Young Deaf people considering going to University may not really know where to start…..choosing the right course, choosing the University, leaving home for maybe the first time and on top of that – wondering how you will arrange BSL/English Interpreter and Notetaker support?!?
Well, terptree are here to help! Here is our no-nonsense guide to Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), which is the grant that is available to cover communication support for study in Higher Education.
Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is a form of benefit available to Deaf students in higher education. This includes university degree courses and postgraduate qualifications. If you are classed as disabled and need help to study because you are disabled you can apply for DSA. This includes Deaf people who might need an interpreter or a note taker, blind people who may need special speech to text software or support for students with dyslexia.
What does it pay for?
DSA can be used for the support mentioned before such as special computer software, note takers, lip speakers and British Sign Language/English interpreters. It may also be used for some equipment if this has been agreed in your assessment.
How much can you get?
The maximum DSA for university students is £21,987 a year (part time course) for interpreters or note takers and up to £1,847 in general allowance.
It is not available for further education students such as students aged 16 and above studying at colleges. For college students, the college is responsible for organising and paying for support for students. If you are at college, talk to your Disability or Access Officer to find out more.
How do you apply for DSA?
Talk to your Disability Adviser at your university or college. Ask them if you can apply. They can help you to fill out a form, called DSA1. They might be able to tell you how to apply for other money to help with your study too.