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How do I apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)?

You can apply for DSA by completing the relevant forms and sending them back to Student Finance. The type of form you will need to complete will depend on your individual circumstances. You will need to provide evidence of a disability in support of your application.

Further information about how to apply can be found on the gov.uk website here. If you would like further advice, please contact Disability & Inclusion at disability@chester.ac.uk

Who is eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)?

Eligibility for DSA depends on your fee status, your intensity of study, and your course. (Some courses are not eligible for DSA.)

Students from overseas are not eligible for DSA but are advised to seek funding from their sponsor.

Further information about eligibility can be found on the gov.uk webpages here

How do I set up my support after receiving Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)?

Once your support is approved, your funding body should send you a Notification of Entitlement (DSA2) by letter or email. It is important you read this document carefully, as it contains important information about the support you are eligible for, and how to order it.

If you are having difficulty arranging your support, please get in touch with Disability & Inclusion, and we can advise further.

I am having difficulties but I don’t have any evidence/a diagnosis, what should I do?

In order to received support all students are required to provide suitable evidence of a disability under the Equality Act 2010. You may wish to approach your GP, or a suitable specialist to obtain this evidence.

You may wish to book a Quick Query appointment with Disability & Inclusion if you would like further advice.

You are responsible for obtaining and paying for any tests to establish your eligibility for DSA

Do I need to provide evidence of my disability?

Yes, your evidence must echo the Equality Act 2010 and state that your diagnosis has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

  • Substantial is more than minor or trivial, e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed.
  • Long term means has lasted, or is expected to last, more than 12 months.
  • Clear diagnosis is definitive confirmation of the health condition or impairment.
What evidence should I provide?

For the majority of disabilities a letter from your doctor, consultant or other medical practitioner is usually acceptable.  Ideally this should:

  • Be on official headed paper,
  • Provide standard contact and organisational information,
  • Be as up to date as possible,
  • Provide a clear diagnosis of a disability in line with the Equality Act 2010,
  • Clearly state that your diagnosis has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

Substantial is more than minor or trivial, e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed.

Long term means has lasted, or is expected to last, more than 12 months.

Clear diagnosis is definitive confirmation of the health condition or impairment.

Evidence can be:

  • A GP letter
  • Educational Psychologist report
  • Specialist practitioner report
  • Educational Health Care Plan
  • University of Chester Disability Evidence pro-forma, or similar.

Your evidence must clearly show the date of diagnosis.

I need the University to complete Section 5 of my application form, who should I send this to?

Current students

For all Current Students, please contact Registry Services.

Telephone:  01244 513583

Email:  SP@chester.ac.uk          

Post:  Registry Services
           Old College
           Parkgate Road
           Chester
           CH1 4BJ

All Applicants

For all applicants, please contact;

           Undergraduate:                             admissions@chester.ac.uk

           Postgraduate Research:               pgr@chester.ac.uk         

           PG Taught:                                      postgrad@chester.ac.uk