Disabled Students' Allowance

At Canterbury Christ Church University, we are committed to providing an excellent learning experience to all whatever your needs are and the Student Disability Service is here to support you if you are facing, or potentially facing disabling barriers to higher education.

If you have a disability including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia it is important for you to be aware of the Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs 2017/2018. DSAs don’t depend on your household income but do depend on your individual needs.

If eligible, these grants can help pay the extra essential costs you may have as a direct result of your disability and include the following allowances:

  • Specialist equipment allowance for any specialist equipment you need because of your disability.
  • Non-medical helper allowance to pay for support workers and other non-medical assistance you need to use to benefit fully from your course.
  • Travel allowance covers additional travel costs you pay to get to university or placement as a direct result of your disability.
  • General allowance for other extra disability related costs you may have.

How to apply?

The application process can take up to 14 weeks so it’s important you apply early to make sure your DSA are in place in time for starting your course.

If you are applying for student finance you need to do this before you apply for DSAs and let Student Finance England know. They will then send you the appropriate form. For further information click here.

But don’t worry if it all seems a bit daunting, contact our Student Disability Service and they will help you through the process.

Next Steps

In addition to helping you apply for DSA, the Student Disability Service can help develop a Learning Support Plan for you which identifies what further practical assistance you might need including extended library loans, productivity software or accessible teaching rooms.

So please contact our Student Disability Service, either by email disability@canterbury.ac.uk. or by phone on 01227 922576 for further advice.


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Last edited: 25/07/2017 12:40:00