Disabled Students' Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowance

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) provides financial support to students with on-going health conditions, mental health conditions and SpLD’ s to help meet the additional costs that may be incurred when utilising support from the institution.

The amount awarded to individual students depends on the type of support that the student has been identified as a necessary adjustment outlined in their Access Report.

The DSA may be used for:

  • Specialist equipment (Dictaphone, laptop, software)
  • Non-Medical helpers (notetakers, facilitators, specialist tutor)
  • Travel costs
  • General allowance (consumables)

Early application is essential to ensure that students support is in place at the beginning of their course and continued throughout the academic year.

Information on DSA

Information on DSA

Our aim as a department is to provide help and assistance to students with disabilities when it is required. Support is provided through many different forms, a few examples of the support we offer include advice, extra time in exams or Non-Medical Helper (NMH) support. Examples of Non-Medical Helper Support can be found at the bottom of the page.

If you are still unsure on the process of how to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), please contact us by telephone on 01902 321074 or by email ssw@wlv.ac.uk where we will be able to provide you with assistance. If you would prefer to speak to someone face to face about applying for DSA, we are located within the Alan Turing (MI001) Building at the City campus, the full address can be found below:

Student Support & Wellbeing
University of Wolverhampton
Alan Turing (MI) Building
Wulfruna Street

 It is important to remember the following points when applying for DSA:

  • You do not have to pay back any money for the support and equipment you receive
  • Make a copy of any evidence that you send to support your application
  • Make a note of the day the application was sent to enable you to chase this up if you do not have any contact with the funding body within a couple of weeks

Non-Medical Helper Support

Band Band Descriptors Activity Role
1 Practical Assistance
  1. Support Assistant
2 Enhanced Assistance
  1. Manual Notetaker
  2. Study Assistant
  3. Examination Support Worker
3 Specialist Enabling Support
  1. Electronic Notetaker
  2. Specialist Transcription
  3. Mobility Trainer
  4. Communication Support Worker
4 Specialist Access and Learning Support
  1. Specialist Mentor
  2. Specialist One to One Study Skills Support