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Disability financial assistance

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is a government grant that covers study support costs if you have a disability. It’s not means tested, there’s no age limit and this allowance doesn’t need to be repaid.

We use the single term ‘disabled’ or ‘disability’ to cover long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) and mental health difficulties. These entitle you to support.

For more details, visit our Supporting students with disabilities.

I was made aware of the disabled students’ allowance (DSA) and The Open University student support team supplied both helpful equipment and a mentor who was a qualified counselling psychologist. Her advice and support has been invaluable beyond words.

Kevin Offley, BSc (Hons) Open Degree

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