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Check your eligibility for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) could help pay for specialist equipment and software, a study support helper, additional costs and travel costs. The eligibility quiz is a quick and easy way to check if you may be eligible for DSA funding.

Begin the quiz below, or find out more about how a DSA can help to support you with your studies.

If you need any help you can contact the DSA Office direct on 01908 654136 or email .

Note that this quiz checks DSA eligibility for students in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The funding process is different for students in Scotland.

If you are an international student studying with us directly, please be aware that DSA and some other services on this website are funded by the UK government for UK-based students only, so won't be available to you. We therefore advise you to contact us on +44 845 241 6555 to talk through your particular situation.

DSA Eligibility Quiz

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1/9: Do you have a physical or sensory disability, mental health disability, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD)?

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A disability is a long term condition or specific learning difficulty that's likely to affect your ability to study on a day to day basis. We will require evidence from either a GP or specialist which confirms the diagnosis of your condition.

2/9: Where were you born?

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We will need you to submit certified evidence to prove your identity/status.

3/9: How long have you been ordinarily resident in the UK?

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You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the 3 years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of your qualification.

4/9: Will you be living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland on the first day of each academic year of your studies?

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You must normally live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland on the first day of each academic year of your current programme of OU study.

5/9: Do you have a bursary or award from the National Health Service; Department of Health; or Department of Heath, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)?

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In order to get a DSA you must not be in receipt of a bursary or award from any of the above organisations.

6/9: Are you behind with repayments of any loan you have had from the Student Loans Company (SLC)?

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If you are behind with any repayments to the SLC you will not be able to receive a DSA until this loan has been repaid.

7/9: Are you going to register for at least 30 credit points in one academic year?

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You must be studying a module of at least 30 credits.

8/9: Do you intend to study towards an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification of at least 60 credits?

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You must be studying towards a qualification of at least 60 credits.

9/9: Do you have a current DSA elsewhere?

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You cannot, at any one time, have DSAs for more than one course of part-time study.
You may not be eligible. See Eligibility for a DSA
You may be eligible but we will need evidence of your status giving you the right to be in UK.

It appears that you may be eligible for a DSA.

You may now apply online or download a DSA application form below.