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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.

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

If you live in the Republic of Ireland you are not eligible for a DSA, which is funded by the UK government for UK-based students only.

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 difficulty, 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 this could be your birth certificate or your passport. The DSA application form gives you full instructions on how to certify your documents correctly. A full list of EU countries can be found here http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/index_en.htm

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, Scotland, 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, Scotland, 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 a Department of Health or NHS Bursary (excluding the social work bursary paid by the NHS Business Services Authority); a healthcare bursary from the Department of Health for Northern Ireland; a Research Council Bursary; an NHS Business Services Authority bursary for students studying an approved postgraduate social work course that includes extra support because of your disability; or a bursary from a college or university that includes extra support because of your disability?

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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 repaying a Student Loan under the terms of the original repayment agreement, or if the Student Loans Company has formally agreed for you to defer your repayments, you should answer ‘No’. If you have defaulted on your loan, you must answer ‘Yes’ Being in default includes missing scheduled payments or making special arrangements to make smaller repayments than originally agreed. If you have any queries about a loan you have received from the Student Loans Company, you should contact them directly by phone: 0845 073 8895.

7/9: Are you going to register for at least 30 credits in one academic year? If you live in Scotland are you registered on at least 60 credits?

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You must be studying a module/s of at least 30 credits which start in the same academic year. However if you live in Scotland this must be 60 credits on a qualification lasting more than one academic year. The academic year runs from 1 September to 31 August.

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.