Join our DSA Claim It! campaign

Support our camapign and help us spread the word about DSAOur DSA Claim It! Campaign encourages any student in higher education to look at whether they are eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).

  • DSAs are one of the only grants still available to UK Higher Education students
  • You don't have to pay them back and it can make a huge difference to your studies
  • For many people it's the difference between being able to study or having to leave a course
  • Many people who are eligible do not apply for DSAs
  • Support our campaign and help us spread the word so that every student who is eligible gets the support they need!

Why should you claim it?

  • Higher chance of passing your degree
  • More likely to get higher grades
  • Your tutor and student support services can help make the necessary adjustments to ensure the learning environment meets your needs
  • You may be eligible a range of equipment and software to help you learn
  • You may be eligible for training and support

Shane Lynch talks to AbilityNet 

In our video Boyzone star Shane Lynch talks about his Dyslexia and shows his support to our Claim It! Campaign.

What are DSAs?

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) are a Government grant that can pay for extra equipment and support that you may need as a direct result of your disability, on-going health condition, sensory impairment, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. 

As well as computer hardware and software and other specialist equipment you may be able to use the grant to help with the cost of having a non-medical helper, specialist equipment, and the cost of extra travel and other items for your course, such as extra books and photocopying.

Who can claim DSAs?

You are eligible for DSA if you are a student on a higher education course who lives in England and can prove that you have a disability, medical condition, sensory impairment, mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty which affects your ability to study.

DSAs can help people with a wide range of disabilities including all sorts of conditions and impairments which affect your ability to study. This can include:

  • Dyslexia/Dyspraxia
  • Sensory Impairments
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Physical disabilities
  • Chronic health conditions, such as Diabetes and Asthma
  • Mental health conditions, such as Anxiety and Depression

How to apply

Download the application forms and further guidance from the relevant website:

#ClaimItDSA - Help us spread the word!

AbilityNet wants everyone who is eligible to claim their grant but it is estimated that in 2017 nearly half the people who are eligible did not claim.

We know the difference that this support can make so we're asking everyone to share this information about DSA with everyone they know - we want to reach new students but we also want to tell parents, teachers, education advisers and even employers. 

Share this page on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you never know who you might help.

Anyone whose life has been changed by DSA

Share your story about how DSA changed your life and inspire others

Disability advisers and others who support disabled people

  • Make sure everyone entering or thinking about higher education knows about DSAs

Disability charities, student unions or student websites

Help us reach students by:

  • Tweet about DSAs to your followers
  • Like our Facebook page at
  • Post news about DSAs on your Facebook page
  • Write a blog post or newsletter article that brings them to this page or the QAG page.

Spread the word in your workplace!

  • There may be parents or brothers or sisters or friends or colleagues of someone who's just going to uni and doesn't know about it.
  • Why not see if you can get it mentioned in your internal newsletter?

Or just talk about it in the pub! You never know who could find this useful.

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