Learning support for Higher Education students is funded through Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). DSA is a grant to help pay for additional equipment and support needed as a result of disability, ongoing health condition, sensory impairment, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. The allowance can help with the cost of a non-medical helper, specialist equipment, the cost of extra travel and other course related items. We advise that you apply early if you think you are eligible as the process can take a couple of months to complete.
As a student at Southport College's University Centre you can apply for DSA if you have a formal diagnosis of a:
- Long-term health condition
- Mental health condition
- Learning difficulty or specific learning difficulty for example: MLD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD or ASD
You must also:
- Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student
- Have a condition that affects your ability to study
- Qualify for student finance from Student Finance England
- Be studying on an H.E. course that lasts at least a year
The support you receive depends on your individual needs as stated in your Needs Assessment and not on incomeDSA Frequently Asked Questions
DSA Non-medical helper tutoring rates
Maximum Example Figures for 2022-23 Undergraduates
Can get up to £25,575 a year for support which includes Specialist equipment allowance, non-medical helper allowance and general allowance.
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.
This can be on its own or in addition to any student finance you get.
The type of support and how much you get depends on your individual needs - not your household income.
You do not need to pay back DSA.