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Funding your support

Find out about funding available to meet the cost of your support.

Disabled Students' Allowance

If you are a home student you may be entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which helps cover the cost of your disability support. The DSA is a non-means tested allowance designed to pay for any additional study related costs that may arise as a result of your disability.

DSA can potentially help you with funding towards:

  • specialist equipment (eg software, hardware and ergonomic equipment)
  • non-medical helpers (eg specialist study skills support and mentoring)
  • general additional disability related expenses
  • extra travel costs.

Please be aware that this allowance is only available to UK students via your funding body. It is given in addition to the standard student finance package you receive and is subject to various terms and conditions.

You can make your application for DSA via your funding body in advance of starting your course. Please be aware that the application process can be different for undergraduate and postgraduate students and those studying on a course funded by the NHS.

Please check your funding body’s website for details on how to apply. If you have any questions about making your DSA application please get in touch.

Evidence for your application

When you apply, you'll need to provide evidence that you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act (2010).

Examples of supporting evidence include a GP or specialist’s letter. In the case of a specific learning difficulty a diagnostic report, undertaken when you were aged 16 or over, by a suitably qualified assessor.

If your application is approved, your funding body will ask you to undertake a needs assessment to discuss what DSA-funded support you require.

To arrange a needs assessment at the University, please email us or phone +44 (0)29 2087 9127. Alternatively, you can choose another DSA-QAG approved assessment centre.

International and EU students

If you're an international or EU student, please contact your home government for information about accessing funding. Your sponsors may provide an additional grant to cover any extra expenses you have because of your disability.

We will work with you to assess your needs and implement appropriate reasonable adjustments to support you in your studies.

Contact us to discuss your support needs:

Disability support (Cathays)

Personal care and assistance

Some of our students require personal care and assistance to help with daily living, such as assistance with cooking, shopping, bathing and dressing.

This support is not provided by the University, however we will work with you to provide advice and information on arranging support with external providers and Social Services.

If you're a UK student, Social Services will be responsible for funding your personal care package. If you are an EU or international student, it is important that you consider how you will fund your personal care assistance (eg privately, via sponsor or charitable trust) and that you arrange this support before you begin living and studying in Cardiff.

Find out more

Disability support (Cathays)