Funding your support
Last updated: 09/08/2022 14:48
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). The DSA is a non-means test available to disabled students and designed to pay for any additional study-related costs that may arise as a result of your access requirements.
DSA can potentially help you with funding towards:
- specialist equipment (for example software, hardware and ergonomic equipment)
- non-medical helpers (for example 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 provided in addition to the standard student finance package you receive and is subject to various terms and conditions.
If you are an international or EU student and can get help with your tuition fees, then you will not be eligible for DSA funding.
As part of the DSA process, you will be required to have a needs assessment which we offer. This is to discuss what DSA-funded support you require. We offer a needs assessment service.
How to apply
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, by a suitably qualified assessor.
Book an assessment
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 at email@example.com or phone +44 (0)29 2087 9127.
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.
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 international student, it is important that you consider how you will fund your personal care assistance (for example, privately, via sponsor or charitable trust) and that you arrange this support before you begin living and studying in Cardiff.