FAQ 1615
What Is a DSA Needs Assessment and why is this required?

A Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) assessment is carried out to identify support you will need on your course and is required by your funding body. They will send you confirmation that they agree for you to book one. The medical evidence you have sent to your funding body establishes your eligibility but the assessment is needed to take account your specific needs in relation to your studies. The assessment report will also contain advice and guidance to help you and your University/College agree reasonable adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your course.

The Assessment is not a test; it is a discussion with your assessor to identify your study requirements and to consider and to identify appropriate study strategies. You can decide which of the support recommendations you may wish to use.

The cost of your DSA assessment will be paid for from the DSAs. Travel costs may be met by your funding body; you should ask them if it is possible. This can be paid for from the General Allowance of the DSA.