The main source of additional funding for the majority of students with disabilities is the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), which is available through your local Education and Library Board, Central Services Agency or Social Services Inspectorate, depending on the appropriate funding body. The allowance is available to full-time and some part-time undergraduate students who are resident in the UK, and to some postgraduate students. Disability Services will carry out an assessment of your support requirements and assist you with the application process. You are, therefore, advised to contact Disability Services as early as possible in the academic year if you wish to submit an application.
Students with disabilities can also expect to receive careful consideration when applying for assistance from Access and Hardship Funds, which are administered by the University.
Students concerned about the impact their student status might have on their social security benefits are encouraged to contact the Students' Union Financial Adviser, Connie Craig, for detailed benefit advice.
If you are a student from the Republic of Ireland, you are eligible to apply to its Department of Education's Special Fund for Students with Disabilities. Disability Services keep a supply of application forms, however it should be noted that the closing date for applications is at the beginning of October each year so early application is essential.