Disabled Students' Allowances

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of students who (a) applied and (b) qualified for the Disabled Student Allowances in each year since 2011.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

Student Loans Company (SLC) Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) application records are shown below. The data is shown by academic year and covers both new and continuing DSAs applications for full- and part-time students domiciled in England studying on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Year

Individual applications

Qualified

% of applications which qualified

2011/12

49,978

42,952

86%

2012/13

50,033

44,993

90%

2013/14

54,049

49,646

92%

2014/15

67,651

57,615

85%

2015/16

69,608

58,711

84%

2016/17[1]

68,942

59,821

87%

The SLC internal application tracker data do not align with SLC statistical first release (SFR) data covering take up of DSAs as: not all DSAs students need to apply each year; and not all students who are eligible/qualified for DSAs subsequently draw down support. The SLC SFR data are available at http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/financial-support-awarded/england-higher-education.aspx.

[1] Applications are still being received, so these are not the final figures.

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