Disabled Students' Allowances

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that students on the disabled students allowance can access the equipment required to study.

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

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are non-means tested, grants which provide valuable support for eligible disabled students, enabling them to participate in higher education alongside non-disabled students. Students eligible for DSAs have their needs assessed and the support recommended as a result, including equipment, is paid for through DSAs. Since 2015 eligible students have been required to pay £200 towards the cost of computer equipment recommended for them, given that computer ownership is now widespread and therefore a mainstream cost for all students. Eligible students are not required to pay for specialist software recommended for them, nor for training in the use of that software.

Information on how to apply for DSAs and what support they offer is freely available on GOV.UK.

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