Disabled Students' Allowances

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

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Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the £200 contribution for Disabled Students’ Allowance equipment on the take-up of that allowance on students from low income families.

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

Students from the lowest-income households who started their courses this year have access to the largest ever amounts of cash-in-hand support for their living costs.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are not means-tested so applicants are not required to submit evidence of their family income. DSAs are not intended to cover study costs any student might have, nor disability-related expenditure a student would incur if they were not studying in higher education. The £200 contribution was introduced as computers are a mainstream cost for all students and it is right therefore that students eligible for DSAs should contribute towards the cost of their DSAs-recommended computer equipment.

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