Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) & Personal Independent Payment (PIP)

Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA)


If you think you have Dyslexia or other SpLD and you are a student in higher education (or intending to go onto higher education), you may be able to claim the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). You can use this to pay for specialist equipment or tuition.

Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) is available for students in the UK, who are studying for a full-time (and some part-time) courses at a university. You may also be able to get the DSA if you are taking classes at the ‘Open University’.

You will need to have a full Educational Psychologist assessment. If this shows positive for dyslexia or other SpLD, a grant of up to £5,358 (2017-2018) is available and can be used to pay for specialist equipment and tuition (including study skills). Specialist equipment could include a computer, software, printer, scanner and recording equipment. This grant is not ‘means tested’.

The reason for these extra provisions is because students with dyslexia or other SpLD often take much longer, or they need more specialised equipment, to complete their work. These additional allowances, give them a ‘level playing field’.

 Educational Psychologists are fully qualified and independent professionals with a great deal of experience of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NLD), Cerebral Ataxia and other SpLD.

While an educational psychologist is often seen as being expensive, they are well worth their money. The report you will receive will give extensive and detailed recommendations in both equipment and specialised tuition you may require. You usually only need one report, often obtained before you start university.

Reports must be post-16 (i.e. after 16), therefore if you had one at school, this would need to be updated in order to qualify for these allowances. However, many psychologists do not usually charge the same price for reports, if they did the previous one. Always check first.

Further information about Student Finance England, go to: Gov UK: Disabled Students Allowance

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can be claimed by individuals with severe: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Nonverbal Learning difficulties (NLD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), (AS), Cerebral Ataxia and some other learning difficulties. These problems must be severe.

To claim this allowance, you will need to have a comprehensive Educational Psychologist Assessment. If this is positive for dyslexia, or other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) you may be entitled to claim the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

This allowance is approximately £50 a week and can be used to pay for specialist equipment and tuition.
For further information on Educational Psychologists, please click here

To claim this allowance, you will need to have a comprehensive Educational Psychologist Assessment. If this is positive for dyslexia, or other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) you may be entitled to claim the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

This allowance is approximately £50 a week and can be used to pay for specialist equipment and tuition.

For further information on Educational Psychologists, please click here

 

For further information on Educational Psychologists, please click here

Educational Psychologists are fully qualified and independent professionals with a great deal of experience of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NLD), Cerebral Ataxia and other SpLD.

While an educational psychologist is often seen as being expensive, they are well worth their money. The report you will receive will give extensive and detailed recommendations in both equipment and specialised tuition you may require. You usually only need one report, often obtained before you start university.

 

 

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Since 2016, the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being phased out and is being replaced with the Personal Independence Allowance (PIP), (see above details).

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)


 

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can be claimed by individuals with severe: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Nonverbal Learning difficulties (NLD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), (AS), Cerebral Ataxia and some other learning difficulties. These problems must be severe.

 

 

Reports must be post-16 (i.e. after 16), therefore if you had one at school, this would need to be updated in order to qualify for these allowances.  However, many psychologists do not usually charge the same price for reports, if they did the previous one.  Always check first.

Further information about Student Finance England, go to:  Gov UK:  Disabled Students Allowance