Funding for disabled students

If you're a disabled student, have a long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty you may need to apply for funding to access disability related support and adjustments. In most cases this funding is available for any student who is registered with the University and who has completed the Disability Services sign up process. 

Funding for disability support can be complex however Disability Services aim to advise on eligibility and guide you through the process. 

We have provided below an overview of the main types of disability funding available to students. If you have any questions about your eligibility or how to access funding please contact us. 

Overview of funding
 Who you are   Likely Funding Source   What to do 
 Home (UK) Undergraduate  Disabled Students' Allowances provided by one of the main Student Finance funding bodies (eg Student Finance England).   Apply via your Student Finance funding body. You can do this before you start your studies. See links below.
 NHS Funded Students  Disabled Students' Allowances provided by your NHS funding body Apply via your NHS funding body. See links below. 
 Home (UK) Taught Postgraduate  Disabled Students' Allowances provided by one of the main Student Finance funding bodies (eg Student Finance England).   Apply via your Student Finance funding body. You can do this before you start your studies. See links below.
 Research Council Funded Postgraduates  Disabled Students' Allowances provided by your Research Council  Talk to your Disability Coordinator and they will assist you further.
Non Research Council Funded Postgraduates   Disabled Students' Allowances provided by your Research Council  Talk to your Disability Coordinator and they will assist you further.
International and EU Students  There is likely to be funding available but the provider will vary.   Talk to your disability coordinator and they will assist you further.
 Part-time Home (UK) Students  Disabled Students' Allowances provided by one of the main Student Finance funding bodies (eg Student Finance England).  You are eligible provided the course is at least one year and doesn't take more than four times as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course Apply via your Student Finance funding body. You can do this before you start your studies. See links below.
 Other Part-time Students  There is likely to be funding available but the provider will vary.  Talk to your Disability Coordinator and they will assist you further.
 Study Abroad and Exchange Students (Erasmus)  There is likely to be funding available but the provider will vary.  Talk to your Disability Coordinator and they will assist you further.
 Degree Apprentices   Funding is available as part of your apprenticeship  Talk to your Disability Coordinator and they will assist you further.

 

Funding Bodies
Student Finance England 
Student Finance Northern Ireland
Student Finance Wales
Student Awards Agency Scotland
Research Councils UK 
NHS Student Bursaries (England) 
NHS Bursary Administration Unit (Northern Ireland)
 NHS Wales Student Awards Unit 

 


Why do I need funding?

The funding you receive can pay for additional support that you might need so that you can study on an equal basis with non-disabled students. This may include the following: 

    1. Specialist supportive equipment and assistive technology, for example computer software, ergonomic aids.
    2. Support from people, for example mentors, dyslexia support tutors and note takers.
    3. Additional travel expenses due to disability and studying.
    4. Small, ongoing additional expenses that you might have because of your disability, for example extra printer paper or photocopying.

      You cannot use study related disability funding for: 
    • something that you would still need if you weren’t studying
    • anything a non-disabled student would be expected to buy, for example core text books or personal support for daily tasks
    • anything that is considered to be "treatment".

    What funding will I receive? 

    The funding your receive will depend on your circumstances, your requirements and your funding body. Please note that disabled students' allowances are not grants or loans and the money is not paid to you directly. The suppliers of any equipment or support will manage payments on your behalf. 

    Eligibility and Evidence 

    In order to access any disability related funding, you will need to: 

    1. Check your residency status to determine your eligibility. The table above may help with this or you can talk to your Disability Coordinator. 
    2. Check your course and university are eligible. Most higher education courses run through colleges and universities are eligible.
    3. Provide evidence of your disability. 

      If you are unsure about your eligibility or evidence, please contact Disability Services.  

      Where can I find out more?

      Disability Rights UK has produced a comprehensive fact sheet covering all aspects of disability support funding at University which may answer any questions that you have. Alternatively you can contact Disability Services for further advice on disability support and funding.