Funding for disabled students

Disabled students can apply for funding to access disability-related support and adjustments. In most cases, funding is available for any student who is registered with Disability Services. 

The support provided by this funding is in addition to the academic adjustments recommended by Disability Services. It exists to cover the costs of extra provisions such as specialist equipment and one to one support.  

We recommend that every eligible student apply for funding. Setting up funding can take some time, so consider applying as soon as possible to make sure your support is in place for you.

The table below outlines the possible funding sources available to you:

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 and find more info on DSA here.

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 and find more info on DSA here.
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 and find more info on DSA here.
Non Research Council Home (UK) Funded Postgraduates   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 and find more info on DSA here.
NHS Funded Students Disabled Students’ Allowances provided by your NHS funding body Apply via your NHS funding body. 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.
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.
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  
NHS Student Bursaries (Scotland)  

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: 

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