DSA changes from the academic year2016/17

The Government announced changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) from the academic year 2016/17.

Who will be affected by the changes?

The changes will affect students who apply for DSA for the first time from the academic year 2016/17. Students who are already in receipt of DSA will not be affected.

What are the main changes?

  • The University will take primary responsibility for all band 1 and band 2 non-medical help support (NMH). Sighted Guides will continue to be funded by DSA.
  • DSA will continue to fund band 3 and 4 specialist NMH support. Specialist Transcription Services will become the primary responsibility of the University.
  • All new agreements for NMH support will only be made with suppliers who are registered with DSA-QAG.
  • Funding will continue to be available for multifunctional devices for printing and scanning. Individual printers and scanners will only be recommended in exceptional circumstances.
  • DSA funding will continue to be available for audio capture equipment such as Digital Voice Recorders, Samson Go Mic and Recording Pens. However, the University’s own adjustments will be considered in the first instance along with the student’s own laptop and smartphone. SFE can consider funding for mobile apps but they will not be responsible for replacing smartphones or tablets which are owned by the student.
  • The standard bundle of computer equipment - which was supplied with laptops funded by DSA - will no longer be available. Items will need to be recommended individually by the Needs Assessor.
  • DSA will pay no more than £20 towards the cost of a carry case/laptop bag.
  • An entry level computer that would be required to run less demanding software, such as mind mapping, dictionary or note taking software will not be funded through DSA
  • Additional accommodation costs will no longer be funded by DSA where the accommodation is run by the University or its agent.
  • If the University consider that they are unable to offer a particular type of support, students can use the newly introduced exceptional case process.