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Disability and dyslexia funding

If you’re disabled or dyslexic, you might be entitled to funding towards certain study costs. The Disability Service can explain the type of funding you are eligible for and help you to apply.

Funding may pay for:

  • Assistive software
  • Specialist equipment
  • Specialist one-to-one support
  • Travel

Your nationality, residency status and course all affect how you access funding. Some students apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) through their funding body. Others access funding through the University.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

If you are studying one of the following Higher Education courses, you may be eligible for DSAs:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA). This is not the same as a Foundation Diploma
  • Undergraduate degree (BA, BSc)
  • Postgraduate course (MA, MSc, Integrated Masters, Research Degree, PgCert)

Students must also meet the criteria to apply for funding as a ‘Home’ student. The Student Advice Service provides guidance on the Home, EU or Overseas fee and funding categories.

Visit the Disabled Students’ Allowances webpage for more information.

Higher Education students from Ireland

You may be eligible for the ‘Fund for Students with Disabilities’. Find out more and check your eligibility online.

Please contact the Disability Service if you’re eligible. A Disability Adviser will need to help you apply.

Funding from the University

The University provides funding for students who are not eligible for DSAs. This includes funding for specialist support, equipment and travel needed to access your course.

If you are studying one of the following courses you are not eligible for DSAs:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access courses
  • International Introduction to the Study of Design, Media and Screen
  • International Introduction to the Study of Fashion

Please contact the Disability Service to discuss your requirements as soon as possible. We can start the conversation before you begin your course.

A Disability Adviser will conduct an assessment of your needs. They will arrange funding where relevant.

Other sources of funding

State benefits

Some disabled students may be eligible to claim Government welfare benefits. These can cover costs that are not directly associated with studying.

The Student Advice Service can help you find out if you are eligible to apply.

Funding from charities

The Snowdon Award Scheme provides grants to physically impaired students to help them access further or higher education.

The Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired offers financial grants to young people (up until their mid-20s) who have a hearing impairment and are resident in the UK.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 6156

Please tell us: 
1. Your name
2. Student ID number (if known)
3. The course you are interested in
4. The nature of your query

Information is treated confidentially and will not be passed to third parties without consent. For exceptions, please see the Disability Service Confidentiality Guide (PDF 1201KB).