Students Applying for Disabled Student Allowances
If you are dyslexic or have other specific learning difficulties you may be eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowances [DSA] to help you with extra study related costs. To apply you will need to supply evidence of your disability.
Evidence of dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties
You need to provide a full diagnostic report written after you were 16 from:
- A chartered or practitioner psychologist
- A specialist teacher holding a current Assessment Practising Certificate
The report should use the format and tests recommended in the SpLDs Working Group’s Guidelines.
What to do next
Contact your school, or the Disability Advisor at your university or college may be able to help arrange this.
Contact one of the organisations below.
The Health Professions Council [HPC] for psychologists HPC website
The following organisations issue Assessment Practising Certificates to specialist teacher assessors and have lists of qualified assessors:
Dyslexia Action: Dyslexia Action email
Patoss: Patoss email
British Dyslexia Association: BDA email
You will need to pay for your diagnostic report.
More information on Disabled Students’ Allowances can be found on Student Finance England website .
To check if a Specialist Teacher Assessor holds a current Assessment Practising Certificate see the listing on the SASC website. Assessors Page