Students with a disability, parents, care leavers, and asylum seekers
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
If you are disabled, have an ongoing health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia you can apply for this allowance to help with the costs you incur. It does not have to be repaid and is not dependant on your family income. See the GOV.UK website for more information.
Help if you are a parent
You can get extra help to cover childcare and other costs associated with studying.
See the GOV.UK website for more information.
Help for care leavers
If you are a care leaver you can get help with the cost of accommodation in the holidays whilst you are in higher education. Your local Social Care department will probably be responsible for helping you with the costs of your accommodation during the holidays. You may also be able to apply for extra financial support while you are at university. Speak to your Connexions adviser or social worker for more details.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
If you have Refugee status you will be charged fees at the home student rate and can apply for student support i.e. loans and grants. If you have been granted Humanitarian Protection or Exceptional Leave to Remain you will be charged fees at the home student rate and you can apply for Student Support once you have been resident in the UK for three years. If you are an Asylum Seeker still awaiting a positive decision you cannot apply for student support and you will be charged fees at the higher overseas student rate.
Page last updated 19/10/12