Support for disabled students

The funding available for disabled students has risen in the last year. This is to help the move towards a more inclusive model of education, and to support the growing number of students reporting mental health problems.

Funding increased following a review in 2015. This showed how higher education providers supported students with specific learning differences, like Dyslexia, and also how they supported students with mental health problems.

A comprehensive review of current support systems shows how providers will use the extra funds to make their support for disabled students and students with mental health problems more inclusive. We will follow this up next year with another review to see what progress has been made to improve those systems.

If you’re a student   

If you’re a student with a long-term illness, disability or a mental health issue, you can apply for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs).

You won’t need to repay DSAs and you can get them on top of any other student finance you receive.

You may also be able to access other support from your higher education provider. Contact them directly to find out what’s available.

If you’re a higher education provider

The barriers to participation and success for disabled students come from institutions, systems and processes, so providers have an important role to play in improving things.

Part of the solution is more inclusive curricula, learning and teaching environments, and restructured support. 

The government published guidance on how to move towards more inclusive practice in January 2017.


  • details the benefits of inclusive practice to higher education providers
  • provides examples of simple actions to bring about change
  • explains how providers can adopt a strategic approach to reasonable adjustments.


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