Disability Services

I have applied for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), what next?

Following a successful application to Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), your funding body will invite you to arrange an appointment with a Needs Assessor. You will need to follow the instructions from your funding body to arrange this.

Needs Assessors are external to the University and assessments are done on an individual basis to determine what your specific needs may be. This means that students with the same condition or impairment may be recommended different support.

You can also chat with our staff directly every Wednesday from 2 pm - 4 pm and periodically throughout the working week.

Alternatively, chat with our current students who will be able to share this information with you and any other course-related queries.

Or book onto one of our Open Days or Course Advice Days to find out more and speak with the team.

Your input in this assessment is essential as you know how your condition affects you. The needs assessment is a discussion about you, your course, and how your condition or impairment may/does impact your ability to study. It is not a test or medical assessment.

There are four different elements to the DSA and you may be recommended support that comes under one, two or all of these areas:

  • specialist equipment allowance
  • non-medical helper's allowance
  • general allowance
  • travel allowance

From your discussion, the assessor will produce an assessment of study needs report, detailing their recommendations and the associated costs. This will be sent to your funding body for approval.

If during your studies, there is a significant change to your disability, course or you acquire evidence of another disability, you may need to undergo another needs assessment to determine what additional support requirements need to be put in place.

For more information about DSA please see here.

Please contact the Disability Team for more information on 01204 903 478 or email: disabilityinfo@bolton.ac.uk, more information can also be found here.

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