Thomas Pocklington Trust and National Deaf Children's Society hosted a live Q&A with the Student Loans Company

Thank you to everyone who joined our live Q&A webinar. For those who were not able to make it, you can find materials from the session below:

Student Loans Company presentation slides on Disabled Students' Allowance (DSAs)

This event was British Sign Language interpreted and captioned live. The recording includes the live interpretation and transcription.

During the live Q&A with the Student Loans Company, we had so many questions through from our attendees, it was not possible to answer every single one within the time.  So we have produced this question and answer sheet which covers all of those questions we did not manage to answer in the live session. If you do have any other questions please do get in touch.

British Sign Language interpretation of this page can be found here.

For more information on the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSAs) and how to start your application now, click here

About the Q&A

Are you a deaf student or have a visual impairment about to start your higher education course in England?

Are you wondering what you need to do to make sure that you have the right finances in place before you start?

Then join us on Wednesday 27th May 11am to 12pm to hear from the Student Loans Company on everything you need to know about applying for student finance and Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) in England.

Perhaps you haven’t applied yet, and don’t know where to start? Or you have applied but not sure what the next steps are?

There is no need to worry, come and join our webinar with the Student Loans Company - who will talk you through everything that you need to know. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions.

In this FREE webinar, you will get the unique opportunity to hear from the Student Loans Company directly to find out: 


  • What DSAs are and how to apply.
  • How COVID-19 is impacting DSA applications and provision of support.
  • How to apply for DSA and what support you may need in HE.
  • What wider financial support may also be available for them.

The panel will include:

  • Welcome and overview from Tara Chattaway, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Martin McLean, National Deaf Children's Society. 
  • Presentation and Q&A: Amy Hedges, Student Loans Company and Neil Edmondson, Student Loans Company. 

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the UK’s leading charity for deaf children and young people. Its helpline provides free, independent information and guidance for deaf young people up to the age of 25, their families and professionals that work with them. There are a range of different ways you can get in touch with the helpline.