Step three: Financing your studies at university

When applying to university, there are several different ways to benefit from additional finance for your degree and living costs, depending on various factors. You may be eligible for additional funding support whilst studying through various other charity or government grants and or bursaries.

Before reading about additional funding available, check out this helpful guide on financing your studies; as part of the Student Dosh guide for getting financially prepared for university.

Alternative options

DSA funding may not always be enough to ensure you can complete your studies and cover the costs. If this is the case, you may be able to secure additional funding through multiple avenues:

For individual benefits advice contact Disability Rights UK to speak with a welfare rights specialist in the Student Money Advice Team at your university or college or try your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

You can also visit RNIB’s ‘Life skills – managing your money’ pages for further advice on benefits, budgeting, debt advice as well as contact information for the RNIB Welfare Advice team across the UK.

Useful information and contacts for funding

Disability Rights UK

Disability Right’s funding education factsheets have lots of handy details about, support and finance. You can also get advice from the Disability Rights UK student helpline on 0330 995 0414 11am-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays or email

Save the Student

Save the Student provides free, impartial advice to students on how to make their money go further. They have a helpful guide on applying for DSA.

Government website

You can find further details about DSA and download an application form at GOV.UK Disabled Students’ Allowances. For large print, Braille or audio versions contact Student Finance England by calling 0141 243 3686 or email

Student Finance

For general Student Finance information visit the GOV.UK Student finance.

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