If you qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSAs), you will be asked to attend an ‘assessment centre’ for an ‘assessment of need’ to work out what support and equipment may be available. The aim of this assessment is to what support you will need throughout your studies.

Here we explain how to book your DSA assessment and what happens at the assessment centre.


How to book your DSA assessment

Some universities have assessment centres located within their student support or disability service which you can attend. University assessors are usually very knowledgeable about the specific needs for their place of study. You can also attend an assessment centre nearer home.

To find your nearest DSA centre, click here.


The DSA Assessment and future changes

Once you have chosen your DSA assessment location, the assessor should receive information about your current support (if any) received at a school or college which takes into account the current prognosis of your eye condition as well as future demands of the course in the coming years.

For a full guide on how to prepare and what to expect at your DSA assessment, click here.



Here is a summary of what discussions to expect at the centre:

  • What methods you use to currently study
  • What and how you use technology
  • What new technology and support you may need to enable you to engage with your course

You may also get to try out some of the equipment (subject to specific DSA centres)


You will receive a completed report that includes recommendations of the support you should receive, details about the specification, prices of equipment. This is sent to Student Finance England for approval.

Future changes to your DSA

The DSA assessment is designed to meet your needs throughout your time at university but sometimes things change. For example, you may experience a deterioration in your sight or a problematic module which may require additional access to a new piece of equipment.

If this is the case, you can apply for a ‘top-up assessment’ which will look your circumstances and try to provide a solution.

You can find out more information on DSA 'top up' here.