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.
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:
- Grant awarding charities – some charities and organisations provide funding towards any additional support or equipment to help your studies. Click here for the list of charities and organisations who may support you.
- Access to Learning Fund – for students who are in financial difficulty, you may be eligible for the Access to Learning fund. The application is organised through your university or college. Click here for more information on the Access to Learning Fund.
- Student Grants – If you are a full-time student, you may be eligible for a non-repayable Maintenance or Special Support Grant. Click here for more information on Student Grants.
- Disability Living Allowance – You may be able to claim Disability Living Allowance in addition to Disabled Students’ Allowances and other forms of student finance. Click here for more information on Student Grants.
- Government benefits – Most full-time students cannot claim welfare benefits. However, if you are registered blind or you get a Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you may be able to apply for other benefits including Housing Benefit. The amount you will be eligible will be subject to other funding you receive. Click here for more information on Housing Benefits.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Student
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 email@example.com.
For general Student Finance information visit the GOV.UK Student finance.
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