Getting your Medical Evidence

You will need to have evidence of your disability or condition before you can apply for DSA.

  • If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia/ Dyspraxia), you will need to provide a full Diagnostic assessment carried out by an educational psychologist, or a suitably qualified professional.
  • For other disabilities or ongoing health conditions, you will need to provide a letter from your GP or from a suitably qualified specialist.

Completing the DSA application form

You will need to complete a DSA 1 application form which you can find by going to your Funding Body web pages below. You will need to submit the completed form to them with a copy of your medical evidence. Links to funding bodies and information about how to apply for DSA can be found here.

Once your eligibility for Disabled Students' Allowances is confirmed, your funding body will ask you to contact an assessment centre to work out what help you need.

This is known as a Study Needs Assessment. Do not book this until your funding body asks you to.

The Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre based at SHU can carry out your Study Needs Assessment to make it as simple and straightforward as possible.

The easiest way to book your appointment is over the phone so please call 0114 225 3623.

We understand that you may prefer to book your appointment via email. To make a booking via email you will need to inform them of the nature of your disability so they can send you the relevant booking form. Please do so by sending an email to