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Financial help for students with disabilities

If you have an impairment, health condition (including mental health conditions) or a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, you may be entitled to claim extra financial help as a student. This is paid on top of anything you get through the standard student finance package.

Financial help for disabled students

Sources of extra financial help for disabled students include:

  • Disabled Students' Allowances
  • Support Fund
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance

These are paid on top of the standard student finance package.

Disabled Students' Allowances

Disabled Students' Allowances are grants to help with the extra costs a student may face as the direct result of an impairment, a health condition or a specific learning difficulty.

The amount you can get isn't affected by your household income, and the allowances do not have to be repaid.

Support Fund

If you're in financial difficulty, you may be able to claim additional financial help through the Support Fund.

Disability Living Allowance

You may be able to claim Disability Living Allowance over and above Disabled Students' Allowances and other forms of student finance. Contact your local Social Security Office

Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit

Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit are benefits for people with an illness or disability that affects their ability to work. If you already claim one of these benefits, you may be able to carry on receiving it as a student.

You can get more information about claiming benefits while studying from your local Social Security Office.

Other forms of student finance

Financial help aimed at disabled students is paid on top of the standard student finance package. At the following student finance index page you can find out more about what other types of help you could get as a student – including information on student loans, grants and bursaries.