Financial help for students with disabilities

If you have an impairment, health condition (including mental health conditions) or a specific learning difficulty such as 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 students with disabilities

Sources of extra financial help for students with disabilities include:

  • Disabled Students' Allowances
  • Support Fund
  • Personal Independence Payment 
  • Employment and Support Allowance

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

Disabled Students' Allowances

Disabled Students' Allowances provide extra financial help over and above any reasonable adjustments made by a Higher Education Institution. They do not have to be repaid.  

More information, including rates, can be found at the following link: 

Support Fund

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

Personal Independence Payment 

You may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment over and above Disabled Students' Allowances and other forms of student finance. Contact your local Social Security / Jobs and Benefits Office.

Employment and Support Allowance

You may get Employment and Support Allowance if you have an illness or disability that affects your ability to work. If you already this benefit, 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 / Jobs and Benefits Office.

Other forms of student finance

Financial help for students with disabilities is paid on top of the standard student finance package. You can find out more about what other types of help you could get as a student, including student loans, grants and bursaries, at the following page:

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