Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) Funding >

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is a financial allowance to help students who have a disability meet additional course-related costs that occur as a result of their disability.

If you have a disability, ongoing physical or mental health issues, or if you suspect that you may have dyslexia for instance, please contact Learning Support so that experienced practitioners can work with you to identify and assess your learning needs.

Eligibility: DSA funding is available only to UK students, by application to their funding body: Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, and Student Finance Northern Ireland.

Learning Needs Assessment: GSA’s Learning Support and Development Service is validated to conduct Learning Needs Assessments for the purpose of DSA. 

Learning Support Practitioners will look at how you learn, your past experience of learning, and how your disability might impact on your learning. Recommended support may be:

  • specialist equipment
  • assistive software
  • one-to-one support.

Important information for Student Finance students applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) Funding

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is validated to assess students for DSA, who come to study at GSA from England, Wales and Northern Ireland (as well as Scottish students).

By arranging your support directly with GSA, our Disability Support Advisers can recommend the most appropriate DSA support within the context of your course. They can also arrange your GSA support at the same time.

Also, any future requirements can be managed here at GSA without you having to spend time and money travelling back to an assessment centre in England/Wales/Northern Ireland.

We encourage students to complete a Disability Disclosure Form once they have received and accepted an offer of study at GSA and we will get in touch with you. 


For further information or to make an appointment, please contact:

Tel: 0141 353 4787

Email: learningsupport@gsa.ac.uk