The assessment process
Introduction to the assessment process
The following explains each step of the Disabled Students' Allowances study needs assessment process, including what to do before and after your assessment.
You may also find this short film from Student Finance England helpful:
The assessment process explained
Before the DSA Study Needs Assessment – what do you need to do?
- Obtain medical evidence of your condition; impairment; specific learning difficulty (eg dyslexia); or mental health difficulty.
- Apply to your Funding Body for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) with your medical evidence.
You will receive a letter from your Funding Body confirming you are eligible to attend a DSA Study Needs Assessment.
- Register yourself on the AWE Portal to submit booking information for a DSA Study Needs Assessment.
- AWE will contact you, offering an appointment date within 15 working days (in compliance with DSA-QAG quality assurance standards), although it is usually sooner than this.
- At least two working days before the appointment:
- Once AWE have received the required documents they will contact you to confirm the appointment and provide additional details.
DSA Study Needs Assessment
- If you use your own laptop, tablet or smartphone please bring it to the appointment.
- You should allow about two hours for the appointment.
- The Assessor will ask you about the disability-related difficulties that affect your studies.
- The Assessor may show you some software and/or other technology but you will not have to do any tests.
After the DSA Study Needs Assessment – what happens next?
- AWE will email you, confirming your draft (if requested) and final report are ready to download within ten working days of your assessment.
- If you have requested a draft report, you should contact AWE with any comments/amendments within three working days.
- When your report is ready, you can download it from the AWE Portal.
- AWE will send a copy of your final report to:
- your Funding Body
- the Disability Service at your University/College (if previously agreed).
DSA entitlement letter
- You should receive a letter from your Funding Body after about two weeks detailing which of the recommended support will be funded.
- You should contact your Funding Body if you do not receive this letter.
Your Funding Body letter will inform you how to:
- contact the named provider to organise any recommended human study support
- contact the named provider to arrange delivery of any recommended equipment
- contact the named provider to organise any assistive technology training
- claim costs of any recommended allowances.
During the rest of your studies - what if your circumstances change?
Change of circumstances
- Contact your Disability Service if you need changes to your DSA-funded support.
- AWE may be able to provide a review or make changes to recommendations, if requested.