We provide computers, devices, software and peripherals to students with disabilities through the government’s Disabled Students’ Allowance scheme. As a leading industry supplier of DSA services, we have experts throughout the UK to help students and associated bodies with Assistive Technology equipment, training and support.
What is the DSA?
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a Government grant for UK students with disabilities who are enrolled on higher education courses.
DSA grants help meet the extra costs students can face as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition and are aimed at helping disabled people to study on an equal basis with other students.
Grants don’t depend on your household income and it is paid on top of the standard student finance package. You don’t have to pay it back. The grant allowance is assessed on an individual basis for full-time or part-time higher education students, with more allocated to support the highest levels of need.
If you are eligible, the Disabled Students’ Allowance is worth up to £5,529 for specialist equipment for the entire course. More is available for a Non-Medical Helper (NMH) to train and support you in using the equipment or software supplied.
DSA is administered through Student Finance England, Wales and N.I. and they have provided a PDF download called: Extra help – Disabled Students’ Allowances. This leaflet gives full details of eligibility criteria and how to apply. The process can take a while, so the sooner you do this the better.
If you qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowance you will need to have a Needs Assessment. It is recommended you use one of the centres from the Disabled Students’ Allowance – Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG); this web page will help you find the centre nearest to you.
How iansyst help in providing DSA
iansyst Ltd is an approved Disabled Students’ Allowance – Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) Assistive Technology supplier and provide specialist equipment, support and training for students who have received the DSA grant award.
With UK-wide coverage, iansyst one of the leading and most experienced DSA suppliers, meeting the needs of disabled students nationwide since 1996.
After a Needs Assessment, your Assessor or Disability Officer will determine your requirements, gather quotes from several DSA Suppliers, including iansyst and they will provide the DSA regional funding body (i.e. Student Finance England, Student Awards Agency for Scotland, or your Local Education Authority) with a report which includes the detail of equipment, training and support required to help with your disability.
iansyst provide Assessors with an online DSA quoting system or our access to our dedicated team to help generate quotes easily and efficiently, making sure your requirements are fulfilled. The funding body will choose an approved supplier and send you a letter to confirm your grant and award details.
Students who receive their equipment and training from us can note that iansyst long standing track record in setting up and developing the DSA’s Service Level Agreement for suppliers, we continue to guide the industry on the best standards of service and working practices. The high standards expected of a DSA Supplier are based on the Quality Assurance Framework QAF (PDF). This is the base standard we will always try to exceed.
Received a DSA funding letter?
Start your Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) order, you will need to send your approval letter to us. Please ensure you send a copy of all pages from your approval letter.
To start your order, simply follow the link below to upload your letter to us – You can also pay your £200 student contribution if applicable.
If you are unsure as to whether you have the correct letter, take a look at some of these examples of the first page of approval letters below. Please note, we will need to receive a copy of all pages from your approval letter.
The only thing you need to do is check that your contact details are correct and we have an up-to-date contact number and e-mail address for you so we can keep you updated every step of the way!
Once we have received your approval letter, we will get everything sorted and send you a confirmation email.
At this point we will take payment and discuss any upgrades you might like to make. To find out more about upgrading your order, please visit our DSA Computer Upgrade page on our website.
We will then call to arrange a convenient delivery time and will have your order with you as soon as possible.
Upgrade my DSA order
Upgrading your DSA laptop is a simple process with iansyst. If you have been approved a laptop to help with your studying at university, you can upgrade to a higher specification laptop with a small additional contribution!
I need supplies!
Students in receipt of a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) can receive a reimbursement from the Students Loans Company (SLC) or from Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS) for the consumables shown by claiming your costs shown on your DSA entitlement letter. This is the link to the DSA Claim Forms. We will supply you with the invoice.