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Disabled Students' Allowances

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 198942, tabled on 4 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students of each type of main disability are in receipt of disabled students' allowances.

Answered on

12 June 2014

Information on students awarded and paid Disabled Students' Allowance is published annually by Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education England'. The latest statistics are available at the following link:

Information on the disability type for students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance is only available at the point of application and so are not included in our routine statistical outputs. The figures provided in the following table reflect the number of applications and do not necessarily correspond to the number of students who were actually awarded and paid.

DSA Application data by disability type

Academic Year 2012/13

Effective date: 10/07/2013

Disability Type

Number of new DSA applicants assessed as eligible for DSA

Autistic Disorder


Blind/Partial Sight


Deaf/Partial Hearing


Learning Difficulty


Longstanding Illness


Mental Health


Multiple Disabilities


Disability type not Captured




Other Disability not Categorised Elsewhere




[1] Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.

[2] The data has been derived from analysing free text fields therefore may not be 100% accurate.

[3] Count of Applicants refers to new DSA applicants in academic year 2012/13 who have been assessed as eligible for DSA.

[4] Applications are for new DSA applications received in academic year 2012/13.

[5] Total does not add up due to rounding.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills