These allowances are to help students with
disabilities benefit as fully as possible from their course.
They cover special equipment, non-medical helpers
and other general expenses. Remember, these allowances are not
Assistance with travel costs can be given in some
How do I apply for student disability
General disability allowance
This provides supplementary payments for
disability related expenditure linked to the course.
It may be used for expenditure not
covered by specific allowances and to supplement expenditure on
non-medical helpers and/or special equipment that exceeds the
maximum provided by these allowances.
Special equipment allowance
This covers major items of equipment which a
student with a disability needs to benefit fully from the course. It is payable at any time
during the course, by one or more instalments.
If it's more economical, items of equipment should be leased
rather bought, especially if the claim is made during the
latter stages of the course. Disabled students may find the
AbilityNet website of useful. It gives impartial,
expert advice about computer technology for people with
Non-medical personal helper's allowance
This reimburses students for expenditure on
personal helpers - such as readers, lip speakers, note takers,
non-medical carers - needed for the student to benefit fully from
The provision of these allowances does not remove our
duty to provide assistance towards personal care costs which
would have been incurred irrespective of a student's attendance on
Travel for disabled students
You can claim travel expenses if, because of your disability, you incur additional costs. You'll be asked to show how your disability incurs additional costs,
and to provide medical evidence if necessary.
Apply for travel assistance for children and young people with SEND