Am I eligible?
You must be aged 16 years or over
There is no upper age limit but please note that grants are more likely to be awarded where you can provide evidence of the future plans your studies will help you achieve
You should have a diagnosis of (one or more of) a physical condition, long term illness or learning difference. For consistency we use the same categorisation as UCAS
- A learning difference (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, or AD(H)D)
- A visual impairment uncorrected by glasses (e.g. blindness or partial sight)
- A hearing impairment (e.g. D/deafness or partial hearing)
- A physical impairment or challenges with mobility (e.g. climbing stairs or uneven surfaces), or dexterity (e.g. using a keyboard or laboratory equipment)
- A social, behavioural or communication impairment (e.g. an autistic spectrum condition or Tourette’s Syndrome)
- A long-term illness or health condition which may involve pain or cause fatigue, loss of concentration or breathing difficulties – including any effects from taking associated medication.
If you identify with one of these health conditions or impairments, and additionally experience a mental health condition, challenge or disorder (e.g. anxiety or depression) you are eligible to apply. We cannot accept applications from individuals who only identify as experiencing a mental health condition, challenge or disorder (e.g. anxiety or depression).
You can apply as a Home or International student as long as you are studying at a UK institution
International students must have the appropriate Visa in place for the duration of your studies
You must be studying or applying to study at a UK registered further or higher education institution. This includes institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The institution cannot be a school (primary school or secondary school) but must be offering further or higher education. A strong application will demonstrate a clear link between your studies and your future employment or career goals
You can apply to us for funding to support your continuing professional development or a career change, especially if this is a result of disability barriers in your current role, but we will expect clear evidence of why this cost is not being met by an employer or other statutory funding such as Access to Work, Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), and Disabled Living Allowance
The disability-related study costs grant is a last resort funding option and we expect you to apply for all other sources of funding that you are eligible for before applying to us
This includes Disabled Students Allowance and asking your institution for reasonable adjustments and disability support to be put in place. The grant application will ask for details of the other sources of funding you have applied for or reasons why you are not eligible to apply for it.
We appreciate that applying for funding can be difficult. If you are not sure what statutory funding you are eligible to apply for, you can find good advice at Disability Rights UK