University (HE) Assessments

Diagnostic assessment to support applications for study related costs

Why is a diagnostic assessment needed?

Where appropriate, full diagnostic reports for students 16+  and above can also provide evidence and recommendations when preparing to apply for university or to Student Finance England for disabled students’ allowance (DSA).

How much does a diagnostic assessment cost?

17 and under: £525

18 and over: £575

Please note that payment is required to secure an assessment date.

Which locations are covered?

The Dyslexia Association are able to provide diagnostic assessments for DSA remotely via an online platform or face to face in certain locations.

Eligibility for Disabled Students’ Allowance

You can apply for disabled students’ allowance (DSA) if you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study, such as a:

  • specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia or ADHD
  • mental health condition, for example anxiety or depression
  • physical disability, for example if you have to use crutches, a wheelchair or a special keyboard
  • sensory disability, for example if you’re visually impaired, deaf or have a hearing impairment
  • long-term health condition, for example cancer, chronic heart disease or HIV

You must also:

  • be an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including Open University or distance learning)
  • qualify for student finance from Student Finance England
  • be studying on a course that lasts at least a year

A student must meet the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. The support received depends upon individual needs and not on income.

What DSA can pay for

You can get help with the costs of:

  • specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • non-medical helpers, for example a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter or specialist note taker
  • extra travel to attend your course or placement because of your disability
  • other disability-related study support, for example having to print additional copies of documents for proof-reading