If you are a prospective student, you should apply for the DSA as soon as possible after applying for a place at university; you do not have to wait until after your exams or after receiving your results. The DSA process (from application to implementation of support) is lengthy and can take up to 14 weeks. Therefore, the sooner you apply the more likely the support you need can be put in place, in time for the start of your course. Forms are usually available from March in the year of application.
If you are already at university, you should apply immediately as you can apply for the DSA at any time during your course. Please be aware that Student Finance England's Student Support Regulations does indicate a time limit for applications for DSA as nine months from the start of the academic year. However, this can be extended as long as the application for DSA has been made as soon as is reasonably practicable.
If you are unsure about whether or not to apply for the DSA, speak to our disability team.