Funding for
disabled students

The university has a wide range of disability support available. On occasion, this not may be enough, and so additional specialist support may need to be arranged to enable access to learning. If this applies to you, you should contact the Disability Officer at the earliest opportunity, so that funding options can be discussed.

Please be aware that Regent's University London does not have an Access to Learning Fund. In addition, the University is unable to fund any personal care support, so you should ensure that they have sufficient funding to support this. For UK students, assistance with personal care would normally be provided by their home Social Services Department.

Disabled Students' Allowance

If you are a UK student (or have 'settled' status), you can apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), which can help with additional costs as a result of a disability. Standalone university foundation courses are not DSA eligible; other eligibility criteria can be found via the www.gov.uk website. The www.yourdsa.com website gives details about the written evidence of disability needed for application. If you have a long-term health condition,  Student Finance England has a  Disability Evidence Form which you can take to your medical practitioner to complete. If you have a mental health condition you will need a letter or report from your doctor or consultant.

Apply for DSA as soon as possible - you can apply before receiving an offer. If you are applying to Student Finance England for a maintenance grant or loan you can apply for DSA at the same time: tick the box indicating that you have a disability and would like to receive more information. A pre-populated DSA Form 1 will be sent to you for completion. More information on the process and how long it takes is on the DSAQAG website. The Disability Officer can assist with your application.

DSA application for Students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:

If you currently live in Wales, see: http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk . If you currently live in Scotland, see; http://www.saas.gov.uk/forms_and_guides/dsa.htm  . If you currently live in Northern Ireland contact your local Education and Library Board (ELB) or apply online through: http://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

Needs assessment:

Once your DSA application is processed, you will be assessed at a Needs Assessment Centre. The Needs Assessment Report may recommend that you are supported by a non-medical helper (NMH). The following table gives details of NMH providers and hourly rates (as at 2016/17):

NMH service and rates:


Band 1 Support Assistants

Note below the NMH provider with whom the institution has an agreement in place with.

Net

VAT

Total

Library Support Assistant

Equality Focus

£15.95

£3.19

£19.14

Band 2 Enhanced Support Assistants

 

 

 

 

Manual Note Taker

Equality Focus

£19.95

£3.99

£23.94

Manual Note Taker

Clarion

£22.00

£2.00

£24.00

Band 3 Specialist Enabling Support

 

 

 

 

Communication Support Worker

City Lit

£44.00

N/A

£44.00

Communication Support Worker

Clarion

£38.00

£7.60

£45.60

Electronic Note taker/Manual Note taker

City Lit

£40.00

N/A

£40.00

Electronic Note Taker

Clarion

£35.00

£7.00

£42.00

Electronic Note Taker (HI students) including Specialist Note Taker and Speech to Text Reporter

Randstad

£39.99

£8.00

£47.98

Electronic Note Taker (VI students) requiring Braille

Randstad

£39.33

£8.00

£47.98

Band 4 Specialist Access and Learning Facilitators

 

 

 

 

Specialist Mentor

Equality Focus

£57.95

£11.59

£69.54

Specialist Mentor

Clarion

£62.00

£12.40

£74.40

Specialist One to One Study Skills Support

Various

 

 

 

Specialist Mentor - Mental Health

Randstad

£55.49

£11.10

£66.59

BSL Interpreter - includes Interpreter for the deaf or Deafblind People

Randstad

£57.00

£11.40

£68.40

BSL Interpreter

Clarion

£38.00

£7.60

£45.60

BSL Interpreter (BSL Level 6)

City Lit

£53.00 

N/A

£53.00

Specialist 1:1 Study Skills Support - SpLD

Randstad

£55.49

£11.10

£66.59

Language Support Tutor for deaf students

Randstad

£59.99

£12.00

£71.98

Other funding options for disabled students

If your additional disability support needs cannot be met by DSA, contact the Disability Officer without delay. Depending on the support required, the Disability Officer may advise you to apply to other organisations, for assistance with funding, such as:

Snowdon Trust: EU/international student) who are not eligible for DSA may be able to apply. Applications are only considered at certain times of year so please apply by the set deadline. More information is available on the Snowdon Trust website.  

The Student Health Association: The Student Disability Assistance Fund  can make awards of up to £500. Full-time/nearly full-time disabled students can apply. Please check the eligibility criteria.

Erasmus placement funding for severely disabled students
The Erasmus website states: 'If you have a severe disability or exceptional special needs then you may be entitled to extra funding to cover associated costs on your Erasmus placement.' There are strict eligibility criteria for the Erasmus Programme, which a student can check on the website. Please note, up-to-date written evidence of the disability is required and a detailed cost estimate is required for the adjustments needed. If you think you may be eligible for funding, contact Regent's University London’s International Partnerships staff (responsible for organising placements) as soon as possible. Staff may need to liaise with the Disability Officer.

Lighter workload: Fees

If a disabled applicant would have difficulty managing a full workload and wishes to enquire about the possibility of undertaking a programme of study with a lighter workload they should apply to the Disability Officer at the earliest opportunity, prior to application. Depending on the academic requirements of the programme of study, a lighter workload may be viable.

If so, the possibility of reduced fees can be investigated, to reflect the study load. If the student is applying to Student Finance England and any loan/grant is agreed on the basis of the student being full-time then a lighter workload cannot be agreed. For a Tier 4 visa bearing student, a lighter workload could potentially extend their course end date and may affect their overall 5 year maximum study period in the UK. The Student Retention & Immigration Compliance Manager will therefore need to be consulted, to ensure that the student would have enough time to complete their programme.

Travel costs

If your sole residence is in London and you have an eligible disability, you may be able to apply for a Freedom Pass.

If you study in London but do not live in London you will not be eligible.

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Student Disability Policy
Disability Access Statement
Funding for disabled students
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