DSAs are grants to help meet the extra course costs incurred as a direct result of a disability or Specific Learning Difficulty. They are paid on top of anything you get through the standard student finance package, are not means-tested, and do not need to be repaid.
The Cambridge ACCESS Centre (CAC) offers DSA needs assessments throughout the East Anglia region. The centre primary undertakes assessments for the University of Cambridge, University of Essex and University of Suffolk, although ALL eligible students can receive assessments at ANY of our centres regardless of place of study. The exact support you receive will be determined through a ‘needs assessment’. Our assessor simply makes recommendations to your funding body and they then approve the support.
With excellent accessible facilities, the latest assistive technology and a team of trained experienced assessors, our centres are ideally equipped for providing assessments for students who have applied for help in meeting the extra costs of study arising from a disability.
Firstly, you will need a formal written diagnosis of your Specific Learning Difficulty. This can be obtained from a medical or health professional. You then apply to the funding body for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs). Once determined that you are eligible, you then simply contact us to arrange your assessment.
Our fees are paid for by your funding body. You will not be personally charged for your assessment.