Wigan Council, and all other Local Authorities (LA's) are empowered by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to process claims for Student Finance – Disabled Students Allowance from students who are resident in the borough. The Student Loan scheme is open to every student who has been resident in the British Isles, without any restrictions on their stay here, and who wish to study at Higher National Diploma up to and including Degree level. In addition, those wishing to qualify as teachers may also apply for funding for their post graduate teacher training course.To apply to Wigan for Disabled Students Allowance this should be your place of residence prior to commencing your studies. The detail of the student support scheme is complex and this "web" page does not attempt to provide an exhaustive source of information on the scheme, merely an overview. (Full details are available on the Department for Education and Skills Web site).All students wishing to obtain Disabled Students Allowance to assist them with their studies in Higher Education have only one means of funding available to them; the local government administered Student Support scheme.
Disabled Student Allowances for Full & Part Time Students
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are intended to assist students on higher education courses who face additional costs in studying due to a disability. The types of costs covered include, special equipment, non-medical helpers and other general expenses. In certain circumstances help with travel costs can be provided.
The DSAs are available as part of the package of support provided for students who qualify for higher education student support for either full time, part time or postgraduate study. The allowances are grants and not means tested.
Please contact the Student Loans section on 01942 486123. Other wise you can download a form from the Student Support (External link) site.