Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Education
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Features 
How the Education Systems Work 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Friday, 10 December, 1999, 07:45 GMT
Disabled students' grants extended

hand Many disabled students have extra costs


Grants for disabled students are to be extended to include those studying part-time as well as full-time.

From next autumn, all disabled students on higher education courses, studying at least half of a full-time course, will be eligible for Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs).

The allowances, which help disabled students buy specialist equipment, and pay for personal helpers and travel expenses, are currently only available to those on full-time courses.

But the new grants will be available to both new and existing part-time students and will not be means tested.

The four DSAs available are for specialist equipment up to 4,055, non-medical personal helpers up to 10,250, unlimited travel expenses and a general allowance up to 1,350.

Education Minister Baroness Blackstone said: "Many people with disabilities have to study part-time rather than full-time because of their disability, yet have been disadvantaged because DSAs were available only to full-time students.

"The extension of the grant means that they can now study part-time, secure in the knowledge that they will be able to afford the additional help they need."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE

See also:
29 Nov 99 |  Education
Disabled students given access assurances

Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
Links to other Education stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Education stories