Will I be supported in my education?  

It is important that where you have any additional needs, you make your institution aware of them as they may have an impact on your studies at some point during your education. This includes long-term health conditions, learning difficulties, physical or sensory disabilities, and mental health conditions. There is lots of support for you to access, this page will identify some of the help that you may find at your chosen institution. 

You should try to contact the institution you are hoping to attend directly so that they may be able to tell you more about the guidance they can offer. We can support you in accessing contacts at your chosen institution if you require any assistance, contact us via our email: linchigher@bishopg.ac.uk

Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is support to cover the study-related costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability.

What DSA can pay for

You can get help with the costs of:

  • specialist equipment, for example a computer if you need one because of your disability
  • non-medical helpers, for example a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter or specialist note taker
  • extra travel to attend your course or placement because of your disability
  • other disability-related study support, for example having to print additional copies of documents for proof-reading


You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study, such as a:

  • specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia or ADHD
  • mental health condition, for example anxiety or depression
  • physical disability, for example if you have to use crutches, a wheelchair or a special keyboard
  • sensory disability, for example if you’re visually impaired, deaf or have a hearing impairment
  • long-term health condition, for example cancer, chronic heart disease or HIV

You must also:

  • be an undergraduate or postgraduate student (including Open University or distance learning)
  • qualify for student finance from Student Finance England
  • be studying on a course that lasts at least a year

You can find more information on Disabled Students' Allowance and how to apply via the government website:



Bishop Grosseteste University

Interested in learning more about SEND and Inclusion? Hear firsthand from students at BGU about their experiences whilst studying at Higher Education. These students are studying Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion (SENDI) at BGU. 

University of Lincoln 

Hear from students who attended the UoL Wellbeing Orientation Week (WOW). WOW Summer school is an award winning transitional Summer school for students with a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s or a condition that may make the transition from further education to university more challenging.

WOW Summer school provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the University, what to expect and what is expected of them whilst studying at Higher Education level. It’s aim is to ease any anxieties students may have about the transition into University life.

Disability Bursaries

Below is a list of bursaries available at some of our partner institutions. You can follow links to the relevant webpages under each section. 

Use the heading tabs to expand and collapse each section.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries.

George Major Bursaries.

George Major Bursaries aims to provide bursaries for students with disabilities.

Bursary Amount:
The bursary is a set amount of £1,000 paid to eligible students on Undergraduate, Postgraduate (Research) and Postgraduate (Taught) courses. 

Selection Criteria:
The bursaries will be used to support students who have a life-long illness (see indicative list below although this is not exhaustive) where additional financial support could be used to help a student enjoy a better quality of life and have access to all aspects of their students experience.

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • HIV
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Neurodegenerative disease (i.e. multiple sclerosis)
  • Genetic conditions
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Renal disease

How to Apply:
The bursaries will be administered by Student Services, who can be contacted by emailing studentsupport@lincoln.ac.uk.

See more here

There are many more scholarships and bursaries which may apply to you, for example:

"Almost half of our new UK undergraduates currently qualify for our University of Lincoln Scholarship, worth £1,500 over three years of study. University of Lincoln Scholarship - The University of Lincoln Scholarship is for UK students whose household income is less than £45,875/year.

Our £1,000 Excellence Scholarships recognise outstanding academic achievement of new undergraduates across our four academic Colleges. We also offer an array of scholarships to support suitably qualified international students when they join us at Lincoln and there is support for postgraduate level study too.

Blackburn Bursary - The Blackburn Bursary aims to provide extra support for students coming to the University who have previously received local authority care and are defined as ‘care leavers’, as determined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000."

View them all here

Bishop Grosseteste University can has various ways of supporting students with access needs. You can view the information available from BGU here: 

Accessibility at BGU 

Support at Boston College

16-19 Bursary Fund.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and allows the College to help learners overcome specific financial barriers, so they can remain in education.

Those aged 16-18 or over 19 and have an EHCP or over 19 and classed as a '19+ continuer' on the 31st August 2021, may qualify for help with transport, course materials, uniform, UCAS fees, educational trips and visits and food credit.

Find out more

Support at Grantham College

16-18 Bursary Fund. 

"We understand that studying at college may cause financial problems. We have a Student Finance department that provides both existing and prospective students with advice and guidance in relation to Student Finance, while also providing financial support to students studying at Grantham College."

"You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 and:

  • studying at a publicly funded school or college in England - not a university
  • on a training course, including unpaid work experience

(A publicly funded school is one that does not charge you for attending it.)

If you’re 19 and over
You could also get a bursary if you either:

  • are continuing on a course you started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ’19+ continuer’)
  • have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)"

You should contact Grantham College for more information specific to your needs:

Learning Support

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

If you are studying a University level course at Grantham College and have a learning disability or difficulty then you can apply for a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

DSA grants are based on your personal needs and not at all based on your income. The funds are paid to the supplier of support or specialist equipment which may be the college if you so choose.

This is on an application basis, see more via the website.

Grantham College

Bursary Support for Vulnerable Young People

Learners, aged 16-18, who are in care (local authority), care leavers, on income support or universal credit in their own name or in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments may be eligible for a VYP bursary worth up to £1,200.

You can access an application form for the current year via the GIFHE website:


Support at Stamford College

16 – 19 Vulnerable Student Bursary.

Vulnerable Bursary of up to £1,200 per academic year. You will be paid £33.33 per week throughout the academic year; this is dependent on your attendance being 85% weekly. You may also be eligible for a free college bus pass and the uniform and kit you need to complete your course.

Stamford College

Support at Riseholme College

The Vulnerable Bursary

The Vulnerable Bursary of £1,200 is available for those in care, care leavers, those on income support and those students who receive both the Disability Allowance and the Employment Support Allowance.

Riseholme College

You can get more information from enquiries@riseholme.ac.uk

Support at Lincoln College

16-18 Extended Bursary

Please note - This is available for the Academic Year 2021/2021 if you are aged under 19 on 31/08/2021. Information for Academic Year 2022-23 will be available from 5th July, 2022.

"This Bursary, which is worth up to £1,200, is available to you if you are aged 16-18 on 31/08/2021 and you are:

Receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in your own right, or

  • Receiving Employment Support Allowance (ESA), or Universal Credit in place of ESA and Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or Personal Independence Payments in place of DLA in your own right, or
  • A Looked After Child In Local Authority Care, or
  • A Local Authority Care Leaver
  •  Other rules may apply. For more information contact the Financial Support Team, Student Services on 01522 876000 or email us at financialsupport@lincolncollege.ac.uk
  • This support is made available through the Education Skills Funding Agency’s 16-19 Bursary scheme. Click here for an application form

You can also contact the assessment officer directly at assessmentofficer@lincolncollege.ac.uk : 01522 876225 for additional support for students with a physical disability. Learners should declare this on their application form; this will trigger an assessment of their support needs with an Assessment Officer.


If applying to Further Education, Higher Education, Postgraduate study, and Apprenticeships, you may have to do so via UCAS. The UCAS website can provide you with information on both preparing for Open Days and Campus Visits, as well as the importance of speaking with Disability Support Teams. 

You can explore the UCAS website's Frequently Asked Questions here:


Additional Resources

We have various resources available for you to view on our FutureFocus website, these include the following:

Interested in more? We have the following resources available on our Virtual Learning Environment, LiNCHigher Learning:

  • Inspirational Stories: Jake Coles. In this video, Jake, who has a visual impairment, speaks about his journey to Higher Education. 
  • Wellbeing Sessions by The University of Lincoln. This resource includes three videos on the following topics: Getting Ahead, Fresh Start, Emotional Fitness.
  • Wellbeing Series with MenTalk Lincs. This resource includes five videos on the following topics: Imposter Syndrome, Growth and Positive Mindset, Making Mistakes is Ok, Practicing Gratitude and Stress Management.  

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