Student Finance Wales 2015/16 Disabled Students Allowance guidance chapter

12 January 2016

A number of updates have been made to the Student Finance Wales 2015/16 Disabled Students Allowance guidance chapter.

The updates cover three main areas:

  • Evidence of how a student's disability affects their ability to study – additional guidance has been provided to clarify that where the medical evidence received does not describe how the student’s disability affects their ability to study there is flexibility in who can provide this further confirmation.
  • Needs assessment fee cap - from 1 January 2016, the fee which Needs Assessment Centres can charge for the study needs assessment will be capped at £660 plus VAT.
  • Use of Skype and video call – additional guidance has been provided to clarify the circumstances where a study needs assessment and where the recommended support may be carried out via Skype or video call.

You can view the guidance and the updates in full at
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/practitioners/policy-information/guidance-chapters