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Needs assessments

You will be asked to have a needs assessment once your Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) has been approved. This gives you the opportunity to talk to a specialist assessor about the difficulties you may have with studying, so that they can tell Student Finance England about the specific support you will need (it is not an assessment of your disability, specific learning difficulty or academic ability.)

To book an appointment for a needs assessment:

  • You can visit any assessment centre (find your local assessment centre).
  • If you are enrolled as a Birkbeck student, you can arrange to have your needs assessment at Birkbeck. (We recommend that you do this, if possible, as we have worked with our needs assessors for many years, and they have a detailed understanding of the specific requirements of studying at Birkbeck.) To arrange an on-site assessment, contact Central London Assessment Services and ask for your assessment to be at Birkbeck, University of London.

Information for needs assessors