A Needs Assessment is the term used to describe an informal meeting between you and an experienced Needs Assessor.

The Needs Assessor helps you identify what support you may need when undertaking your course, based on your individual circumstances.

You can attend a Needs Assessment at an independent Assessment Centre or at your university, if they have the facility to do this.

After your Needs Assessment has been carried out, we'll receive a Needs Assessment Report (NAR) which details your needs and any recommendations made by your Needs Assessor, including quotes for any support / equipment which may help you during your studies.

We will review this within 20 working days of receipt and contact you to let you know if your DSAs funding has been approved.

You can search for a local Needs Assessment Centre through the website below

Find a Disabled Students' Allowances assessment centre - GOV.UK (

If you need any further help arranging an appointment or contacting the Assessment Centre, please speak to the disability advisor at your university.