The DSA Specialist Equipment Allowance helps students get the equipment they need to fully benefit from their course. This will cover them for the whole study duration even if they transfer to another course.
The Specialist Equipment Allowance can be used to buy and insure items that will help a student with their studies, such as:
Any equipment bought with this allowance must have been included in the DSA Needs Assessment report. If a Study Needs Assessment recommends that a student need a computer or laptop, depending on the funding body, the student may be asked to make a contribution of £200 towards it.
Any equipment you already have, whether purchased with DSAs or not, should continue to be used. The funding can be used to insure or extend the warranties of existing equipment.
You can use your own supplier when buying a laptop. If the cost of the laptop is more than the amount that has been agreed, then you will have to cover any additional costs.
At Book My Assessment, we do not recommend you do this as there are many advantages to using the government appointed one-stop-shop suppliers.
Students can upgrade equipment bought with their Specialist Equipment Allowance as long as the upgraded equipment meets the student’s needs as outlined in their Study Needs Assessment report, and the student pays for the upgrade.
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