University students with type 1 diabetes have been urged to apply for government grants after JDRF revealed that thousands of pounds of potential funding is unclaimed every year.
According to JDRF many students eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) are not applying for the funding – mistakenly believing that only people with a physical disability can make a claim.
DSA provides specialist, bespoke support to help students with long-term health conditions throughout their time at university. Grants are worth up to £5,684 and are based on individual need rather than household income.
For people with type 1 diabetes, the grants could be used to help fund the cost of a fridge to store insulin, travel costs for appointments at diabetes clinics or medical technology.
With financial concerns often cited as one of the main reasons young people don’t apply for university courses, the report highlights the importance of raising awareness of the availability of DSA to help encourage people with type 1 diabetes to pursue higher education.
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