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University support

If you are studying or wish to study in full-time or part-time education or training courses, you might be eligible for help to cover extra costs associated with studying with a disability.

In England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) helps students with a long-term health condition cover the extra costs associated with studying with a disability (specialist equipment, extra travel etc). Students can apply for the allowance on top of their other student finance and do not need to repay DSAs.

The Disabled Students Helpline provides advice and support for disabled people aged 18 and over, who are studying or wish to study in England at any level in full-time or part-time education or training courses.

University Hardship/Support Funds are sometimes available to provide help if you’re facing financial difficulty and need extra support. Check your university’s website for details.

We also provide education grants, which are administered on behalf of the Trust by the Joseph Levy Education Fund. The Fund helps adults with CF over the age of 18 with the costs of higher education or other professional qualifications including vocational training. They also accept applications from people with cystic fibrosis aged 16 or 17 who are not moving into formal further education and who wish instead to undertake vocational training. For further information please contact Maria Zava by email or on 020 7616 1207. 

Leaving school resources

Find out about how CF might affect your options after secondary school, download our booklets, order them to your door, or watch our video on what you can do after leaving school or college.

Other financial support

We support people with cystic fibrosis and their families every step of the way, from welfare grants, support applying for benefits and information and advice for times in financial need. 


Our confidential Helpline offers a listening ear, as well as information and support on any aspect of cystic fibrosis, including financial support such as benefits and our welfare grants.