What if I want to source my own laptop?

If you are considering purchasing your own computer; here is some information to help you decide if it’s the right decision for you.
You may not be aware of some of the benefits to ordering equipment from an approved DSA supplier that has been quoted in your study needs assessment report, here are a few:
 Your funding body pays the supplier directly for your equipment so you don’t need to fund all the cost upfront yourself
 High level of after care services
 Experience of providing equipment to disabled student’s and understanding of their needs
 They will ensure any assistive software recommended in your needs assessment is set up and runs correctly on your computer
If you’d still like to purchase your own computer from another supplier such as an internet company or high street store you can do so, however you’ll need to pay for this yourself and then send your funding body a copy of your receipt for reimbursement. The amount will be confirmed by your funding body and will be the same amount they would have paid towards a computer if you had not decided to purchase your own.
You will also need to make sure you have sufficient warranty and insurance on your computer for the duration of your course. Your funding body will also be able to reimburse you for this cost if you send them a copy of your receipt.
The computer you buy needs to meet the following minimum specification to be eligible for reimbursement:

Before you carry out any updates to your operating system, please contact the supplier of your software to confirm compatibility. If any problems occur with your computer you’ll be responsible for repair or replacement, DSA won’t be able to provide any funding to you for this.
Your next steps:

  1. Confirm you do wish to purchase your own computer by emailing DSA_Team@slc.co.uk or by calling 0300 100 0607 (Please ensure you use the e-mail address registered on your account and that you state your full name and customer reference number. If you are purchasing a Mac, please let the funding body know so they can re-quote for correct versions of your assistive software)
  2. Your funding body will confirm that you can go ahead and purchase your own computer.
  3. Your funding body will request a re-quote of your DSA IT equipment order minus the computer currently on there, and issue you with an updated funding letter.
  4. Purchase the computer and send them a copy of the receipt.
  5. Forward a copy of your updated DSA funding letter to the selected equipment supplier, who will be able to install the equipment on your order onto the machine you have purchased.
  6. Your funding body will pay the amount listed above directly to your bank account once they have received the invoice from your supplier confirming the installation was successful and specification is sufficient.