The Academic Year 2015/16 DSA Policy Guidance chapter has not yet been finalised and published by the government, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Student Loans Company (SLC).

We have therefore been advised by BIS, that it will not be possible for Assessment Centres at this stage to carry out study needs assessments for students who will be seeking DSA for the first time from 2015/16 without this finalised guidance. Unfortunately, we do not at this point have a definite date for publication of this guidance.

SFE will continue to instruct students to arrange their study needs assessments, however, it will not be possible for DSA Needs Assessments to be carried out until Assessment Centres receive the finalised guidance and its recommendations.

You can contact an assessment centre immediately, but they will either retain your details in order to offer you an appointment once the guidance has been released, or may be prepared to offer you a provisional appointment. However, you should be aware that this appointment may need to be postponed if the guidance has not been released.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you, but would stress that this is due to circumstances outside of our control. However, please be assured that there is still sufficient time for your Needs Assessment to take place before the start of your studies.