We advise you to check with your funding body (SFE, LEA, Open University, NHS, etc) if you have any queries, or are unsure if you have an allowance in place.
Normally you would order and pay for your consumables yourself, then claim the money back from your funding body.
For a copy of the Student Finance England DSA claim form click here
For information on claiming back from Student Finance Wales, call them on 0845 602 8845
To claim your student allowance back, the completed DSA claim form with the invoices attached should be sent to:
Student Finance England, PO Box 210, Darlington, DL1 9HJ
If you have an allowance from SFE you can access the claim form and guidance for completion of the forms here
Once again, if you are in any doubt as to whether you have an award from your General Allowance, or how this can be used, then you should check with your funding body first.