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Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Academic Year:

2012-2013

Who It’s For:

Full or part-time students who have self-identified as having a permanent disability

Type of Aid:

Grant

Amount of Aid:

Up to $2,000 per academic year.

When to Apply:

Applications are available in April.

Deadlines:

See Application deadlines below.

How to Apply:

Full-Time Students:

Use the 2012-2013 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students

Part-Time Students:

Use the 2012-2013 OSAP Application for Part-Time Students (application available in late May).

Purpose

This grant assists students, who have self-identified as having a permanent disability, with their educational costs.

Amount of Aid

Up to $2,000 per academic year

Who Can Get This Aid

Student enrolled in a full-time or part-time program who have self-identified as having a permanent disability. For the purposes of this grant, a permanent disability is defined as a functional limitation that is caused by a physical or mental impairment that restricts your ability to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a postsecondary level or in the labour force, and that is expected to remain with you for your life.

    Additional Eligibility Requirements

    You must meet all other eligibility requirements for the application that you are submitting.

    Full-Time Students

    Eligibility requirements for OSAP for Full-Time Students.

    Part-Time Students

    Eligibility requirements for OSAP for Part-Time Students.

How to Apply

    Full-Time Students

    You are considered for this grant when you submit your 2012-2013 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. You can apply online by logging in or you can print a paper copy.

    Part-Time Students

    You are considered for this grant when you submit your OSAP Application for Part-Time Students. You can apply online on this website or you can print a paper copy.

Application Deadlines

The deadline by which your financial aid office must receive your completed application and all required documents are based on the length of your study period:

    Full-Time Students

      • One- term program (12 to 20 weeks in duration) – Your documents must be received by your financial aid office within the first 30 days of your study period.
      • Two- and three-term program (21 to 52 weeks in duration) – Your documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 90 days before the end of your study period.

    Part-Time Students

      • One- term program (12 to 20 weeks in duration) – Your documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 6 weeks prior to the end of your study period.
      • Two- and three-term program (21 to 52 weeks in duration) – Your documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 90 days prior to the end of your study period.

Documents You Need to Provide

In addition to the documentation you will be required to provide as part of your general application for full-time or part-time OSAP funding, you must provide proof of a permanent disability through a recent medical certificate, report or assessment (e.g. a learning disability assessment) completed by a qualified practitioner, or documentation proving that you are in receipt of federal and/or provincial disability assistance.

What Happens After You Apply

Your application will be reviewed by your financial aid office to ensure that all information and required documentation has been provided. If any information is missing/incomplete, they will contact you directly.

How to Check the Status of Your Application and the Amount of Your Aid

    Full-Time Students

    Information about the status of your application is available on this website. Just log in to find the latest information. Remember to provide us with your e-mail address and we will send you a reminder whenever there is a change to your OSAP file. OSAP will also send you paper notification if you request it on your online application. For complete details on checking the status of your application, go to Review your Application.

    Part-Time Students

      • about your application is available on this website. Log in to check the status.
      • your financial aid office if you have any questions regarding the status of your application.

How and When You Get Your Aid

If you applied using the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students then the way that you get your aid is changing for 2012-2013. For complete details go to Getting your Aid.

If you are part-time student, generally you will receive half of your grant at the beginning of your study period and the remainder halfway through your study period. Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities is released through a funding certificate.

How A Change To Your Situation Affects Your Current Aid

Your eligibility for aid can be affected if any of the following happens during your current study period:

    Full-Time Students

      • As a student who has self-identified as having a permanent disability, you reduce your percentage of study to less than 40% of a full-time course load.
      • You withdraw (or are withdrawn) from your current study period.

    Part-Time Students

      • You reduce your percentage of study to less than 20% of a full-time course load
      • You increase your percentage of study to 60% or more of a full-time course load
      • You withdraw (or are withdrawn) from your current study period.

How A Change To Your Situation Affects Your Aid

    Early Withdrawals and Changes in Eligibility

    If you withdraw from studies or change from full- to part-time status within 30 calendar days of the first day of classes, the National Student Loans Service Centre will convert all or part of any Canada Student Grants that have been issued to you into a loan. 

    Furthermore, if a reassessment of your application determines that you are ineligible for previously issued Canada Student Grant(s), all or part of those grant(s) will be converted to a loan.

    For more information on Canada Student Grants and the conditions under which they may be converted to a loan, please contact the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC).