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Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)

Academic Year:

2012-2013

Who It’s For:

Full-time and part-time students with either permanent or temporary disabilities who have disability-related educational costs for services or equipment that are not covered by another agency or service and are required for postsecondary participation.

Type of Aid:

Bursary

Amount of Aid:

Up to $2,000 per academic year.

When to Apply:

Applications are available in April

Deadlines:

Yes, based on the length of your study period.

Deadline details.

How to Apply:

Use the Application for Bursary for Students with Disabilities and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (BSWD/CSG-PDSE).

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Purpose

This bursary provides up to $2,000 per academic year for students with permanent or temporary disabilities who require education-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids, that are directly related to their disability.

Amount of Aid

Up to $2,000 per academic year.

Who Can Get This Aid

You may be eligible if you:

  • have applied and are eligible for OSAP for Full-Time Students and have at least $1 in calculated Ontario need; or
  • have applied and are eligible for OSAP for Part-Time Students and are receiving an Ontario Part-Time Grant; or
  • have applied and are eligible for an Institution Funded Special Bursary.

AND,

  • have a permanent or temporary disability;
  • have disability-related educational costs (e.g. note-takers, vision/learning aids) that result from your disability and are not covered by another agency.

How to Apply

Applicants are advised to complete their application with the assistance of staff from their school’s Office for Students with Disabilities. If your school does not have an Office for Students with Disabilities, you may contact the Ministry for assistance as per instructions on the application.

Use the Application for Bursary for Students with Disabilities and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities.

For students attending a public college or university in Ontario, applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at their school. For students attending a private institution in Ontario or who are studying outside Ontario, applications must be mailed to the Ministry. For complete details see the instructions on the BSWD/CSG-PDSE application.

When you submit the Application for Bursary for Students with Disabilities and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities, your eligibility for aid through the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) will also be determined.

Documents You Need to Provide

  • must provide documentation that demonstrates you have either a permanent disability or temporary disability.

    Acceptable documentation of disability includes:

    • medical documentation from a physician or other regulated health care professional with the following exceptions:
      • for students with a learning disability, the learning disability assessment must be from a registered psychologist or psychologist’s associate;
      • for students with Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD) or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), documentation must be from a registered psychologist or psychologist’s associate with ADD/ADHD training, a neuro-psychologist, or physician with ADD/ADHD training;
    • Written documentation from a physician, a regulated health professional or a qualified assessor confirming that you are in need of disability-related educational services or equipment for participation in postsecondary studies; and
    • Depending on the type of services and/or equipment you need, you may have to obtain one or more written quotes for the expected costs. Your financial aid office and/or the Office for Students with Disabilities at your school can provide you with the type of information required.

Deadlines

Students must submit their BSWD/CSG-PDSE application according to the following deadlines:

  • If you are enrolled in a one-term study period (up to 20 weeks) you must submit your BSWD/CSG-PDSE application within the first 30 days of your study period.
  • If you are enrolled in a two- or three-term study period (21 weeks or longer) you must submit your BSWD/CSG-PDSE application at least 90 days before the end of your study period.

What Happens After You Apply

If you are attending a public Ontario university or college of applied arts and technology in Ontario, staff at your school’s Offices for Students with Disabilities are available to assist you. They provide a variety of services, such as determining how to best meet your disability-related educational needs. They play a key role in the review of your bursary request, such as determining the best type of accommodation required as well as the most cost-effective means of providing an item or service to you.

In addition, your application will also 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

Contact your financial aid office if you have any questions about your bursary application.

What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid

Your application will have to be reviewed by the Office for Students with Disabilities (if applicable) and approved by the financial aid office at your school.

How You Get Your Aid

The grant is released by cheque through the financial aid office at the student’s school.

When You Get Your Aid

The total amount of funding may be provided to you when your bursary application is approved if the funding is to be used to cover a one time purchase.

If the bursary is for an ongoing expense throughout your study period (i.e., tutoring), your bursary is normally provided in two or more instalments.

Receipt Requirements

You must provide receipts for equipment and/or services purchased as soon as possible after purchase, but no later than 30 days after the end of the study period. All purchases must be made within the study period. If you do not, you are no longer considered eligible for the bursary that was provided to you and you will be required to repay all or part of the bursary issued.