This grant provides up to $8,000 in non-repayable assistance per academic year for students with permanent disabilities who have disability-related educational costs, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids. The grant is intended to cover disability-related services or equipment required for postsecondary participation that are not accounted for in the need assessment.
Amount of Aid
This grant provides up to $8,000 in non-repayable assistance per academic year.
If you meet the eligibility criteria for this grant and you have verified services and equipment costs of $6,400, you will be eligible to receive a grant of $6,400.
If you meet the eligibility criteria for this grant and you have verified services and equipment costs of $10,000 for exceptional services and equipment, you will be eligible to receive a grant of $8,000 towards those expenses. You may be eligible for funding through the Bursary for Students with Disabilities, as well.
Who Can Get This Aid
You are eligible if you:
- apply and qualify for a Canada portion of a Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan or Part-time Canada Student Loan and Grants;
- are enrolled full-time or part-time in a program at a designated postsecondary institution;
- meet the federal government’s criteria for students with permanent disabilities;
- 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.
How to Apply
You are required to fill out a separate application form for this grant. This application is available online or may be available in paper format from the financial aid office or disability services office at your school. Applications are usually available early May.
If you are attending a public college or university in Ontario, applications must be submitted to the financial aid office at your school. If you are attending a private institution in Ontario or are studying outside Ontario, applications must be mailed to the Ministry.
- 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.
Documents You Need to Provide
You must provide the following:
- Proof of your permanent disability in the form of:
- medical documentation from a physician or other regulated health care professional with the following exceptions:
• for students with a learning disability, the learning 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 or other regulated health professional 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.
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
Contact your financial aid office if you have any questions regarding the status of your application.
How You Get Your Aid
If you are studying at a Ontario public college or university the grant is released by cheques through the financial aid office at your school.
If you are studying at a private institution in Ontario or are studying outside Ontario, contact the financial aid office at your school to find out how you will get your aid.
When You Get Your Aid
The total amount of funding can be provided to you at the time the BSWD/CSG-PDSE application is approved if the funding is to be used to cover a one time purchase. If the funding is to be used to pay an ongoing expense throughout the study period (i.e., tutoring), the funds are generally provided in two instalments (e.g., September and January).
Receipts for equipment (including software) must be provided no later than 30 days after funding is issued. Receipts for services must be provided no later than 30 days after your study period end date. If you do not provide receipts according to these deadlines you may be restricted from receiving further bursary funding until you provide receipts. All receipts must reflect purchase dates after bursary funding is approved by your financial aid office and prior to your study period end date (some exceptions apply).