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Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)

Academic Year:

2014-2015

Who It’s For:

Full-time and part-time students who:

• self-identify as having either a permanent or temporary disability,

• have disability-related educational costs for services or equipment that are not covered by another agency or service, and

• require these services/equipment to participate in postsecondary studies.

Type of Aid:

Bursary

Amount of Aid:

Up to $2,000 per academic year.

How to Apply:

Use the 2014-2015 Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (BSWD/CSG-PDSE) application.

PDF Version

When to Apply:

See the BSWD/CSG-PDSE deadlines, below.

Deadlines:

Application deadline: 60 days before the end of your study period.

Document deadline: 40 days before the end of your study period.

Receipt deadline: See Receipts Deadline section for details.

Purpose

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities provides aid to students self-identifying as having either permanent or temporary disabilities. This bursary assists with the costs of disability-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids that are required to participate in postsecondary studies.

Amount of Aid

The maximum amount of aid available from this bursary is $2,000 per academic year.

Who Can Get This Aid

You must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for this bursary:

  • You have applied for and are eligible for funding from one of the following sources for the 2014-2015 academic year:
    • OSAP for Full-Time Students and have at least $1 in calculated provincial need; or
    • OSAP for Part-Time Students and are receiving an Ontario Part-Time Grant; or
    • The Institution Funded Special Bursary.
  • You have self-identified as having a permanent or temporary disability.
  • You have disability-related educational costs (e.g. note-takers, vision/learning aids) that are not covered by another agency or service.

Services and Equipment Purchased Prior to Receiving Approval

Any purchases made prior your BSWD/CSG-PDSE application being approved are made at your own risk as they may not be approved for this bursary.

    Equipment and Software Purchases

    Only disability-related equipment and software purchased no more than 60 days prior to your study period start date will be considered.

    Psycho-Educational/Learning Disability Assessments

    The costs of a Psycho-Educational/Learning Disability Assessment dated up to six (6) months before your current study period start date may be reimbursed.

How to Apply

Use the 2014-2015 Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (BSWD/CSG-PDSE) application. This application is available in .pdf format.

Contact your school’s Office for Students with Disabilities if you require assistance in completing your application. If your school does not have an Office for Students with Disabilities, you can contact your financial aid office.

Documents You Need to Provide

  • documents you need to provide are based on the type of accommodation you require. See the BSWD/CSG-PDSE application for complete details for your required documents.
  • addition, you will be required to provide receipts for the equipment and/or services that you have been approved for funding. See also, What Happens After You Get Your Aid, below.

Where to Send Your Application and Documents

    Students at a publicly-assisted Ontario college or university

    Send your completed application and all required documents to your school’s financial aid office.

    Students at a private postsecondary school in Ontario or any postsecondary school outside of Ontario

    Once your school's financial aid office has reviewed and signed your application, send your application and all documentation to:

Student Financial Assistance Branch

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

189 Red River Road, 4th Floor

Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6G9

Deadlines

The deadlines for the 2014-2015 Ontario BSWD/CSG-PDSE application are as follows:

    Application Deadline

    Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

    Documentation Deadline*

    All required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    * See also, Receipts Deadlines, below.

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.

    Students at a publicly-assisted Ontario college or university

    Staff at your school’s Office for Students with Disabilities will review your application to determine the most efficient and cost-effective equipment or services required to meet your specific needs.

    Students at a private postsecondary school in Ontario or any postsecondary school outside of Ontario

    Ministry staff will review your application to determine the most efficient and cost-effective equipment or services required to meet your specific needs.

What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid

You application must be complete and approved before any funding is released. In addition, your school must confirm your enrollment before any of your funding can be disbursed.

Note: no funds are released until on or after your study period start date.

How You Get Your Aid

Funding is released through the financial aid office at your school or from the ministry, normally in the form of a cheque. Contact your school for details on how they issue this bursary.

What happens After You Get Your Aid

To remain eligible for the bursary funds issued to you, you must:

  • Purchase all approved equipment and/or services by the end of your study period, and
  • Provide valid receipts and time logs (if applicable) prior to the receipt deadlines shown below for purchases made. The receipts must equal the amount of your approved equipment and/or services.
    • If the purchase price was less than the amount of funding approved, you must return the unused bursary money corresponding to the approved items.
    • If you are unable to provide valid receipts for your approved services and/or equipment, you must return the bursary money corresponding to those approved items.

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may be restricted from receiving any further funding through OSAP until you repay the bursary money provided to you.

Receipts Deadline

    Deadline: Equipment Receipts

    Your receipts must be received by your financial aid office no later than 30 days after you receive your bursary funding.

    Deadline: Services Receipts

    Your receipts must be received by your financial aid office no later than 30 days after the end of your study period. In addition, if you were approved for tutoring or note taking services, you must also provide a time log that matches your receipts for these items.

How to Check the Status of Your Application

Contact your financial aid office if you have any questions about the status of your BSWD/CSG-PDSE application.