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.
The maximum amount of aid available from this bursary is $2,000 per academic year.
You must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for this bursary:
Any purchases made prior to your BSWD/CSG-PDSE application being approved are made at your own risk as they may not be approved for this bursary.
Only disability-related equipment and software purchased no more than 60 days prior to your study period start date will be considered.
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.
Use the 2016-2017 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 and HTML formats.
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.
The 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.
In 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.
Send your completed application and all required documents to your school’s financial aid office.
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
The deadlines for the 2016-2017 Ontario BSWD/CSG-PDSE application are as follows:
Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.
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.
Your application will be reviewed by your financial aid office to ensure that all information and required documentation has been provided.
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.
Ministry staff will review your application to determine the most efficient and cost-effective equipment or services required to meet your specific needs.
Your 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.
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.
To remain eligible for the bursary funds issued to you, you must:
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.
Your receipts must be received by your financial aid office no later than 30 days after you receive your bursary funding.
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.
Contact your financial aid office if you have any questions about the status of your BSWD/CSG-PDSE application.