Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Purpose

The Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities provides aid to postsecondary students who have self-identified as having a permanent disability. This grant provides help to pay for education-related costs such as tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs and transportation. It’s available to full and part-time students attending a postsecondary school that is approved for OSAP purposes.

Amount of Aid

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

Who Can Get This Aid

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

  • You have applied for and are eligible for funding as indicated from one of the following sources for the 2016-2017 academic year:
    • OSAP for Full-Time Students and have at least $1 in calculated federal need; or
    • OSAP for Part-Time Students
  • You have self-identified as having a permanent disability.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for grant:

  • Use the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. This application is available online or in paper format.
  • Use the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Part-Time Students. This application is available online or in paper format.

Deadlines

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Full-time Students

    The deadlines for the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students 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.

    Document Deadline

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

    Note: Documents received after your deadline date will not be considered.

    Review Deadline

    Any review request must be received no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Review requests received after your deadline date will not be considered.

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Part-time Students

    The deadlines for the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Part-Time Students 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.

      • One-term programs (12 to 20 weeks long): Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 6 weeks before the end of your study period.
      • Two- and three-term program (21 to 52 weeks long): Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

    Document Deadline

      • One-term programs (12 to 20 weeks long): Your required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 6 weeks before the end of your study period.
      • Two- and three-term programs (21 to 52 weeks long): Your required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Documents received after your deadline date will not be considered.

    Review Deadline

      • One-term programs (12 to 20 weeks long): Your required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 6 weeks before the end of your study period.
      • Two- and three-term program (21 to 52 weeks long): Your required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Review requests received after your deadline date will not be considered.

Documents You Need to Provide

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Full-time Students

    See the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students for complete details on your required documents. You may also be required to provide proof of your permanent disability as part of your application.

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Part-time Students

    See the OSAP Application for Part-Time Students for complete details on your required documents. You may also be required to provide proof of your permanent disability as part of your application.

What Happens After You Apply

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Full-time Students

    Your eligibility for this grant is determined as part of the processing of your 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. Once your application is received, it’s processed in several stages that include:

      • Confirming all required information and documents have been provided.
      • Determining whether you meet all the eligibility requirements.
      • Verifying the following information:
        • Your Social Insurance Number and personal identification information (name, date of birth, and gender) is verified with the Social Insurance Registry.
        • Your credit history is verified with a credit reporting agency (Equifax).

    When determining your eligibility, your income (and that of your spouse or parent(s), if applicable) will be verified with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Results from the CRA income verification process may impact your eligibility for this grant if any of this income information is not accurately reported on your application.

    You can log into the OSAP website at any time to see what stage your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is at.

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Part-time Students

    Your eligibility for this grant is determined as part of the processing of your 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Part-Time Students. Once your application is received, it’s processed in several stages that include:

      • Confirming all required information and documents have been provided.
      • Determining whether you meet all the eligibility requirements.
      • Verifying your Social Insurance Number and personal identification information (name, date of birth, and gender) with the Social Insurance Registry.

What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid

Your application, along with all required documents must be received and processed before any funding is released. In addition, your school must confirm your enrolment before any of your funding can be disbursed.

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

When You Get Your Aid

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Full-time Students

    You will usually get your funding in two installments. The first installment normally occurs when you begin your studies and the rest occurs half way through your study period. See the Steps to Getting Your OSAP Funding factsheet for further information.

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Part-time Students

    You will usually get your funding in two installments. The first installment normally occurs when you begin your studies and the rest occurs half way through your study period. You must negotiate your funding certificate in order for your funding to be released.

How to Check the Status of Your Application

Log into the OSAP website to see the current status of your application. You can log in at any time even if you requested that the ministry mail your information on the status of your application.

Grant to Loan Conversion

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

After this 30-day period, if your application is reassessed and you become ineligible for any Canada Student Grant(s) issued from that application, all of part of those grant(s) will be converted into a loan in accordance with the conditions stated on your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement.

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).