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Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE)

Purpose

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) helps full and part-time postsecondary students with the costs of their disability-related educational services and equipment.

By submitting a BSWD/CSG-PDSE application, you may receive assistance for the disability-related accommodations you need, such as note-takers, tutors, interpreters or technical aids while you’re in postsecondary studies.

How much can I get

The amount of aid provided depends on the costs of your required disability-related educational services and equipment and well as whether you have a permanent or temporary disability:

  • If you have a permanent disability, you may be considered for funding from the BSWD and the CSG-PDSE.
  • If you have a temporary disability, you may be considered for funding from the BSWD only.

The maximum funding for each academic year is:

  • BSWD: $2,000
  • CSG-PDSE: $8,000

About service and equipment purchases

Not all disability-related services and equipment are eligible for funding. This includes purchases before your application is approved. For example, your school may offer the service or equipment at no charge or it may not be included in the recommended accommodations you need.

Equipment and software purchased more than 60 days before your study period start will not be eligible for either BSWD and/or CSG-PDSE.

The costs of a Learning Disability Assessment may be eligible for BSWD and/or CSG-PDSE. To be considered, your assessment must have taken place no more than 6 months before your study start date.

Contact your financial aid office for details.

Find your financial aid office

Who is eligible

    For the BSWD:

      • You’ve self-identified as having a permanent or temporary disability.
      • You’ve applied for and are eligible for funding from one of the following sources:
        • 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 (IFSB).

    For the CSG-PDSE

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

How to apply

    If you’ve applied for 2017-18 academic year funding:

    Use the 2017-18 Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) application. This application is available in .pdf and HTML formats.

    The application outlines what supporting documents are required based on the accommodations you request. It also outlines who to contact if you need help in completing your application.

    If you’ve applied for 2018-19 academic year funding:

    Use the 2018-19 Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) application. It will be available in the spring of 2018.

After you apply

Your financial aid office will check the information and documentation provided for your application to make sure it’s complete.

Next, your application is assessed for eligibility and to determine the most efficient and cost-effective method to fund the equipment and services required. The Office for Students with Disabilities at your school and/or the Student Financial Assistance Branch may be involved in the assessment of your application.

Contact your financial aid office if you have any questions about the status of your application.

Deadlines

    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.

    Receipt Deadline

    Receipts corresponding to the funding provided must be received no later than 30 days after the end of your study period. See After you get your aid, below.

Getting your aid

Your enrollment must be confirmed by your school before your funding is released. No funds are released until on or after your study period start date.

Normally your funds are issued by cheque. It may be issued in one or more installments. Check with your financial aid office for details.

After you get your aid

Your equipment and/or services approved for BSWD and/or CSG-PDSE funding must be purchased before the end of your study period.

You must provide receipts as proof of purchase for these equipment and/or services. If you were approved for tutoring or note taking services, you must also provide a time log that matches the receipts provided.

You may be required to repay all or part of the funding you received and your eligibility for further funding from OSAP could be impacted if:

  • You don’t purchase your goods or services before the end of your study period.
  • Your receipts don’t match the amount(s) corresponding to the equipment and/or services you were approved for.
  • Your receipts were not received by your financial aid by the receipt deadline.