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Canada Studies Grant for Students with Disabilities

Full and part-time students with disabilities may access a Canada Studies Grant (Bursary for Students with Disabilities [BSWD] in Ontario) to pay for disability-related access, learning, and technological supports that are assessed and recommended to facilitate the successful completion of courses and programs. The funding is restricted to cover supports that directly relate to education and disability.

You must be eligible for and applying for full or part-time student loans or bursaries.

Medical or assessment documentation verifying a permanent disability or medical condition and the validity of the identified supports must be attached.

An Individual Support Service and Technology Plan prepared by the Professional Services Coordinator of Students with Disabilities must also be attached. This document is prepared by the ASD Coordinator following an assessment of your individualized needs. Some provincial student funding applications also require the Coordinator to sign and complete designated sections of the grant application.

Finally, you will be required to obtain two quotes for all supports and technological aids indicated in the bursary application. ASD will provide you with the specifications you need to obtain the quotes.

Forward the completed application to the ASD office and include: the full or part-time student loan application and associated fees (or copy of the online application), the required documentation, and the Athabasca University Course Study Plan. (Contact the ASD office for more information.)

Please Note:

  • It is important to review the guidelines and procedures for the student loans program in your province or territory.
  • The Canada Studies Grant for Students with Disabilities application may be referred to under a different name, such as Bursary for Students with Disabilities. To identify the correct application, review the specific information for students with disabilities provided under the student loans program.

ASD will attach the required additional documentation, including the Individual Support Service and Technology Plan, check the application for completeness, and forward it to the appropriate Government Learning, Human Resource Development, or Student Loans Program. If you require further information or assistance to complete the application, please contact ASD.

If your grant application is approved for assistive technology or required supports, in whole or in part, a cheque will be forwarded to you.

If the full amount of the grant applied for is not approved, you will need to contact the Provincial Student Loan Office to determine what specific requests were accepted or disallowed. If you have difficulty obtaining the information, contact the ASD office for assistance.

You will be responsible to purchase the equipment or service, obtain invoices or receipts from the vendor or provider. ASD can advise you on how to proceed.

Submit the receipts and any remaining funds to the funding sponsor. Failure to use all of the funds or to submit the receipts for the approved expenditures can result in being designated as having an 'overpayment.' This amount would be deducted from subsequent loans or could affect future eligibility until the amount has been repaid. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines and timelines for accountability to ensure eligibility for ongoing funding.

Please Note: Grant monies can not be used to purchase services or equipment that have not been approved. Any other expenditures must be well-documented and pre-approved, if possible. In addition, the funds approved generally do not cover GST and PST costs.

Contact the ASD office for more information.

Updated April 30 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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