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BC Learning Disability Assessment Bursary

One of the best parts about being a student in the province of British Columbia is that it has quite a few financial aid programs in place for students who suffer disabilities. If you are one of them, you can apply for them too, and in turn, help yourself advance further in the direction of your dream career. 

The BC Learning Disability Assessment Bursary is one such program that you can stand to benefit from greatly. Covering the up-front costs of your post-secondary education, this program has been designed to ease the financial burden you face during the course of you education. It’s awarded annually and offers a handsome amount. 

BC Learning Disability Assessment Bursary – Eligibility, How To Apply

Eligibility Criteria 

If you have been wondering whether or not you qualify for this program, read this section carefully. We’ve laid down all the important eligibility pointers here for you so you can be sure where you stand. Check it out below:

  • You must be a permanent resident of Canada, be an immigrant or a person of protected status 
  • You must be a resident of British Columbia 
  • You must have a proven learning disability acknowledged by StudentAid BC 
  • You must be considered eligible for student aid through StudentAid BC; i.e. you must have proven financial need for this bursary
  • You must be enrolled in either a full-time or a part-time course in a designated public post-secondary school in the province of British Columbia
  • Your school’s accessibility services office must recommend you to undergo a learning disability assessment

Note – A full-time course entails you attending at least 40% of your total course load; while a part-time course involves attending anywhere between 20% and 39% of your overall course load. 

Also, if you want clarity on minimum income threshold, it’s best to check with the StudentAid BC. You can check their website or get in touch with them to get the full picture on this front. 

How To Apply 

Let’s jump straight to the point. Before you begin the application process, make sure you have all the documents in need. You will need your Social Insurance Number and you will have to complete the Learning Disability Screen assessment as well.  

As for other steps you need to take to apply for this bursary, you’ll need to fill out a form. You can find the form here.

In case you have any confusion or you have trouble with the application form, you should get in touch with the accessibility services office of the post-secondary educational institution you are applying to. They will be able to help you out, guide you through the process and keep you informed of the relevant deadlines. 

How Much Can You Get 

One of the best parts about the BC Learning Disability Assessment Bursary is that you stand to gain decent amount if your application passes through. Students who receive the award can expect to get up to $1800 in funds, with the final amount depending upon your financial need. You can use this amount to pay for services and / or equipment you need for the successful completion of your education. This could include any help you need in order to carry out day to day tasks; or any equipment too such as hearing aids, visual aids and more. 

Other Student Aid Options 

Don’t lose heart if things don’t work out with when it comes to this particular bursary. As a student studying in British Columbia, you can make use of other student aids to fund your higher education. Some of the other options you can try your luck at include B.C. supplemental bursary for students with a permanent disability, B.C. access grant for deaf students, B.C. access grant for students with permanent disabilities and more among others.

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