This bursary is supposed to be of aid for students with disabilities. The assistance you could receive are disability-related depending on your needs.
The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) supports students through full time or part time post secondary courses. The bursary helps students with expenses incurred due to their disability-related equipment and students educational services.
Students with disabilities can benefit from arrangements like note-takers, technical aids, tutors, interpreters while pursuing post-secondary education.
There are two ways for you to receive financial aid. You could either apply for the BSWD or the CSG-PDSE.
For the BSWD:
For the CSG-PDSE
The application for the BSWD/CSG-PDSE clearly states all the important documents that are required according to the arrangements requested by you. It will provide all the details of next steps after you have begun the initial application process.
If you’re applying for the academic year of 2020-21, the Ontario BSWD and CSG_PDSE application is available in PDF and HTML formats. And, if you’re planning on going to school in 2021-22, then the application will be available in PDF and HTML formats.
Once you are done with your application, the financial aid officer at your university will examine all the information provided in your documents.
Your application will then be cross-checked for eligibility in order to estimate the best way to afford all your requirements [services and equipment]. At this stage, the Student Financial Aid Office of your school will collaborate with the Office for Students with Disabilities to work out a plan that works for you and the school.
The most apt way to ensure you’re in the loop through the process is to keep in touch with your college or university’s financial aid office.
The financial aid office of your school should receive your application latest within 60 days before the end of your academic program.
All your documents must make their way into the financial aid office no more than 40 days after the end of your academic program.
You have to submit all the receipts corresponding to the support provided to the financial aid office of your school. These receipts must be submitted no more than 30 days post the end of your academic period. Read ‘After you get your aid’ below, for more details on this.
Your school must confirm your admission before any funds are released. Generally, the aid is issued via cheque. You will have to check with the financial aid office for details about whether the whole amount will be issued in one cheque or through multiple installments.
All the equipment you require must be purchased before the end of your academic program. You also need to keep in mind that any services you opt for that have been approved for BSWD and/or CSG-PDSE need to be sought before the end of your study period.
Through the course, you must safekeep all receipts as proof of purchase for equipment. Even in the case of services such as note-taking or interpretation, you need to log timings so that they match the receipts you provide.
In case you do not purchase goods and services before the end of your study period, you might have to repay all or some of the funding you receive. Along with this, your eligibility for any further funding from OSAP might be affected. This could also happen if the receipts you submit do not match the cost of said equipment or services. You might be penalised even if the financial aid office doesn’t receive the submission of your receipts.
The amount issued as financial aid depends on the cost of your requirements along with whether you are temporarily or permanently disabled.
In order to be eligible for the BSWD you could either be permanently or temporarily disabled.
However, for the CSG-PDSE, you must have a permanent disability.
The most you can receive as financial aid per academic year is as follows:
Here’s what you need to know about service and equipment purchases:
Despite your need for funding, some of the disability-related services and equipment might not be eligible for the funding. For example, anything you purchase before your application is approved will not be eligible for funding. Your school might also offer certain services of equipment for free of cost, or it might just not be offered by the school. Along with this, any equipment and software bought more than 60 days before the commencement of your study period will also not be eligible for the BSWD or CSG-PDSE.
In case you have taken a Learning Disability Assessment within a span of 6 months before your academic course starts, the costs can be included in the BSWD and/or CSG-PDSE. Lastly, don’t forget to reach out to your school’s financial aid office, as the most appropriate next steps and details will be available with them.