Awards for students with disabilities

About the awards

Awards of different values and eligibility criteria are available for students with disabilities.

  • Scholarships are based on academic achievement, community involvement, or leadership. 
  • Bursaries are based on demonstrated financial need. 

Read awards descriptions

Permanent Disability programs

British Columbia (BC) residents who are student loan approved and have a permanent or chronic disability are encouraged to submit a Permanent Disability Programs Application to Student Aid BC. Once approved, you may be eligible for up to $3,800 in grants, additional financial support for services and equipment, and approved for a 40% reduced course load.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  • You must be a UBC Vancouver student with a disability.

  • You must provide supporting documentation (if you have not registered with the Centre for Accessibility).

  • You must be considered a full-time student (or be approved by the Centre for Accessibility to study at a reduced course load).

  • You must meet the terms for awards eligibility set out in UBC's Regulations Governing University Awards.

Each scholarship or bursary has additional eligibility requirements, such as financial need, nature of disability, or demonstrated merit.

Read the award descriptions to determine your eligibility for specific awards.

Part-time students: if you have a disability that causes you to take a reduced course load, you may be considered for awards even if you registered for fewer than 24 credits per academic year.

For more information, contact an advisor from the Centre for Accessibility.

How to apply

Application period

  • Applications open: July
  • Applications close: September

Before applying

There are detailed instructions on the application form, but before applying, please make sure you:

  1. Read through the awards descriptions to view specific eligibility criteria,
  2. Apply for the UBC Bursary program by September 15, 2021, and
  3. Prepare supporting documentation (if you have not registered with the Centre for Accessibility). 

Medical documentation:

If you're registered with the Centre, you do not need to submit medical documentation.

If you're not registered with the Centre, you will need to provide documentation to confirm your eligibility for award consideration. You must email your documentation before September 29, 2021 to Accessibility Advisor AJ Krause at

All medical information received by the Centre will be treated as confidential.

Additional resources

If you have questions

If you're an undergraduate student, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. To find your advisor’s contact information, log into your Student Services Centre (SSC) and select “UBC Contacts” under Personal Info.  

Graduate, postgraduate, and all other students can contact an Enrolment Services Advisor by calling 604 822 9836 or submitting your question through the online form.

You can also connect with the Centre for Accessibility for disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives.