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

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 $3800 in grants, additional financial support for services and equipment, and approved for a 40% reduced course load.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Canadien citizen or permanent resident

  • Be a UBC Vancouver student with a disability

  • Provide supporting documentation (if you have not registered with the Centre for Accessibility)

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

  • 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

August 3, 2020 Applications open.

September 15, 2020
11:59 pm PST

Applications close.

Before applying

  1. Read through the awards descriptions to view specific eligibility criteria
  2. Apply for the UBC Bursary program by September 15, 2020
  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, 2020 to Accessibility Advisor AJ Krause at

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

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If you have questions

Please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. If you do not have an assigned advisor, they are still available to help.

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