To help students with disabilities deal with their financial challenges, Enrolment Services coordinates with the Centre for Accessibility. As a student with a disability, you may be eligible for all standard programs, but there is additional information that you need to know.
Student loans for students with a disability
Both the federal and provincial governments have special programs that are administered through the student loan agencies. These programs include non-repayable grants to help with living expenses, and funding designated for specialized educational equipment and services for eligible students with disabilities.
You can find more information on these programs through the Centre for Accessibility or by reviewing StudentAid BC’s list of programs.
Permanent Disability Programs application
British Columbia residents
BC residents who are student loan approved and have a permanent or chronic disability are encouraged to submit a Permanent Disability Programs Application to StudentAid BC. Once approved, you may be eligible for up to $3,800 in grants, additional financial support for services and equipment, and approved for studying at 40% of a full course load.
If you are taking less than 40% of a full course load, you can apply for grant funding through the StudentAid BC Part-Time Studies application.
Students outside of BC
The application process for government student loans for students with permanent disabilities is different in each province. Consult your home province loan provider to ensure that you are submitting the correct information and forms. See information about loans for students from other provinces.
Awards for students with a disability
Awards in the form of scholarships and bursaries are available for students with disabilities. Awards range in value and eligibility criteria. Registration with the Centre for Accessibility is required for eligibility.