Grants

All students (except international students) using approved accommodation services with Accessibility Resources are required to apply for provincial and federal grants to defray the costs of those services. Failure to apply for both grants will result in either:

  • the cessation of the provision of certain services pending payment by the student for the amount of the missing funding or;
  • the continuation of services but an encumbrance will be placed on the student’s University file until the student makes up the shortfall.

All receipts for services must be submitted to demonstrate that grant funding has been used appropriately — any unused grant funds must be given back to Student Aid.

All cases are considered individually and, in the circumstance that grant funding does not cover the cost of the approved accommodation service(s) required by the student, the University will assume responsibility for the remaining balance. International students must work with their Accessibility Advisor to determine funds available to cover the costs of approved accommodation services.

Students who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from applying to Student Aid should consult with their Accessibility Resources Accessibility Advisor as soon as possible.

Canada Student Grant for Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PD)

The CSG-PD provides up to $2,000 per loan year ($1,000 per term) to be used for educational and living costs. This grant can reduce the amount you owe on your student loan by up to $2000/year and can add up to significant savings over time.

First time CSG-PD applicants
The following items must be submitted together:

  • A completed hard copy loan application.
  • Documentation of disability/medical condition. The documentation must contain specific information regarding diagnosis, symptoms, permanency, and functional impact of disability in the academic environment.
  • A “Schedule 4” form, completed and signed by an Accessibility Advisor.

If you are a dependent student (under 22 years of age, with at least one of your parents living in Alberta and/or have been out of high school for less than four years), are married or common law, you must submit a “Schedule 1” form that has been completed by you and your parents/spouse.

If you have previously received the CSG-PD, the CSG-PD will be automatically disbursed to you when you re-apply for student loans the following academic year.

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-SE)

This grant provides up to $8,000 per loan year to fund accessibility-related supports and services required to support your academic success.

First time CSG-SE applicants
The following items must be submitted together:

  • Documentation of disability/medical condition.
  • A cost outline of accessibility-related services you are eligible to receive in the upcoming academic term(s). The cost outline is completed by the Accessibility Advisor and must be submitted to Student Aid prior to the start of the term or very early in the term.
  • A “Schedule 4 form”, completed and signed by an Accessibility Advisor.

Once the grant application has been approved, you will receive a cheque for the approved amount of the grant. This cheque will be clearly marked “Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities” and will be accompanied by a Notice of Assessment letter. Please read the letter carefully and make sure you set this money aside to cover the cost of your accessibility-related accommodations and/or adaptive technology. The grant money cannot be used for any other purpose and you must submit receipts showing that the grant issued to you was used for the purpose it was requested. Receipts should be sent to Students Finance by the end of the academic year. 

The CSG-PD and CSG-SE may be submitted together when support/service costs have been determined the CSG-PD is ready for submission.

Grant for Disabled Students (GFD)

Eligibility criteria is the same as CSG-SE and can be accessed when a student does not have Canada Student Loan eligibility and their study period is more than 12 weeks.

A student that has a calculated need of zero or is a recipient of AISH may be considered for services and /or equipment expenses through the GFD.

  • Maximum entitlement per academic year, if you are only eligible for GFD, is $3,000.
  • If you are eligible for the CSG-SE, you can additionally access GFD for Spring & Summer attendance.

Once the grant application has been approved, you will receive a cheque for the approved amount of the grant. This cheque will be clearly marked “Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities” and will be accompanied by a Notice of Assessment letter. Please read the letter carefully and make sure you set this money aside to cover the cost of your accessibility-related accommodations and/or adaptive technology. The grant money cannot be used for any other purpose and you must submit receipts showing that the grant issued to you was used for the purpose it was requested. Receipts should be sent to Students Finance by the end of the academic year along with any remaining funds.