Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and
Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE)
The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) helps full and part-time postsecondary students with the costs of their disability-related educational services and equipment.
By submitting a BSWD/CSG-PDSE application, you may receive assistance for the disability-related accommodations you need, such as note-takers, tutors, interpreters or technical aids while you’re in postsecondary studies.
How much can I get
The amount of aid provided depends on the costs of your required disability-related educational services and equipment and well as whether you have a permanent or temporary disability:
- If you have a permanent disability, you may be considered for funding from the BSWD and the CSG-PDSE.
- If you have a temporary disability, you may be considered for funding from the BSWD only.
The maximum funding for the academic year is:
- BSWD: $2,000
- CSG-PDSE: $20,000
About service and equipment purchases
Not all disability-related services and equipment are eligible for funding. This includes purchases before your application is approved. For example, your school may offer the service or equipment at no charge or it may not be included in the recommended accommodations you need.
Equipment and software purchased more than 60 days before your study period start will not be eligible for either BSWD and/or CSG-PDSE.
The costs of a Learning Disability Assessment may be eligible for BSWD and/or CSG-PDSE. To be considered, your assessment must have taken place no more than 6 months before your study start date.
The information posted above is from the Ontario Student Assistance Program website and applies in all provinces with some additional support available for student residents of Alberta and Nova Scotia. Please note that the territories provide support independent of the student loan process. Please find information specific to your province in the alpha-ordered list we've posted in the Online Resources Section of this page - link on the right side of page.