Special Assistance Programs

Special assistance and additional bursaries/grants can be available for students with special needs, such as disabilities, child-care, or low family incomes.  Information on these various programs can be found below. If you qualify for any of the assistance programs below, please make a financial counselling appointment to discuss your particular situation.

Bursary for Students with Disabilities

"Permanent Disability" is defined as a functional limitation that is caused by physical or mental impairment that restricts a student's ability to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a post secondary level or in the labour force, and that is expected to remain with the student for the student's expected natural life.

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) is a component of OSAP. Students who meet the criteria are eligible for up to $10 000 ($8000 through the Canada Study Grant (CSG) for students with permanent disabilities, and $2000 through the BSWD program (CSLP and OSAP repectively). Students with a temporary disability are eligible for $2000 per academic year. The BSWD is non-repayable and taxable as per Revenue Canada policy, and supplements any OSAP loan or bursary assistance that students may receive. The main program objective is to help students with financial need to meet their disability-related educational costs without having to incur additional debt. It is hoped that this will increase the participation rate of students with disabilities in post secondary education.

Applying

For details on this program, including funding, eligibility, and application information, please visit the OSAP website BSWD page.

If you qualify for this bursary program, please make a financial counselling appointment to discuss your particular situation.

Deadlines

If a student's OSAP application is received at the financial aid office or at the ministry less than 90 days before the end of the student's study period, the student is not eligible to receive an OSAP loan or BSWD assistance for that study period. If a student's OSAP application is received prior to 90 days before the end of the student's study period, the student can receive BSWD assistance for expenses incurred throughout the study period, providing BSWD funds are available in the institution's budget.


Institutional Special Bursary Program

The Institutional Special Bursary Program (ISBP) is intended to help students with low family incomes to participate in post-secondary education on a part-time basis. Students eligible for this program are unable to attend on a full-time basis due to family responsibilities or personal circumstances. ISBP is designed mainly for students with dependents who are in receipt of assistance through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program or who have low family incomes. ISBP is intended to help students obtain their first degree, diploma, or training program certificate, and provides financial assistance for educational costs. The maximum amount of bursary you can receive is $2,500 per academic year.

Applying

Applications are available under Forms on the Registrar’s website or by clicking here.

If you qualify for this bursary program, please make a financial counselling appointment to discuss your particular situation.

Deadlines

The deadline date to apply for ISBP is the last day of the first month in which the student's program begins.