Students who are verified as having a permanent disability (PD), or persistent or prolonged disability (PPD) may be considered for additional funding through OSAP.

Definition: “permanent disability” for OSAP purposes

Definition: “persistent or prolonged disability” for OSAP purposes

OSAP definitions: A collection of common OSAP terms and their definitions.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP): Course load

If students have a permanent, persistent or prolonged disability, they could be eligible for full-time OSAP funding if they’re studying at 40% or more of a full course load. To be considered for this benefit, students must self-identify as having a disability when applying for OSAP. Students must have their doctor complete the OSAP Disability Verification Form for the year students are applying.

2023-2024 Disability Verification Form

Additional funding may be available through the Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Disabilities (CSG-DSE) to help with the costs of eligible disability-related educational services and equipment.

Students receiving financial aid from another province or territory should contact their province or territory to learn more about the disability-related programs that may be available.

OSAP Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD/CSG) Programs

Disability Consultants will assess disability-related educational expenses based on a discussion with the student and the medical documentation provided. If a student appears eligible for disability-related funding, the Consultant will work with the student on submitting an application. 

Bursary for Students with a Disability (BSWD - Provincial Funding)

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Disabilities (CSG-PDSE - Federal Funding)

UofT BSWD/CSG-DSE Receipt Information, Instructions, and Deadlines

Canada Student Grant for Students with Disabilities (CSG-D)

This grant is available to students with disabilities for each year of study.

The CSG-D provides non-repayable assistance to help reduce the costs facing students with a verified permanent disability or a verified persistent or prolonged disability when participating in a post-secondary program.

Students do not apply separately for CSG-D—it is automatically assessed if the student has applied for Full-Time OSAP and self-identified as having a permanent disability or a persistent or prolonged disability (for which they submit a Disability Verification Form that verifies their disability status)

For eligibility and updated information regarding this grant go to the Canada Student Grant for Students with Disabilities site.