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Loans and Grants

Canada Student Loan

Apply online through the student financial assistance office of your province or territory of residence. If requested on the application, make sure you check the box that says "Yes" you wish to declare yourself as a student with a permanent disability.

You also need to complete and submit the Student Loan Medical Assessment/Verification of Permanent Disability Form, along with any other required documentation.

Please contact us for additional information and assistance.

*Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the province of Quebec operate their own student assistance plans. Please contact the relevant office directly for further information.

Canada Student Grant

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

This grant is for students with permanent disabilities who qualify for a Canada Student Loan. If you qualify for at least $1 of a student loan, you may apply for this grant. The maximum amount is $8,000 per year. This money is used to pay for disability related supports, which may include:

  • Tutoring
  • Note takers
  • Computer
  • Assistive technology
  • Attendant care

Resident of Nova Scotia

Residents of Nova Scotia who have a permanent disability should apply for a student loan, even if you do not think that you will qualify. Residents of Nova Scotia who do not qualify may still be able to receive financial assistance for disability related supports from the Nova Scotia Department of Education, Post-Secondary Disability Services.

Dalhousie University Temporary Loans

Dalhousie offers temporary loans to students to help you to cover necessary costs, until other funding arrives. You may be eligible for a temporary loan to cover the cost of a psycho-educational assessment for the purpose of diagnosing whether or not you have a learning disability.