Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)

The Basics

What is the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)?

Review the “permanent disability” definition on the Ontario site.

Who is eligible for BSWD?

Full-time and part-time students who:

  • Self-identify as having a permanent or temporary disability on the OSAP application,
  • Have disability-related educational costs for services or equipment that are not covered by another agency or service, and
  • Require these services/equipment to participate in post-secondary studies
  • Have discussed accommodations with Student Accessibility Services


Proof of Permanent Disability

What is a permanent disability?

Hand-in one of the following documents to verify your status as a student with a permanent disability:

  • A completed OSAP Verification of Permanent Disability form
  • A medical certificate recently issued that states the following:
    • impact of disability on post-secondary studies
    • permanence of condition
    • physician’s signature and contact information
  • A psycho-educational assessment issued in the last 5 years or after 18 years of age

Why self-identify as a student with a permanent disability with OSAP?

  • You can apply for OSAP for Full-Time Students at a 40% course load
  • You can choose between OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students with a 40-59% course load
  • You could receive the Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
  • You may be considered for the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) if accommodations are needed

How to Apply

  • Apply for OSAP for Full-Time Students or OSAP for Part-Time Students and self-identify as a student with a permanent disability
  • Submit your proof of permanent disability to SFAS
  • Meet with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to discuss accommodations and complete the BSWD application
  • SAS sends the BSWD application to SFAS
  • Application is processed if eligible
  • Bursary funding is credited to the McMaster student account
  • Student Accounts pays the BSWD funding via cheque or direct deposit (depending on student’s preference in Mosaic)
  • Student purchases equipment or services and submits receipts to SFAS by deadline

Student Commitment

You need to do the following:

  • Submit proof of permanent disability to SFAS
  • Update your mailing address on Mosaic
  • Enroll for direct-deposit to have the bursary funding deposited in your bank account
  • Purchase all approved items/services once the bursary is received
  • Submit receipts to SFAS verifying the payment of all items within 30 days (all ongoing services by the end of the term)
  • Repay any unused portion of the BSWD to SFAS

What’s New!

Indigenous Entrance Awards: McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Find out more about entrance scholarships for Indigenous students. Apply by July 15!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Students enrolled full-time for the spring and/or summer sessions can now submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website by June 30th, McMaster’s recommended deadline, if you require your funding in September.

Survey for Spring/Summer Part-Time Students: We want your input! Complete a three-minute survey to help us consider bursary options for funding part-time studies.

External Scholarships Page: Check out our new External Scholarships page for updated information on scholarships available through various companies/organizations.

Rhodes Scholarship Info Webinar: Missed the webinar? Lots of great information about the Rhodes application and experience is available in the webinar presentation (PDF)!


Quick Links

Apply for OSAP

Register with NSLSC

Apply for McMaster AID



Important Dates

Contact Us

Mac’s Money Centre