Bursaries for Students with Disabilities FAQs

When can I purchase BSWD funded items or services?

Purchases may be made AFTER your BSWD application is approved. Services such as tutoring or note taking should not take place prior to the application approval. Any purchases of items and services made before the application is approved may not be reimbursed.

Will BSWD cover the cost of a learning disability or a psycho-educational assessment? 

Students who are eligible for BSWD may be reimbursed for one diagnostic assessment, in a given loan year, as deemed necessary by a Disability Coordinator in Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Students are required to meet with a Disability Coordinator in SAS for BSWD-approval before completing the assessment.

Can I use BSWD to help pay for tuition or books? 

No. BSWD funding is intended to assist students with very specific disability-related educational needs. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requires that every dollar of BSWD funding be accounted for with receipts verifying the purchase of the item or service that was approved by the Disability Coordinator.

Is the Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities the same as BSWD? 

The Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities is a federal OSAP grant. Eligibility for the grant is automatically determined through the full-time or part-time OSAP application process. The maximum value of the grant is $2,000 per academic year. It displaces $2,000 of OSAP federal loan with non-repayable grant funding. Students must self-identify as having a permanent disability on the OSAP application and qualify for funding to receive this grant.

Should students with permanent disabilities apply for full-time or part-time OSAP?

Students with permanent disabilities, who are taking more than 40% and less than 60% of a full course load in each term have a choice of applying for OSAP for Part-Time Students or OSAP for Full-Time Students. It is recommended that students speak with a Student Loans Officer in SFAS for help deciding which program meets their financial needs.


What’s New!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Deadlines for undergraduate, graduate, MBA and Medicine students to submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application are approaching. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

OSAP peer-support sessions: We are now offering peer-support sessions every Tuesday from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in MUSC 213. Our student ambassador will be available to help current and incoming students with their 2018/19 OSAP applications. Learn more about our peer-support sessions.

2018 Schulich Leaders: Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Schulich Leaders Scholarships! Four students have received Canada’s most prestigious national STEM scholarships to attend McMaster. Learn more about the 2018 Schulich Leaders.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website as soon as possible.


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