Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)

The Basics

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

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities provides aid to students self-identifying as having either permanent or temporary disabilities. This bursary assists with the costs of disability-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids that are required to participate in postsecondary studies.

Learn more about the BSWD on the OSAP website.

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
  • Require these services/equipment to participate in post-secondary studies
  • Have discussed accommodations with Student Accessibility Services


Proof of Disability

Change for 2018/19: The OSAP Disability Verification form is now the only acceptable proof of disability.

Hand-in a completed OSAP Disability Verification form (PDF) to verify your status as a student with a permanent disability.

Why self-identify as a student with a 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 OSAP Disability Verification form 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 OSAP Disability Verification form 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!

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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