Documentation for grant funding

If you intend to apply for disability grants with Student Aid BC your medical documentation needs to meet Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities criteria:

Medical Documentation Complete and Current

Your documentation needs to be complete and written by an eligible practitioner who has assessed your condition and knows you well enough to confirm the formal diagnosis for your disabling condition and its current functional impact on you.  In other words, the doctor or specialist doctor who completes your medical documentation must know you well enough to make objective declarations about the barriers you experience due to your condition.  The maximum allowable age of your medical documentation is typically 5 years.

Functional Limitations

Your documentation has to contain clear statements explaining how the symptoms of your medical condition(s) cause you to experience specific barriers to daily tasks/activities that are severe enough to interfere with your ability to participate in post-secondary level studies.  The medical documentation must communicate the nature and severity. 

Permanence

Documentation must confirm a permanent condition or chronic condition (that has existed for at least 3 years and is expected to continue).  

Definition of disability for purposes of the grant

For the purposes of the grant, "Permanent disability" means a functional limitation caused by a physical or mental impairment that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to participate fully in studies at a post-secondary level or the labour force and is expected to remain with the person for the person’s expected natural life.

Note: Not all medical conditions are considered permanent disabilities for the purpose of the grant.

If you can participate in your academic program fully without daily accommodation, Student Aid BC may request further medical information to identify evolving barriers.

Applications for the CSGP-PD are assessed on a case-by-case basis by Assistive Technology BC (on behalf of Student Aid BC), taking into consideration eligibility criteria and the severity of a student’s medical condition.

Forms

Assistive Technology BC developed the following medical forms to assist students and medical assessors to provide the required information

Form A: For Sensory Impairments and Medical Conditions

Form B: For Learning Disorders, ADD/ADHD, and Mental Health

*students with diagnosed learning disabilities still have to provide a psycho-educational assessment meeting the Ministry's requirements to qualify for grants