Education Research – Post Secondary Funding Options

Hello, this is a Neil Squire Society
presentation on post-secondary funding options. This presentation looks at Canadian
national funding resources that are available to people disabilities to assist them in funding postsecondary education. So this presentation is going give you an
overview of some different funding options that are
available and some disability specific grants and
scholarships. You should be aware that there are other funding resources of out there at the provincial and often at the community level, however these are resources that should
apply to any canadian with a physical
disability. So a quick definition for you here: there’s a difference between loans and grants, bursaries and scholarships. So a lot of what I’m going to show you here
are grants, bursaries and scholarships. So that’s money you were given for education.
You do not have to pay this money, whereas a loan you often have to repay
that amount. This can be a provided by government, by schools or by other organizations,
groups or local institutions. So I’m going to start by showing a couple
Canadian national grant opportunities. First off is the Canadian Study Grant. If you are a person with a disability enrolled in part-time studies you can access the Canadian Study
Grant through the disability office at the university. It provides you two thousand dollars per
year and this money can be used for tuition,
books and other education related expenses, however note that this is only available when you’re all at public post-secondary
schools, not private institutions. So you may wish to talk with your
facilitator about what education options are open for you that provide the
program you’re looking for at a public postsecondary. This is two thousand
dollars per year; you can access this multiple years. The Canadian Access Grant, also sometimes
called the Canadian Study Grant for Accomodations, provides up to eight thousand
dollars per year. Again, you would you access this funding
through the disability services office at a public post-secondary. This can help pay for education related costs associated with
your disability. So the cost for tutors or note takers, for disability specific assistance such as attendant care, oral or
sign interpreters, learning disability assistance, I’ve even known people that have this
help modify vehicles so they can to travel to and from university. To access the Canada Study Grant
and Accommodation Grant you need to be enrolled and accepted at
a public post-secondary institution in Canada. So you do enroll for school first and then
you apply for this funding next. As part of applying for this funding you’d
work with the center for student with disabilities and they would assist you in the
application forms that need be completed. You do need to show that you are a student with a disability,
so you do need to prove disability, but it’s not as onerous as some other funding
programs in that regard. Another great funding option is the
Opportunities Fund. It can cover a wide variety of costs including the program costs, books, living expenses as well. So you can apply through the opportunities
fund and get quite an inclusive package to cover all your expenses while you’re pursuing an education. Now the application process is quite
onerous. It is quite a large application but much of the work that you would do
for that application is similar to the work even doing here
at the Neil Squire Society: all labor market research, proving that there will be jobs in that area
proving that the earnings will sustain you. So the work that you have to do for the
Opportunities Fund is a very similar to the work you’re doing here in the employability program. Now you may need to wait for approval. Quite
often the funding for this program is tapped out as it is so
inclusive, so once you submit your application, if you get
approved, you may have to wait awhile until the money becomes available for you to
enroll. So this is more a long-term game plan. This program typically also funds one year
or less programs and is targeted on finding education opportunities that
help you return to the labor market. There are some other federal grants that you should research and be aware of,
depending on your particular situation. All those above-mentioned programs are
for people with disabilities in Canada, however there are granting programs available for students with dependence,
so if you have children, grants for students that are
low-income and grants for aboriginals. Other options you may wish to pursue is looking at scholarship money. Scholarships are quite often based on
academic merit, but not always the case. Sometimes they’re
looking for specific profiles of people to assist in pursuing education, and these can come from a wide variety of
sources. It can come from different community groups,
from trust funds, from businesses, from the university themselves, from unions, so there’s a wide variety of people, groups and organizations that are willing to assist people in
pursuing education. Now that can involve a lot of research and
asking around to find out what options are out there for you. One tool that you may wish to
investigate is the Student Awards website where you build a profile about who you are and it matches you to
different scholarship opportunities that you may qualify for. That’s a good starting point if you wish
at look at scholarships help you pay for education. Last, but not least, is student loans. So all the other things that talked
about were granting programs, which provide you money that do not have
to repay, loans are things that you do you have to
repay. However, this may be something that you
need to pursue to ensure that you can cover your costs of university. So there’s a Canada student loans
program that you can qualify for and it works very similar
to those granting programs I talked about earlier, where you apply for the institution first, you get accepted, and then you can apply for loans. Many provinces and territories also have
student loan program and some of them roll in the federal Canada student loans program into
one provincial initiative. So that’s something you should look at in
particular in your province or territory. And this concludes our presentation on granting and funding options for students with
disabilities in Canada. If you have any questions, please ask
your assigned facilitator.

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