Applying as a Student with a Permanent Disability

First Time Applying

First Time Applying

When applying for the first time as a student with a permanent disability, the student must submit a Schedule 4 (reviewed by the school) and all relevant medical documentation after submitting their Application for Financial Assistance for Full-Time Post-Secondary Studies or Application for Financial Assistance for Part-Time Post-Secondary Studies.

Additional Documentation

  • Proof of permanent disability – Medical documents identifying the permanent disability and describing how it restricts the student’s ability to participate in post-secondary studies. The documents may include:
    • copies of a medical letter
    • a Psychological Assessment, or
    • a copy of a recent deposit slip for federal and/or provincial disability assistance such as Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH).

Summary of Disability Documentation Required

Type of Disability Documentation Required
Deaf, Hearing Impaired
  • Audiologist report, or
  • Letter from a physician with an explanation of the degree of hearing loss
Blind, Visually Impaired
  • Specialist report, or
  • Letter from a physician with a description of the functional limitations
Learning Disability
  • Psycho-educational report from a Psychologist, or
  • Neuro-psychological report
Speech
  • Speech language pathologist report
Mobility/Agility Impairment
  • Specialist report, or
  • Letter from a physician with an explanation of the nature of the mobility/agility impairment (functional limitation)
ADD/ADHD
  • Psychologist report, or
  • Neuro-psychological report, or
  • Letter from a psychiatrist, or
  • Letter from a physician with details about the diagnosis
Psychiatric or Psychological
  • Psychologist report with DSM diagnosis, or
  • Letter from a psychiatrist with a DSM diagnosis, or
  • Letter from a physician with details about the diagnosis including the DSM
Autism, Asperger, Rett
  • Psychologist report, or
  • Letter from a physician with details about the diagnosis
Brain Injury/Cognitive Impairment
  • Neuro-psychological report, or
  • Brain injury/cognitive impairment report/assessment
Other Permanent Disability
  • Chronic Fatigue: a detailed letter from physician
  • Irlen Syndrome: assessment report from a certified Irlen Screener


If the student is unable to submit the Schedule 4 with their application for funding when initially applying, Alberta Student Aid will process the student’s application without disability grants. Disability grants can later be considered if the student submits a Schedule 4 and all required documentation. This is considered a change to the application and will be treated the same as a Request for Reconsideration.

The $2,000 Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is usually intended to replace $2,000 of Canada Student Loans, so students who are awarded the grant after their student aid funding has been issued are advised to use the grant to pay towards their Canada Student Loans, if applicable. The student should contact National Student Loans Service Centre to make these arrangements.

 

Subsequent Schedule 4s

Subsequent Schedule 4s

Students who have previously submitted a Schedule 4 and received disability grant funding do not need to submit a new Schedule 4 with each subsequent application if they only wish to receive the $2,000 Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities. These students should, however, still indicate on their Application for Financial Assistance for Full-Time Post-Secondary Studies or Application for Financial Assistance for Part-Time Post-Secondary Studies that they have a permanent disability.

  • A new Schedule 4 is required for subsequent applications only if the student requires:
    services or equipment (from either the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities or the Alberta Grant for Disabled Students), or
  • approval for a reduced course load.

Reduced Course Load

A student with a permanent disability who is registered in 40% to 59% of a full course load may be eligible to apply for either part-time or full-time student aid. Students in this situation should meet with a Disability Advisor or financial aid officer at their school to discuss which option will be best for them.

  • Students who opt to apply for full-time funding may benefit from increased borrowing capacity but may also have more loans to repay.
    • Because eligibility criteria differ for full-time and part-time students, the student’s choice of application may affect eligibility for loans and grants.

If the student chooses to apply for full-time student aid when registered in 40% to 59% of a full course load, the student must have the school complete the Reduced Course Load section of the Schedule 4 form.