- Definition of Permanent Disability
- Schedule 4 (Federal/Provincial Grant for Post-Secondary Students with Permanent Disabilities) Form
- Grants for Students with a Permanent Disability
- Applying as a Student with a Permanent Disability
- Assistive Services and Equipment
Assistive Services and Equipment
Certain types of services and equipment can be covered by the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) or the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities (GFD). Common examples are listed below:
- Academic Strategist
- Interpreter (Oral, Sign, CART)
- specialized transportation (to and from educational institution only).
- technical aids (e.g., Kurzweil, Livescribe Pen)
- alternate formats (e.g., Large or Braille Print).
The cost of a learning assessment can only be considered if the learning assessment was completed within six months of the current study period start date, and the assessment results in a diagnosis of a learning disability.
The Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities or the Alberta Grant for Disabled Students may cover 75% of the cost to a maximum of $1,700 per loan year.
If the student’s learning assessment fee is $800, the disability services grant may cover 75% ($600) of that cost.
Proof of payment for a learning assessment must be provided for the cost to be considered. If the learning assessment fee is covered by insurance, the cost cannot be considered by Alberta Student Aid. If the learning assessment fee has been partially reimbursed by insurance, the amount reimbursed by insurance cannot be considered by Alberta Student Aid but must be noted in the request.
Costs for other types of assessments are not allowed.
These services and equipment costs cannot be covered:
- capital costs (e.g., vehicle modifications, alterations for educational institutions or residence)
- internet subscriptions
- administrative fees
- hearing aids, glasses, wheel chairs
- vehicle-related expenses
Disability related transportation costs, such as parking and fuel for distance travelled, may be covered under the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities but not under the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities.
For a more detailed listing of allowable costs for disability assistive services and equipment, students should contact their Disability Advisor.
Students who are attending public post-secondary institutions in Alberta may be eligible for additional assistance through their institution if their disability-related costs exceed the CSG-PDSE maximum of $20,000 or GFD maximum of $3,000. Students in this situation must visit their disability awards office for information.
Students who are not attending public post-secondary institutions in Alberta (attending Alberta private career colleges or attending out of province or out of country) may be eligible for assistance under Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) through Alberta Community and Social Services if their disability-related costs exceed the CSG-PDSE maximum of $20,000 or GFD maximum of $3,000.