Students with Disabilities and Required Documentation

With respect to both Canada and Alberta Student Loans and Grants, and the eligibility and repayment thereof, this Guide, as in all of Alberta Student Aid’s publications and resources, refers to two specific types of disability (as outlined in the Student Aid Policy Manual 2022-23—per the Student Financial Assistance Regulations that deem a student with disabilities eligible for Canada and Alberta Student Aid funding.)

Definitions for eligibility of federal grant funding are pending Government of Canada approval, and could change prior to the start of the academic year (August 1, 2022). Please consult canada.ca/en/services/benefits/education/student-aid for the latest information.

These two types of disability are:

  • Permanent Disability, and,
  • Persistent or Prolonged Disability

Definition of a Permanent Disability (PD)

Any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication, or sensory impairment - or a functional limitation - that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to pursue studies at a post-secondary level or to participate in the labour force and that is expected to remain with the person for their lifetime.

Definition of a Persistent or Prolonged Disability (PPD)

Any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication, or sensory impairment, or a functional limitation that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to pursue studies at a post-secondary level or to participate in the labour force and has lasted, or is expected to last, for a period of at least 12 months but is not expected to remain with the person for their lifetime.

Schedule 4 2022-23 form

Who must submit a Post-secondary Students with Disabilities - Schedule 4 2022-23 form?

If this is your first application as a student with a documented permanent disability (PD) or a persistent or prolonged disability (PPD), you must submit a completed Schedule 4, and include all required documentation.

Additionally,

  • You must submit eligible documentation (e.g., Disability Verification form completed by the appropriate medical professional) that specifically identifies your disability and describes how it restricts your ability to participate in post-secondary studies.

  • You must submit a Schedule 4 with each application (e.g., study period) if you are requesting assistive services and equipment and/or studying at a reduced course load. 

  • The Schedule 4 is not part of the full-time application for Alberta Student Aid. The form is available in the Applications and Forms section.

  • If you apply for Alberta Student Aid online, you must still submit a Schedule 4.

  • The Disability Advisor/Reviewer at your school may be authorized to sign your Schedule 4. Check with the advisor/reviewer, first, for assistance and further instructions.

  • If you apply for a reduced course load, your Schedule 4 must be signed by a Disability Advisor/Reviewer or the Registrar’s Office at your school.

For information on how to submit your documents and receipts, see Submit Your Documents.

What is a reduced course load?

Your disability (PD or PPD) may limit you from taking a full course load. If so, you can carry as little as 40% of a full course load and still apply for full-time student aid. Your Schedule 4 must be signed by an official at your school to confirm that you are taking a reduced course load. If this is the case, you can still apply for full-time student aid.

If you are studying part-time, you may also be eligible for disability funding. A part-time application can be printed from the Applications and Forms section.

What documents are required?

For student aid purposes, you must attach medical documentation (e.g., Disability Verification form completed by the appropriate medical professional, or a Learning Assessment) to your Schedule 4.

Learning Assessment Fee

The Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment – Students with Disabilities may cover 100% of the cost of a Learning Assessment to a maximum of $3,500 per loan year, if the assessment confirms you have a learning disability. However, students who sought a psychoeducational assessment to confirm a learning disability, but whose assessment confirms a different permanent disability, or persistent or prolonged disability, are also eligible for reimbursement. Students not eligible for this grant may be eligible for reimbursement under the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities to maximum of $3,000.

You must pay for the assessment up-front, and include the receipt confirming payment as well as the full, complete assessment signed by a medical professional. Assessments must be dated no earlier than six months prior to your current start date of studies.

The Learning Assessment Fee is only for disability psychoeducational assessment. Costs for other types of assessments are not eligible (e.g., living assessments, assistive technology assessments, medical notes or forms, etc.).

Grants for Students with Disabilities

Canada Student Grant for Students with Disabilities

If you are approved as a student with a disability (either a PD or a PPD), you may receive $4,000 per loan year to help meet your education and living costs, and you will automatically be considered for this grant on your future applications.

In order to maintain Persistent or Prolonged Disability (PPD) status, students with a PPD are required to attest to their disability status on their application. Those who attest ‘no’ on a subsequent application will no longer be eligible for this grant, and will be required to re-verify their persistent or prolonged disability on future applications when applicable.

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment - Students with Disabilities

If you are approved as a student with a disability (either a PD or a PPD), you may be eligible to receive up to $20,000 per loan year to help you with exceptional education-related costs such as assistive services or equipment.

  • If assistive equipment is requested, provide a copy of an estimate/quote from the vendor for the equipment. For assistive services requests, a cost breakdown is required. See the Schedule 4 form for further details.

  • If you receive funds for assistive services/equipment, you must submit your receipts before your study period ends to show that the funds were used as intended. Write your Application ID, Alberta Student Number, and your name on each receipt. Any unused funds must be returned to Alberta Student Aid.

Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities

The Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities of up to $3,000 per loan year may be available if you have a documented disability (persistent or prolonged disability) to help you with exceptional education-related costs such as: assistive services, equipment, or specialized transportation related to your disability.

  • If assistive equipment is requested, provide a copy of an estimate/quote from the vendor for the equipment. For assistive services requests, a cost breakdown is required. See the Schedule 4 form for further details.

  • If you receive funds for assistive services/equipment, you must submit your receipts before your study period ends to show that the funds were used as intended. Write your Application ID, Alberta Student Number, and your name on each receipt. Any unused funds must be returned to Alberta Student Aid.