Permanent Disabilities and required documentation
What is a Permanent Disability?
A permanent disability is 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 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.
Who must submit a Schedule 4: Post- Secondary Students with Permanent Disabilities form?
- If this is your first application as a student with a documented permanent disability, you must submit a completed Schedule 4, and include all required documentation.
- You must submit medical documents that specifically identify your permanent disability and describe how it restricts your ability to participate in post-secondary studies.
- If you are requesting assistive services and equipment, you must submit a Schedule 4 for each study period that you apply for student aid.
- If you are applying for a reduced course load, you must submit a Schedule 4 for each study period that you apply for student aid.
Schedule 4: Post-Secondary Students with Permanent Disabilities Form
Schedule 4 is not part of the full-time application for student aid. The form is available on the Applications and Forms page.
If you apply for student aid online, you must still submit a Schedule 4.
Include all required documentation with your 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 are applying for a reduced course load, your Schedule 4 must be signed by an official at your school.
For information on how to submit your documents and receipts, Submit Your Documents.
What is a reduced course load?
Your permanent disability may limit you from taking a full course load, but your school may consider you to be a full-time student even if you take as little as 40% of a full course load. If so, then you can still apply for full-time student aid.
What documents are required?
For student aid purposes, you must attach medical documentation or a learning disability assessment to your Schedule 4.
Learning Assessment Fee
The Canada Student Grants program will cover a portion of the cost of a Learning Assessment (up to a maximum of $3,500 per loan year) if the assessment confirms you have a learning disability.
You must pay for the assessment up-front and if it is confirmed that you have a learning disability, you will be reimbursed through the Canada Student Grants program.
These assessments may be dated no earlier than six months before you start your current study period.
Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
$4,000 per loan year to help meet your education and living costs. If you are approved as a student with a permanent disability, you will automatically be considered for this grant on your future applications.
Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities
Up to $20,000 per loan year to help you with exceptional education related costs such as assistive services or equipment.
- If equipment is requested, provide an estimate for the equipment.
- 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 Social Insurance Number, 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
Up to $3,000 per loan year to help you with exceptional education related costs such as assistive services, equipment or specialized transportation related to your disability. You must submit your receipts by the end of your study period to show that the funds were used as intended. Any unused funds must be returned to Alberta Student Aid.