Before applying for the Canada-Saskatchewan Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities, talk to the disability advisor at your educational institution and/or recognized disability organization (e.g., the CNIB, Neil Squire Society, the Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services or the Learning Disabilities Association. The advisor will help with the application process.
The Student Service Centre must receive your application and all supporting documentation at least 30 days before your period of study end date. It is recommended you start the application process at least two months before your classes start.
The following information is needed to process your application:
- Confirmation of Enrolment form for the period of study identified for this school year. This form needs to be filled out by someone at your school who has student loan signing authority. You can usually find this person by going to your school’s Registrar’s Office.
- Confirmation of Need form for all disability related services and/or equipment, including an estimate of what it will cost for these services and/or equipment. This is completed by your school’s disability advisor and/or a recognized disability organization. They can also direct you to an appropriate equipment supplier to get the estimate/quote for the specialized equipment requested.
The funding grant must only be used for the services and/or equipment specified in your approval letter. Any changes you would like to make to services and equipment that have been approved as well as any requests for additional funds must be submitted through your disability advisor.
Submit the receipts for the services and/or equipment as soon as you receive them or by the end of your study period. You can use the Calendar of Support Services form, to keep track of the service hours and costs, and then submit it with the receipts.
Please send the receipts for the approved items you purchased directly to the Student Service Centre, Ministry of Advanced Education.
Important: Future grant applications will not be approved if there are any receipts that have not yet been submitted from previous grants. Any unused portion of the grant must be refunded to the Student Service Centre, Ministry of Advanced Education. Payment methods include cheque or money order, made payable to the Student Aid Fund or by debit card at the Regina office only.
If you would like other individuals (e.g., parent, spouse, or guardian) to call or inquire on your behalf about your student loan/grant account, then you will need to complete the Consent to Release Information form.
- Proof of Permanent Disability. You will also need to obtain one of the following:
Proof of Permanent Disability can be in the form of a medical certificate completed by your qualified medical practitioner (i.e., doctor). As an alternative to the medical certificate, the doctor may complete a Verification of Permanent Disability form, available from the Ministry of Advanced Education. Both documents must describe the functional limitations of the disability and the impact it has on your ability to perform daily activities necessary to participate in post-secondary studies.
Learning Disability Assessment (i.e., psycho-educational assessment), or a summary report of the assessment, completed within the last five years by a registered psychologist. This assessment is for students with a learning disability.
Documentation proving you received federal or provincial disability assistance.
Some doctors may charge a fee to fill out your forms related to permanent disability. The Ministry of Advanced Education does not reimburse these fees.
For students with learning disabilities, you pay to obtain a Learning Disability Assessment, but you will be reimbursed if your student loan application is approved.
You have to provide proof of your permanent disability only once.