Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with either a permanent OR a persistent or prolonged disability enrolled in a program at an educational institution, you may be eligible to receive the Canada-Saskatchewan Grant for Services and Equipment. This grant provides up to $22,000 per program year to purchase specialized education-related services and assistive equipment and does not have to be paid back. The expansion of supports for students with persistent or prolonged disabilities is subject to federal and provincial regulatory approval.
The grant includes $20,000 for the Canada Grant Cap and up to $2,000 for the Saskatchewan Grant.
This grant provides up to $22,000 per program year.
The services and/or equipment covered by these grants may include:
- Note takers
- Alternate format
- Assistive technology (computer, software, etc.)
- Specialized transportation (to and from school)
- Attendant care for studies
- Reimbursements for learning disability assessments
Contact your educational institution disability advisor for more information.
To be eligible, you must:
- Have either a permanent OR persistent or prolonged disability defined as:
- "permanent disability" means 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 school level or to participate in the labour force and that is expected to remain with the person for the person's expected life.
- "persistent or prolonged disability" means 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 school 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 the person's expected life.
- Be enrolled in a full-time or part-time program at a designated post-secondary institution;
- Provide written confirmation of the exceptional education-related services or equipment needed;
- Provide proof of either a permanent OR persistent or prolonged disability by having your doctor fill out the Verification of Disability Form. As an alternative, the doctor can provide a medical certificate describing the functional limitations of your disability and whether it is expected to be permanent; and
- Have no outstanding receipts from previous services and equipment grant funding.
- If you are enrolled in a post-secondary program you must submit a separate application for student loans and grants.
- Students with a learning disability are to obtain a Learning Disability Assessment (i.e., psycho-educational assessment) which was completed when you were 18 years or older or when you were in high school, and is no older than seven years; and
- If you have provided proof or verification of your disability previously, you do not have to provide it again. However, students with persistent or prolonged disabilities will be required to self-attest every year to maintain access to student aid benefits.
3. How to Apply
Before applying for the Canada-Saskatchewan Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with 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 the end of your study period. It is recommended you start the application process at least two months before your classes start.
Download the full application package for detailed information including what is needed to process your application.
Grant payments are now issued through direct deposit. Please ensure to complete the Direct Deposit form located within your application package.
Students can share disability-related information/documentation from high school with the disability advisor at their post-secondary education institution through myBlueprint – an online career and planning tool. For example, you can share documentation that verifies your disability, including medical or psycho-educational assessment and/or alternate documentation, along with the required accommodations through myBlueprint. This will help you arrange for the services and supports faster. Visit myBlueprint to learn more and create an account.
2022-23 application forms and supporting documents are still available.
1. Fill out the required documents
2. Submit your documents
- If you have an existing account, upload your application, documents and receipts online using the Advanced Education Student Portal.
- If you do not have an existing Advanced Education Student Portal Account, or you need to upload documents on behalf of the applicant, upload your application, supporting documents and receipts online using the Post-Secondary Document Uploader.
Alternatively, you can mail all documents and receipts to:
Ministry of Advanced Education
1120 - 2010 12th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0M3
5. Further Information
Successful transition for students with disabilities entering post-secondary education requires advanced planning. Use the Students with Disabilities: Post-Secondary Education Planning Information to learn more about the documentation you will need, what services and supports are available and where to find them, as well as what Saskatchewan student aid programs are available to help offset education costs.
Grant applications will not be approved if there are outstanding receipts from previous services and equipment grant. Any unused portion of the grant must be refunded to the Student Service Centre, Ministry of Advanced Education. Payment methods include e-transfer, cheque or money order, made payable to the Student Aid Fund.E-Transfer Instructions Receipt of Support Services Form
Adult Basic Education, GED and Apprenticeship Programs
- Starting April 1, 2023, students in Adult Basic Education, GED and Apprenticeship programs or skills training must contact the disability advisor at their post-secondary institution directly to access disability-related services and supports.
- Only post-secondary students are eligible to apply to the Ministry of Advanced Education for supports under the Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Disabilities program.
Need to submit a document? If you have an Advanced Education Student Portal account, you can upload documents to the Student Service Centre through that account. If you do not have an existing Advanced Education Student Portal account, or you need to submit documents on behalf of the application, upload your application, supporting documents and receipts online using the Post-Secondary Document Uploader.
Visit the Student Loan page for more information or to apply for a loan.