Bursaries & Financial Assistance

Students with disabilities at Queen's may be eligible to apply for a variety of awards, bursaries, government programs and financial assistance.

Information about government assistance programs such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Queen's bursary support, and awards and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities is available through Queen's Student Awards.  


BSWD and CSG-PDSE

Students with disabilities at Queen's who are receiving OSAP (minimum of $1) may be eligible for funding through the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD), and/or the Canada Student Grant for Service and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE). These provincial and federal grants are available to help full- and part-time university students with the costs of their disability-related educational services and equipment.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Identify as a student with a temporary or permanent disability
  • Be eligible for OSAP funding – at least $1
  • Have submitted to OSAP/Student Awards the Disability Verification Form completed by your health care provider
  • Be enrolled in courses at Queen's University
  • Have your requested services and equipment approved by your QSAS Advisor

You must first confirm that you are OSAP eligible by logging onto your OSAP account or contacting Student Awards. Once your OSAP eligibility is confirmed, you must then meet with your QSAS advisor to discuss your needs. QSAS advisors help you identify equipment and services you may require in support of your accommodation and access needs which may be eligible for BSWD/CSG-PDSE funding support.

After you and the QSAS advisor agree on services and/or equipment which you require, QSAS will coordinate the following:

  • A student referral to the Adaptive Technologist for technology recommendations, if applicable. After speaking with you, the Adaptive Technologist will communicate their recommendations and accompanying price quotes directly to the QSAS advisor
  • Completion of the BSWD/CSG-PDSE application form
  • Submission of the BSWD/CSG-PDSE application to Student Awards. Student Awards will confirm that (a) you are eligible for OSAP and in good standing, and (b) that a completed OSAP Disability Verification Form is on file
  • You must ensure your contact and banking information is correct in SOLUS. Funds may be delayed if this information is missing or incorrect

Eligible Expenses

QSAS supports BSWD/CSG-PDSE applications for expenses that:

  • Result specifically because you are enrolled in university studies, and 
  • Are required to address a specific accessibility or accommodation need because of your disability

Ineligible Expenses

QSAS does not support BSWD/CSG-PDSE applications for expenses that:

  • Are associated with day-to-day necessities (e.g., data or mobile phone plans, housing)
  • Are incurred by all students (e.g., tuition, textbooks, a computer if required by their studies)
  • You would incur even if you were not in university (e.g., hearing aids, eyeglasses)

Receipts

You must submit all receipts for equipment or services purchased through the BSWD/CSG-PDSE directly to Student Awards in accordance with the following timelines:

  • Computers, software or assessments purchased before the start of the school year and approved by the QSAS advisor once the school year starts – receipts must be submitted with the BSWD application
  • Equipment approved after the school year has started – receipts must be submitted 30 days after you receive the BSWD/CSG-PDSE funding
  • Services approved after the school year has started – receipts must be submitted within 30 days after the end of the study period

Time Log – Counselling or Tutoring

Students approved for services delivered on an hourly basis, such as counselling or tutoring, are required to complete a Time Log and submit this along with their receipts to Student Awards.

Time Log Form

Assessment

I had my psycho-educational assessment updated in the summer before starting classes at Queen's. Do I qualify for BSWD/CSG-PDSE funding to pay for the assessment?

  • Yes, if the report is dated within 6 months before the start of the study period (e.g., 6 months before September) and if you submitted a copy of your assessment to QSAS

Additional Assessment

I already have accommodations through QSAS for which I submitted documentation. However, I think I may have ADHD or a learning disability. Can I get BSWD/CSG-PDSE funding for an assessment?

  • QSAS can approve BSWD/CSG-PDSE applications for the assessments it needs to determine how best to accommodate you. Further assessment may not be necessary if the documentation already on file is sufficient to determine the best accommodations. Before proceeding with an assessment, please speak with your QSAS advisor or the QSAS Intake Coordinator

Computer

My computer is broken and I need a new one. I am a student with a disability who receives OSAP. Can I get BSWD/CSG-PDSE funding to pay for a new computer?

  • All students are generally expected to have a computer (or access to a computer) when taking either online or in-person university courses. QSAS can approve BSWD applications for a computer only when a student requires it to use specific adaptive software like Kurzweil or Dragon Naturally Speaking, for example. Please speak with your QSAS advisor if you have access needs that may be addressed by adaptive software. They can refer you to the Queen's Adaptive Technologist for an assessment.

Taxi Bursary 

The Queen's AMS established the AMS Taxi Bursary to assist students with temporary disabilities (e.g., broken foot) who require taxi assistance to and from classes and campus. To apply, students must supply a doctor's note or other verification of temporary disability. Please note: the AMS Taxi Bursary is limited. More information can be found at Queen's Student Awards and the AMS.


Tuition Refund Appeal

Information concerning tuition refund appeals is available via Queen's Student Awards.