Post Secondary Funding

Before you get too excited about all the various government programs listed below, you must know that autism is a difficult sell. Most people have this image of disabled people as being wheelchair bound. I in no way want to belittle their struggle, but mental disabilities are not even on the radar when it comes to post-secondary funding. The notion of someone who appears physically normal needing an aide to attend university, is simply foreign to the bureaucrats. My understanding is that getting disability funding for someone with autism to attend college or university, is next to impossible. If anyone has had success, please email me so I can pass the information on to others.

Student Aid BC

This is a BC government program to assist with post-secondary funding. If your permanent disability creates barriers to post-secondary education, you may be eligible for a non-repayable Canada study grant of up to $8,000 per program year.

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Canada Study Grant

This is the federal government program to assist with funding for students with permanent disabilities.

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Canada Access Grant for students from low-income families

This federal program may help you meet up to 50 per cent of your post-secondary tuition costs, to a maximum of $3,000.

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Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate

Textbook costs can be passed on to the parents.

A student who has a disability and is enrolled in a qualifying educational program part time can claim the full-time rather than the part-time education amount if the student is entitled to the disability amount for the year or an authorized person certifies in Part 3 of this form or in a signed letter that, due to a mental or physical impairment, the student could not reasonably have been expected to be enrolled full time.

Check out Form T2202 Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate

Bursaries

The sky is the limit on this one. A good place to begin would be the student services office for the educational institution that your child will be attending. An internet search for bursaries for students with disabilities will return many listings. If your child is still in high school, you should check with the academic counselor for more information. Also, try approaching any of the charities listed on my Charities page or any others that you can think of.

You can also try BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities – Educational Awards

Additional Links

  • NEADS The National Educational Association of Disabled Students