Student Loans

Manitoba Student Loans

By applying for a Manitoba Student Loan, students with disabilities may be eligible for other forms of awards and bursaries through the provincial and federal government student loan programs.

Learn more about Manitoba Student Loans

Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Formerly named the Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

If you have a permanent disability and qualify for a Manitoba Student Loan, you may receive a $2,000 grant as part of your award, which need not be repaid. These funds are to help cover the costs of accommodation, tuition, and books.

Learn more about the Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

If you have a permanent disability which requires you to incur exceptional educational-related costs for things such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers, or assistive technology, you may receive up to $8,000 per academic year to help for these expenses.

Learn more about the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Red River College Awards

Awards/Bursaries for Counselling and Accessibility Services

Counselling and Accessibility Services Awards

Three $1000 awards are available annually to assist students who are clients of Counselling and Accessibility Services who are experiencing a complex situation, and where issues resulting from this situation may place the student at academic risk. The student must be eligible to continue in their program. To apply speak with a counsellor or in Counselling and Accessibility Services and include the following in your application package: a letter of support from the counsellor you are working with, and an essay or summary from the student describing their situation/need. Deadline for applications is December 5th.

Students With Disabilities Award

Three $1000 awards are available annually to assist students with disabilities (documented physical, mental health, learning disabilities as well a vision and hearing loss). Students who are experiencing significant financial need, and are maintaining satisfactory academic progress, may be eligible to receive an award. To apply, speak with a manager/counsellor in Accessibility Services and include the following in your application package: documentation verifying disability, a letter of support from a manager/counsellor, and an essay or summary from you regarding your current situation or need. Deadline for applications is December 5.

Counselling and Accessibility Services Crisis Bursary

Bursaries are available annually to assist students, who are clients of the Student Support Services Department (including Counselling and Accessibility Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and Exam Accommodations and Assistive Technology units). Students who are experiencing financial hardship may be eligible to receive a bursary.

Criteria:

  • The student is eligible to continue in program
  • The student has significant financial need that without assistance, may place them at risk for withdrawing from their program
  • The student demonstrates efforts at academic progress

Maximum bursary is $500. Students may apply one time per year for a crisis bursary. No deadline date. Bursaries are available until limited funds expire. Inquiries should be directed to a manager or counsellor in Student Support Services.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Award

Awards totaling $2000 awards are available annually to assist students who are registered with DHHS and are experiencing a financial hardship or a complex situation that may place the student at academic risk. Students must be eligible to continue in their program and demonstrate efforts in academic progress. To apply, contact the DHHS manager and include an essay or summary describing the situation and/or need for financial support. Deadline for applications is October 15th for fall term and February 15th for winter term.

Assistive Technology Award

Two awards, up to $1000 each, are available annually for students with disabilities registered with Accessibility Services (i.e., Counselling & Accessibility Services, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, Exam Accommodations & Assistive Technology) who would benefit from assistive technology. Students must be eligible to continue in their program and demonstrate efforts in academic progress. They must also be ineligible for government assistive technology grants (e.g., Canada Student Grant), and is not sponsored by a government or community agency. To apply, students should write a brief letter, jointly with their Accessibility Services counsellor, requesting the specific equipment/technology the student would like to obtain, and including how that equipment will be beneficial to the student. The letter should be submitted to the Accessibility Services Assistive Technologist. Deadline for applications is December 5th.

Other Awards

The Ethan Bruce Johnston Minaker Award

A $500 Award is being offered to encourage access to post-secondary education for students with disabilities. The Award will be offered to outstanding applicants who have a demonstrated strong commitment to the field of disability research, advocacy or support. Applications are available through the Counselling and Accessibility Services at Red River College or by request to minakerjohnstonaward@gmail.com.

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship is provided to a student annually who has a diagnosed mental illness. Students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students’ accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study.

Learn more about the Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

Resources

Community Agencies

MarketAbilities

The MarketAbilities Program offers a wide range of employment focused services and potential funding to assist adults with disabilities (specific learning disorders, mental health disabilities) in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment.

Included under the same umbrella as MarketAbilities, are other agencies providing services and potential funding for individual with various specific disabilities.

Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB): for individuals who are blind or visually impaired

Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA): for individuals with a spinal cord injury

Society for Manitoba with Disabilities (SMD): for individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or have other physical disabilities.