Financial Awards and Resources
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.
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.
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.
Red River College Polytechnic Awards
Counselling and Student Accessibility Services Awards
One $1500 award is available annually to assist a student who is a client of Counselling and Student Accessibility Services who is 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. Students may apply by speaking with an Accessibility Specialist in Counselling and Student Accessibility Services. The application must include a letter of support from the counsellor the student is working with, and an essay or summary from the student describing their situation/need. Submit the application to the Manager, Counselling and Student Accessibility Services. Deadline for applications is December 5th.
Students With Disabilities Award
One $1500 award is available annually to assist a student with a disability or 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 this award. Students may apply by speaking with a manager/Accessibility Specialist in Student Accessibility Services. The application must include a letter of support from the manager/Accessibility Specialist the student is working with, and an essay or summary from the student describing their situation/need. Submit the application to the Manager, Counselling and Student Accessibility Services. Deadline for applications is December 5th.
Counselling and Student Accessibility Services Crisis Bursary
Bursaries are available annually to assist students, who are connected with Student Support Services Department (including Counselling and Student 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.
- 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/Accessibility Specialist in Student Support Services.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Award
Two $500 awards are available annually to assist students registered with DHHS who are experiencing a financial hardship or a complex situation that may place them at academic risk. Students must be eligible to continue in their program and demonstrate efforts in academic progress. To apply, students must contact the DHHS manager and include an essay or summary describing their 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
One award of $1000, is available annually for a student with a disability registered with Student Accessibility Services (i.e., Counselling and Student 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 are not sponsored by a government or community agency. To apply, students should write a brief letter, jointly with their Student Accessibility Services Accessibility Specialist/manager, requesting the specific equipment/technology they would like to obtain, and stating how that equipment will be beneficial. The letter should be submitted to the Student Accessibility Services Assistive Technologist. Deadline for applications is December 5th.
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.
- National Educational Association of Disabled Students National Student Awards Program
- DisabilityAwards.ca – your portal to awards and scholarships for students with disabilities studying at Canada’s colleges and universities
- Red River College Polytechnic’s Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships
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.