Canada Student Grant Application Info

					Canada Student Grant for Services & Equipment for Persons with
Permanent Disabilities (Saskatchewan students) Students from another province should
make an appointment with a DSS Advisor to discuss the process for your home province

Canada Student                 This $2,000 student grant is awarded to students who declare they have a
Grant for Persons              permanent disability when applying for a student loan. There is no separate
with Permanent                 application for this grant, but you must provide proof of your permanent disability
Disabilities                   with your loan application.

Canada Student                 This Student Grant is designed to help Canadian students (or Landed
Grant for Services &           Immigrants) overcome educational disability-related barriers that they may
Equipment for                  encounter while pursuing post-secondary training. It is a Canada Student Loans,
Persons with                   Human Resources and Skills Development Canada sponsored program. The
Permanent                      Study Grant is a non-repayable grant. Although T4As will be issued for the
Disabilities                   corresponding taxation year and must be submitted with you tax return, it is no
                               longer considered taxable income.

Funding                        Eligible Saskatchewan students can receive up to $10,000 in funding. The goods
                               and/or services covered by the grant may include but is not limited to the
                               following:
                                    o tutors
                                    o specialized transportation (to and from school)
                                    o assistive technology
                                    o alternate format
                                    o reimbursements for learning disability assessments

                               The grant cannot be used to cover the cost of tuition and/or books as that is
                               covered by the student loan. Funds will be issued in the form of a cheque made
                               out to the applicant.

Eligibility Criteria           1. You have a permanent disability that limits your ability to perform the daily
                                  activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary studies
                               2. You are enrolled in at least 40% of a full course load (6 cu per term) as a
                                  full-time student and 20% (3 cu per term) of a full course load as a part-
                                  time student.
                               3. You are eligible to apply for a Student Loan and have an assessed financial
                                  need of at least one dollar
                               4. You provide, or have on file at Student Loans, medical documentation of
                                  your disability that includes recommendations for equipment and services.
                                  Students with a learning disability must provide a psycho-educational
                                  assessment no older than 5 years

               Disability Services for Students • University of Saskatchewan • 105 Administration Place • Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2
                  Tel: 306-966-7273 • Fax: 306-966-1170 • E-mail: dss@usask.ca • Website: students.usask.ca/disability/dss
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Students with loans         Make an appointment with a DSS Advisor to discuss the process for your
from outside SK             province.

Application Process         The following documents must be submitted before the application deadline:
                            1. Cover letter with cost estimates and basis for requesting goods
                            2. Canada Student Grant for Services & Equipment for Persons with
                               Permanent Disabilities Application form
                            3. Two separate cost estimates for goods (if requesting goods)
                            4. Medical documentation that supports the items requested must be
                               provided with your application unless it was provided with your loan
                               application
                            5. Confirmation of Enrollment
                            6. Confirmation letter from Disability Services for Students

Application Deadline        Applications take 4-6 weeks to be approved. They must be submitted at
                            least 45 days before the last day of the Student Loan period. In Regular
                            Session this would be April 30. If applying during Spring/Summer, phone the
                            Student Financial Assistance Branch to find out if your application will be in
                            time to be considered.

Cost Estimates for          Two different store quotes needed for each item
Goods                           On store letterhead
                                Quote should have
                                       o student’s name
                                       o date of quote
                                       o include taxes
                                       o include shipping if applicable
                                For funding purposes, cost estimates cannot include warranties or
                                   extended service plans
                                Reseller price quotes: have them email it as an attachment
                                It is important to obtain the cost estimate as close as possible to the
                                   date you submit so that the prices won’t have changed significantly by
                                   the time you receive the funding

Where to get a              A cost estimate for most goods is available from the Campus Computer Store
Cost Estimate               (Lower Place Riel). Additional estimates for the laptop and accessories, Dragon,
                            and Scanning Pens are available through local computer stores. For Kurzweil
                            3000 contact re-sellers on the web. To obtain a quote from a re-seller we
                            recommend that you phone and ask them to email you a quote for the goods
                            as an attachment.

Reseller Websites           www.aroga.com (1-800-561-6222)
                            http://microscience.on.ca (1-800-290-6563)
                            www.secrest.ca (1 888 292 5815)

            Disability Services for Students • University of Saskatchewan • 105 Administration Place • Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2
               Tel: 306-966-7273 • Fax: 306-966-1170 • E-mail: dss@usask.ca • Website: students.usask.ca/disability/dss
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Tutoring Estimates            Content Tutoring = $25 / hour
                              Estimate number of hours per week and multiply by the number of weeks of
                              study including weeks of final exams (34 weeks)

                              Proofreading & Editing = $30 / hour
                              Estimate number of assignments per course times 3 hours each

                              IT Tutoring = $50/ hour
                              Use of Microsoft Office (length of time depends on student’s computer literacy)
                              Kurzweil & Dragon Naturally Speaking – 5 hours basic training

                              Academic Strategist = $60 / hour
                              Help with time management and study skills

Alternate Format              We recommend that you estimate $100.00 per course if you require alternate
Estimates                     format textbooks to use screen reader software (for example, Kurzweil).

Writing the                   We suggest that students write a cover page that includes:
Cover Page                       o Your contact information, SIN, and the Date
                                 o Statement of what your disability is and how it affects your studies
                                 o Paragraph with heading for each item, rounding prices to the nearest
                                    dollar (i.e. Tablet PC $3500 – $4000)
                                 o Write one or 2 sentences that explain why you think these technologies
If helpful, email                   will help you, or how much you are struggling without them
this cover page                  o At the bottom include the TOTAL AMOUNT (low price and high price)
to one of the                       that you are requesting, including tutoring
DSS Student Advisors             o Sign the page
for proof-reading
                              Computer Price Quotes
                              When calculating the amount for the computer, include all accessories needed
                              for regular operation of a computer. These include software, carrying cases for
                              laptops, security cables, and microphones. List the printer and scanner and
                              their prices separately.

What to do with               Equipment & Software
the money you                    o Purchase as soon as you receive the money
receive                          o Send back the receipt and any unspent money
                                 o You cannot apply savings from one item to another item
                                 o You can add your own money to an item, in order to upgrade
                              Tutoring
                                 o They will send you a page with a blank calendar on it
                                 o You photocopy for each month and fill in the times and days you had
                                     tutoring – the tutor signs at the bottom
                                 o Purchase a receipt book (top receipt white, bottom receipt yellow)
                                 o Mail the white receipt to Regina attached to the calendars

              Disability Services for Students • University of Saskatchewan • 105 Administration Place • Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2
                 Tel: 306-966-7273 • Fax: 306-966-1170 • E-mail: dss@usask.ca • Website: students.usask.ca/disability/dss
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                                  o The yellow booklet is for your safe keeping in case any receipts are lost
                                    by Regina – it also helps you to keep track of the total amount spent

                             At the end of April (or August for spring/summer):
                                 o You send the receipts and a cheque made out to Saskatchewan
                                     Learning for any unspent tutoring monies

                             If you have under-estimated the amount of tutoring you will need:
                                  o Once the money has run out, submit your receipts along with another
                                     grant application for more tutoring money
                                  o This would have to be submitted no less than 45 days from the end of
                                     the session




Document Checklist for Study Grant Applications

Before you submit your application form, ensure that you have included the following documents:

   1. Signed application form for Canada Student Grant for Services & Equipment for Persons with
      Permanent Disabilities

   2. Two separate cost estimates (quotes) for goods (if requesting goods)

   3. Cover page with cost estimates and basis for requesting goods

   4. Medical Documentation (unless already on file with SK Student Loans)

   5. Confirmation of Enrolment

   6. Confirmation letter from Disability Services for Students

Remember that applications can take 4-6 weeks to be approved, so we recommend that you mail via
Express Post. Also, remember to make copies of all prices quotes, receipts, etc. for your records.

Send completed application forms to:

Student Financial Assistance Branch
200 - 3303 Hillsdale Street
Regina, SK S4S 6P4
Attention: Student Grant

Fax: 1-306-787-1608
Phone: 1-800-597-8278

             Disability Services for Students • University of Saskatchewan • 105 Administration Place • Saskatoon SK S7N 5A2
                Tel: 306-966-7273 • Fax: 306-966-1170 • E-mail: dss@usask.ca • Website: students.usask.ca/disability/dss

				
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