Disabled Students in Canada
I’m posting a question thatIhave for once, in the hopes that someone may have experience in the area.
I’m Canadian, and currently on government disability which covers my rent and some incidentals, along with comping the price of my medications. I’ve been looking into the idea of returning to university as a full-time disabled student (2 courses) but my disability caseworker has informed me I can’t be on disability and attending school, that it has to go through student loans.
Now, I’ve also called around to other government offices and gotten completely different answers. No one seems to think that this area is covered by their department.
I am applying for a student loan, but even if I can get one to cover my living expenses it will still be money I need to pay back at some point, and since I’m taking half the classes most students would a semester the debt for living expenses will pile up.
So, disabled Canadians- if you’ve navigated this area before, I’d really appreciate some tips. I’m already confused and exhausted by other things, and I’m running out of time to go back this fall.
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I don’t know exactly where you are, but if you are in Quebec and apply as a disabled student, you get grants, not loans. Depending on your disability, you can also have money for material needed for studying (for exemple, I got a laptop with a mouse that doesn’t require me to move my arm, a trackball mouse). You will get more money in the beginning of school sessions to buy your material, and a little less during the school year to cover your living expenses. You will also get some in the summer, but again, less than during school year unless you apply for summer courses. Good luck.
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