There are a number of financial aid programs available to students with disabilities to help cover additional expenses such as adaptive technology, special equipment or support services such as tutors. Please visit the following links for information on the services available:
Provincial Financial Services
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Student Financial Services has a comprehensive website with links to information on financial aid services available to students.
Federal Financial Services
CanLearn is a one-stop online source offered by the Canadian Government to help you save, plan, and pay for post-secondary education. More information on this service is available on the CanLearn website.
Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities
The Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities program is designed to help students with permanent disabilities overcome educational barriers that they may have due to their disability. In order to qualify for this grant, students must be eligible to receive a Canada Student Loan.
Students eligible for this grant may receive up to $8,000 per program year to offset the costs of education-related equipment or services associated with permanent disabilities. A Verification of Permanent Disability Form along with Confirmation of Need must accompany applications for the Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities. Students can contact Student Services at Grenfell Campus for further information.
Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
This is a grant of up to $2,000 per loan year for students with demonstrated permanent disabilities who are eligible for student loans. This grant is payable up-front and will cover the lesser of $2,000 or the assessed federal need.
A Verification of Permanent Disability Form must accompany applications for the Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities.
For more information on how to apply for this grant, contact Newfoundland and Labrador Student Financial Services.
Reduced Course Load Request Form
The Reduced Course Load Request Form must be completed when requesting financial assistance to enroll in a reduced course load (i.e., less than 80%) due to extenuating circumstances. If the request is a result of medical reasons or a documented learning disability, please have the appropriate section completed by the appropriate professional who is familiar with the condition. Attach extra pages if necessary.
Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities
The Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD), formerly known as the Employability Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities (EAPD), is designed to assist individuals with a disability to acquire the skills, experience, and support necessary to successfully prepare for, enter, or remain in the work force.
For more information on the programs and services funded under LMAPD, visit the Newfoundland and Labrador Work Information Network.
Scholarships and awards recognize and reward the academic achievements of students at different levels of their studies. Each year, Memorial University recognizes over 1200 of their students.
All students may qualify for general scholarships if they meet the basic criteria (i.e., scholarship standing and other qualifying criteria for specific awards).
A number of scholarships and bursaries are designated for Memorial students with disabilities including:
The AMI Scholarship Program is available through Accessible Media Inc. Two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to students, one of which will be reserved for a student with a permanent disability.
To be eligible for the AMI Scholarship Program, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Be a student planning to enrol, or continuing to be enrolled, in full-time studies in a diploma or degree program at a Canadian post-secondary school in the 2014/2015 academic term
- Students who attend or will be attending a Canadian post-secondary school in the 2014/2015 academic term in a reduced course load due to a permanent disability, but who are still considered byu their post-secondary institution to be full-time students, are also eligible.
To apply, please click here
The Fraser Edison Scholarship
This scholarship is the result of a donation to the Opportunity Fund in 1999 by Mr. Fraser Edison. It will be valued at the annual interest on the endowment and will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has a recognized physical disability. An application is required which is available at the Scholarships and Awards Office website at www.mun.ca/scholarships.
The Glenn Roy Blundon Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, valued at $500.00, has been established by the family, friends and fellow students of the late Glenn Roy Blundon, a former student of Memorial University of Newfoundland who, despite his severe physical disability, succeeded in his studies and made a significant contribution to student life. In the awarding of this scholarship, preference will be given to academically qualified students with disabilities but those enrolled in the Special Education Program may be considered when no candidates are available from the first group. An application is required which is available at the Scholarships and Awards Office website at www.mun.ca/scholarships.
Up to three scholarships, valued at $500.00 per annum, are donated by the Newfoundland Branch of the War Amputees of Canada, and are to be known as the Key Tag Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded annually to amputee students in any year or field of study at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In the event that no applications are received from amputee students, the Committee may consider other physically disabled students. In making the awards, financial need, initiative and scholastic achievement will be considered. In special circumstances, the scholarships may be held for more than one year. An application is required which is available at the Scholarships and Awards Office website at www.mun.ca/scholarships.
This scholarship is the result of a donation to Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2002, in memory of Mr. MacLeod. Mr. MacLeod was a recipient of the Provincial Government Senior Jubilee Scholarship in the early 1930's. The scholarship will be valued at the annual interest on the endowment and will be awarded to a Newfoundland and Labrador undergraduate student who has a recognized disability (physical or learning). The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of scholarship standing to a student in the Faculty of Science. Where possible, preference will be given to financially needy students as determined by the University. In a year when a student meeting the above criteria cannot be identified, the scholarship may be awarded to any undergraduate student who demonstrates need. An application is required which is available at the Scholarships and Awards Office website at www.mun.ca/scholarships. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the basis of an application.
Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador offers two scholarships for students valued at $1000.00. These scholarships are open only to members of Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador who have been diagnosed with epilepsy or seizure disorder. For more information on the two scholarships, please click the links below:
For information on how to become a member of Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador, please click here
For a complete listing of scholarships and awards, visit the Scholarships and Awards page.
Also, there are scholarships offered through the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) and CNIB.
Emergency Student Loans
Short-term emergency loans, up to a maximum of $300, are available to students in certain circumstances. For more information on accessing a short-term loan see guidelines and contact information below.
- These loans are available for full-time undergraduate students with Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.
- Loans issued in previous semesters must be repaid before consideration will be given to any request.
- Loans will not be issued against next semester’s income/student aid.
- Extensions will not be granted. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all loans/fees are paid before you are allowed to register for the following semester.
For more information, please contact Diane Johnson:
Location: AS 234D
Call: 637 -6249
Employment opportunities on campus
For information on employment opportunities for students, please visit the Grenfell Campus Career Services page or contact Jennifer McGinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional financial resources
Information on additional funding or scholarships for students with disabilities can be found at the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) online resource centre.