Government of Nova Scotia Funding for Students with Disabilities

Information about Nova Scotia Loans & Grants can be found HERE.

Information for students with permanent disabilities can be found HERE. Key points:

  • The Student Assistance program offers more flexible limits for students with a permanent disability who might have trouble completing their school program within traditional timelines.
  • You have extra time to complete your program with the help of student assistance funding. For most students the maximum number of weeks of assistance (which includes period of interest-free status), is 340. The maximum is 520 weeks for borrowers who are permanently disabled.
  • You may qualify for extra funding that is specifically designed to help you pay for exceptional expenses related to your disability, such as transportation, specialized equipment, specialized textbooks, learning support services, and more.
  • The Nova Scotia government partners with Post-Secondary Accessibility Services to help you access disability-related resources that can help you succeed at school.
  • We offer some grants specifically for students who have a permanent disability. You are automatically assessed for most of them at the same time as you apply for student assistance. The Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment requires a separate application.)
  • Even if you don’t think you’ll have enough calculated financial need to qualify for a large amount of student loan funding, consider applying anyway. This could give you access to grant money to help you pay for the equipment and services that can help you succeed.

A Nova Scotia grant is offered through the Post-Secondary Disability Services page, HERE. It is listed below:

Nova Scotia Grant for Services and Equipment

This is a Federal and/or Labour Market Agreement Permanent Disability (LMAPD) government grant. Students with permanent disabilities pursuing post-secondary education may be eligible for non-repayable assistance for educational disability related services and/or equipment required to participate in the student’s program of study. This grant requires a separate application called Application for Services and Equipment Grant for Post-Secondary Students with Permanent Disabilities.

Some examples of services and equipment may include:

  • Tutor
  • Note-taker
  • Learning Strategist
  • Text to speech or voice dictation software
  • Technical aids

Disability Resource Facilitators

If you are attending Universities within Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Community College, Post-Secondary Disability Services (PSDS) funds these institutions to provide you with a Disability Resource Facilitator (DRF) to assist you with what on-site supports and services are available.

These might include:

  • Assisting with grant application for services and equipment
  • Tutoring
  • Note-taking
  • Learning strategist
  • Assistive technology
  • Orientation to the school

See more HERE.