The NEADS Financial Assistance Program is offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons living with disabilities, who often have higher costs and greater barriers to participation in higher education.

The program will award 54 NEADS grants semesterly and offer opportunities to apply for partner-funded scholarships, including but not limited to, the Canada Post Award, Accessible Media Inc. Sir Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarships and Connor Clark & Lunn award in certain semesters. In the Summer 2024 semester there are no partner funded scholarships available.


  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be living with a permanent disability.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution as a full-time student.
  • Applicants must be still enrolled in their studies at the time when the grant/scholarship is awarded.


  • For the purpose of these grants/scholarships, a permanent disability is a functional limitation which limits an individual’s ability to participate fully in post-secondary education.
  • Current high school students must be accepted in order to apply.
  • Full-time is defined as 40% of a course-load, as per the Canada Student Financial Assistance Program definition.
  • Applicants must be still enrolled in their studies at the time when the grant/scholarship is awarded.

(Summer 2024) – Types of available NEADS grants:

  • 14 grants of $3,000 for Tuition Fees
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Assistive Technology (e.g. braille display, screen reader, voice recognition software, prosthetics)
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Computers & Tablets
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Ergonomic Equipment (e.g. office chair, sit/stand desk, wheelchair seat cushion)
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Rent Support
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Food Security
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Mental Health & Wellness Services (e.g. counselling, massage therapy)
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Learning Supports (e.g. Psychological Assessments, ADHD coaching, tutoring)
  • 5 grants of $2,000 for Medical Supplies (e.g. medications, wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs).

(Summer 2024) – Types of available partner-funded scholarships:

  • There are no partner funded scholarships available in the Summer 2024 semester.

Selection Criteria:

The application process will require students to demonstrate:

  • The extent of their financial need.
  • Strong commitment to academia through study, research, and innovation (Canada Post Scholarship)
  • Community involvement (Canada Post scholarship).
  • Leadership and advocacy for self and others (Canada Post Scholarship)
  • Knowledge about media accessibility (Accessible Media Inc. Scholarship).

Selection Process

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to the above guidelines. Assuming all guidelines are met, selection committees review applications based on the selection criteria described above.

Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to receive an award will be contacted.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions or for any other inquiries pertaining to the application process please contact the financial assistance programs team at: etes@neads.ca.

Applications Open: Friday April 19, 2024

Deadline to Apply: Friday June 14, 2024 at 11:59pm, Eastern time.

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