Major functional disability

Under the Loans and Bursaries Program, a major functional disability is a permanent physical handicap that persistently and significantly limits the ability to carry out daily activities and pursue an education.

The following types of major functional disabilities are recognized by Aide financière aux études (AFE) :

  • Severe hearing impairment
  • Severe visual impairment
  • Motor impairment
  • Organic impairment

A full description of these disabilities is included in the Medical Certificate–Major Functional Disabilities and Other Recognized Disabilities form.

Eligibility requirements

If you have a recognized major functional disability and are enrolled in at least 20 course hours a month, you could qualify for the Loans and Bursaries Program, subject to meeting other eligibility requirements of the program.

In your case, while the Program’s general terms and conditions still apply, you could benefit from special measures that are based on your needs.

Special measures

If you qualify, you could:

  • Receive financial assistance during summer even if you are not pursuing studies during that session, as long as you are enrolled in the fall term following the current award year
  • Receive an allowance for expenses related to your special needs
  • Obtain self-supporting student status if you have been attending university for at least three years and have earned 45 credits in a single program
  • Receive the full amount of your financial assistance as a bursary

Compulsory procedure

If you have one of the recognized major functional disabilities, you must indicate that on your Application for Financial Assistance form. You must also have a general practitioner or medical specialist fill out and send us the Medical Certificate—Major Functional Disabilities and Other Recognized Disabilities form. To accelerate payment if you qualify, please submit a fully executed Application for Direct Deposit form and a void cheque along with your form.