Persistent or Prolonged Disability

Persistent or Prolonged Disability is defined as “any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment - or a functional limitation - that restricts the ability of a person to perform the daily activities necessary to pursue studies at a post-secondary school level or to participate in the labour force and has lasted, or is expected to last, for a period of at least 12 months but is not expected to remain with the person for the person’s expected life.”

Jun
06
 
2022

2022/2023 Program Year

StudentAid BC applications for the 2022/2023 program year for classes starting between August 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023 are now available.

Appendix 2

Why am I being asked to complete Appendix 2: Spouse/Common-Law Partner Information?

A student you know has applied for student financial assistance and must have their spouse/common-law partner complete Appendix 2. Appendix 2 asks for personal and financial information. This information is used to determine how much you may be required to contribute towards the student’s education and how much they may be eligible to receive in federal and provincial grants.

Are you common-law?
You and your partner are considered to be common-law if you meet both of the following:

  • you are currently living together in a marriage-like relationship; and
  • you will have been living together for at least 12 consecutive months as of the student’s first day of classes.

The applicant will have access to information provided on your Appendix 2.

ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION


Q18. Date of marriage or the date you began living together in a marriage-like relationship (yyyy-mm)

This is the date you were married or, if common-law, the date you began living together in a marriage like relationship.


Q21. During the applicant's study period, will you be: Living with the applicant during the study period?

If you must live separately from the applicant during the study period, separate living allowances will be assessed.


Q22. Will you be a full-time post-secondary student for some or all of the applicant’s study period?

During the applicant’s study period, will you also be attending school full-time for some portion of that period? If so, answer YES. If your study period does not overlap with the applicant’s, answer no to this question. If it partially or completely overlaps, answer yes. Full-time is defined as at least 60 per cent of a full course load (40 per cent for students with a permanent disability, or a persistent or prolonged disability). This could be either high school, adult basic education, college prep, summer school, post-secondary or a training program.


Q23. If you will you be a full-time post-secondary student during the applicant’s study period, how many weeks of the applicant's study period will you also be in studies?

Enter the number of weeks you will be a full-time student during the applicant's study period. If you will be a full-time student for only part of the applicant’s study period, your expected spousal contribution will be pro-rated based on the number of weeks during the applicant’s study period in which the spouse or common-law partner is not in full-time studies.
To report the number of weeks of the applicant’s study period that you will also be in study, include all weeks where you will be in study for more than half the week (i.e., four days or more in that week). Use whole numbers only (no half weeks)."


Q24. During the applicant's study period, provide total income assistance/social assistance (welfare) and/or B.C. income assistance for persons with disabilities that you will be receiving:

Normally, students are not eligible to receive Income Assistance (welfare) while attending post-secondary studies, with the exception of students with disabilities in receipt of benefits under the Disability Benefits Program Act. If you are currently in receipt of Income Assistance, you must contact your Employment Assistance Worker or Social Worker and advise him/her of your spouse/common-law partner's intention to take full-time post-secondary studies. Your worker will determine whether you can continue to receive Income Assistance during your study period based on the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction or whether your Income Assistance will stop while your spouse/common-law partner is in full-time studies. If you have a disability and are receiving B.C. income assistance for persons with disabilities now from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, contact your local office to find out if you will be eligible to continue to receive B.C. income assistance for persons with disabilities during your spouse/common-law partner's study period. If you will be receiving income assistance or B.C. Income Assistance for Persons with Disabilities equal to or exceeding $1,500 over the course of your study period, your spouse/common law partner will be subject to an agreement between our ministries. Under the agreement, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction continues to provide maintenance (shelter, food, etc.) while StudentAid BC considers the cost of the program. These costs are limited to:

  • tuition
  • books/supplies
  • disability allowance
  • transportation costs, and,
  • unsubsidized day-care/baby-sitting costs, if you have dependent children.
Do not include on this line the Income Assistance/B.C. income assistance for persons with disabilities amount claimed by your spouse/common-law partner on the application or you will be assessed twice for these funds.

Q25. During the applicant's study period, will you be in receipt of employment insurance benefits (EI)?

Will you be in receipt of employment insurance benefits (EI)at the time the applicant submits their application? If so, answer YES. If you begin to receive employment insurance benefits (EI) after the student's application has been received, the student will need to submit an Appendix 7, Request for Reassessment, with documentation providing evidence of your receipt of these benefits.


Q26. During the applicant's study period, will you be in receipt of federal or provincial disability benefits?

Will you be in receipt of disability benefits from either the federal or provincial governments at the time the applicant submits their application? If so, answer YES. If you begin to receive federal or provincial disability benefits after the student's application has been received, the student will need to submit an Appendix 7, Request for Reassessment, with documentation providing evidence of your receipt of these benefits.


Q27. During the applicant's study period, how much will you pay for: Your Canada student loan and/or provincial student loan regular scheduled payments made?

Payments are defined as those which have been set under a formal monthly repayment schedule with your service provider and/or bank. Do not include payments or interest penalties on defaulted loans, loan overaward payments, or voluntary payments in excess of the expected monthly payment.


Q28. During the applicant’s study period, how much will you pay for total day-care costs? (Only one parent may claim day-care costs.)

Day-care costs are costs paid to a caregiver to care for your child(ren) aged 11 years or under, to enable the student and/or spouse or common-law partner to attend classes or to work during the study period. If a spouse or common-law partner is at home caring the student's dependent child(ren) during the study period, you cannot claim day-care costs. Enter study period day-care costs you will incur (be responsible for) for your child(ren) aged 11 or under. Do not include the amount of any Child Care Subsidy you may receive, only the amount you pay. Do not include costs declared by the applicant on the application, as only one parent can claim these costs. Do not include food, shelter or clothing costs. These are covered under a moderate standard of living calculation used in the assessment process.


Q29. During the applicant's study period, how much will you pay for: Child support and/or spousal support that you pay?

Enter any child support and/or spousal support payments you pay during the applicant's study period.


Q30. Enter your reported total income from line 15000 of your 2021 income tax return. If you did not file a 2021 income tax return, enter your total income from all sources both inside AND outside of Canada.

Enter the amount from line 15000 of your 2021 income tax return. The amount you report will be checked against Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) records. If the amount you report is different from CRA records, CRA data will be used to determine the applicant’s need assessment calculation and/or grant eligibility. If your previous year total income (as reported on Line 15000 of your 2021 tax return) changes, a reassessment of the applicant’s financial assistance application will be required. If you did not file a Canadian Income Tax Return for 2021, enter your total 2021 income from all sources both inside and outside Canada, which includes employment, pension investment, rental, RRSP, foster parent, net professional income, workers’ compensation, employment insurance and disability assistance. Convert foreign currency into Canadian dollars. StudentAid BC receives regularly updated information from CRA and may, after the point of initial StudentAid BC application assessment, compare income amount(s) declared on the application against CRA records, to ensure that the applicant’s financial need and/or grant eligibility remains up-to-date and accurate.


Appendix 1

Why am I being asked to complete Appendix 1: Parent(s)/Step-parent/Sponsor/Legal Guardian Information?

A student you know with Dependent status has applied for student financial assistance and must have their parent(s)/step-parent/sponsor/legal guardian complete Appendix 1. Appendix 1 asks for information about your personal finances. This information is used to determine how much you may be required to contribute towards the student’s education.

The applicant will have access to information provided on your Appendix 1.

If the student is a permanent resident under sponsorship, the sponsor must complete Appendix 1.

If the student’s parents are separated or divorced, or if the parent is single, Appendix 1 must be completed by the parent who is the student’s main financial supporter.

Federal Policy
A financial contribution (based on federal policy) may be expected from a parent(s)/ step-parent/sponsor/legal guardian, based on family size, income, assets and allowable income deductions. The contribution formula takes into account parent(s)/step-parent/sponsor/legal guardian’s total income as declared on line 15000 of their latest income tax return, less income taxes payable, Canada Pension Plan contributions, employment insurance contributions and a moderate standard of living. The income remaining following the deductions of these amounts is called “discretionary income.”

ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION


Q06. Marital status of parent(s)/step-parent/sponsor/legal guardian.

If you have remarried or are in a common-law relationship, your partner must provide his or her financial information. If you are separated, divorced or single, Appendix 1 must be completed by the parent who has legal responsibility for the applicant’s post-secondary education and/or is the main financial supporter.


Q20. Is the address of Parent 2 the same as previously entered for Parent 1?

Select “YES” to copy Parent 1 address to Parent 2.


Q34. How much will you and your spouse/common-law partner be giving the student during this study period: Money, total cashed Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and scholarship trust funds

A parent or guardian may wish to contribute funds toward the applicant's educational costs over and above amount they are assessed to contribute as part of a student's resource assessment. Enter total money given to the student for this study period, including the total amount of cashed Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and scholarship trust funds.


Q35. Enter your reported total income from line 15000 of your 2021 income tax return. If you did not file a 2021 income tax return, enter your total income from all sources both inside AND outside of Canada.

Enter the amount from line 15000 of your 2021 income tax return. The amount you report will be checked against Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) records. If the amount you report is different from CRA records, CRA data will be used in the applicant’s need assessment calculation. If your previous year total income (as reported on Line 15000 of your 2021 tax return) changes, a reassessment of the applicant’s financial assistance application will be required. If you did not file a Canadian Income Tax Return for 2021, enter your total 2021 income from all sources both inside and outside Canada, which includes employment, pension investment, rental, RRSP, foster parent, net professional income, workers’ compensation, employment insurance and disability assistance. Convert foreign currency into Canadian dollars. StudentAid BC receives regularly updated information from CRA and may, after the point of initial StudentAid BC application assessment, compare income amount(s) declared on the application against CRA records, to ensure that the applicant’s financial need remains up-to-date and accurate.


Q36. Enter the total net value of all Canadian and foreign assets (do not include RRSPs, principal residence or business).

Include the net value of all Canadian and foreign assets, including term deposits, stocks, bonds, GICs, bank accounts, rental properties, etc. Do not include RRSPs, principal residence, business assets, vehicles or household items.


Q37. Total Income Tax from line 43500.

Refer to your 2021 income tax return to determine the amounts deducted for income taxes. If no deductions, you must enter ‘0’ on appropriate lines.


Q38. Canada Pension Plan contributions (CPP) from line 30800 (contributions payable on self-employment and other earnings).

Refer to your 2021 income tax return to determine the amounts deducted for Canada Pension Plan contributions. If no deductions, you must enter ‘0’ on appropriate lines.


Q39. Canada Pension Plan contributions (CPP) from line 31000 (contributions payable on self-employment and other earnings).

Refer to your 2021 income tax return to determine the amounts deducted for Canada Pension Plan contributions. If no deductions, you must enter ‘0’ on appropriate lines.


Q40. Employment Insurance (EI) from line 31200.

Refer to your 2021 income tax return to determine the amounts deducted for employment insurance contributions. If no deductions, you must enter ‘0’ on appropriate lines.


Q41. Do you have any eligible dependants as defined within the help?

For StudentAid BC purposes, eligible dependants are any dependants for whom you receive the Canada Child Benefit or for whom you claim a benefit on your 2021 income tax return. Eligible dependants include:

  • your child(ren) under 19 years of age as of the start of the applicant's classes, for whom you have custody or provide care (they live with you) at least two days per week during the applicant's entire study period; or
  • your child(ren) age 19 or over who are dependent full-time students; or
  • your permanently disabled child(ren) age 19 or over, who you fully support and declare on your income tax return; or
  • your foster children, if foster parent income is claimed on Appendix 1 on line 35; or
  • your elderly relatives who you fully support and declare on your income tax return.

Section 5 - Study Period Information

Q45. Between the date classes start and the date classes end, will you be on a co-op / paid work term?

Students in co-op placements and paid work terms will be eligible for StudentAid BC funding if they are working 32 hours or more per week. If you will be on an approved co-op/paid work term during your study period, answer “YES.” If you will be attending school for two semesters and may be in a co-op/paid work term in your second semester, submit a separate StudentAid BC application for each semester of study.


Q46. While you are in school, will you be living with your parent(s) / step-parent / sponsor / legal guardian or living in a home owned or rented by them?

While attending school, were you or do you expect to be living in a home owned or rented by your parent(s)/step-parent/sponsor/legal guardian? If so, select “YES.” If you are or will be living in a self-contained suite in your parent(s)/step-parent/sponsor or legal guardian’s home and paying fair market rent on a consistent basis throughout your study period, select “NO".

A self-contained suite is defined as having its own separate entrance, kitchen, bathroom and living area/bedroom and you are responsible for your share of the utilities (hydro, telephone, cable, etc.).

Note: You may be required to provide documentation of monthly rental payments.

Appeal Option

If you are living with your parent(s)/step-parent/sponsor/legal guardian and paying room and board costs, select “YES”. To have these costs considered on your assessment you must submit an Appeal Request form for Room and Board.


Q47. Day-care costs that you incur for your child(ren) age 11 years or under. Do not include child-care subsidy amount, only the amount you pay. Only one parent may claim these day-care costs.

Day-care costs are costs paid to a caregiver to care for a student’s child(ren) aged 11 years or under, to enable the student and spouse or common-law partner to attend classes or to work during the study period. If a spouse or common-law partner is at home caring for the student’s dependent child(ren) during the study period, you cannot claim day-care costs. Enter the day-care costs you will incur (be responsible for) for your child(ren) aged 11 or under. Do not include the amount of any Child Care Subsidy you may receive, only the amount you pay. Do not include costs declared by your spouse/common-law partner on Appendix 2, as only one parent may claim these costs. Do not include food, shelter or clothing costs. These are covered under a moderate standard of living calculation used in the assessment process.


Q48. Child support and / or spousal support that you pay.

Enter child support and/or spousal support payments made by you during your study period. This includes court-ordered or other arranged monthly payments.


Q49. If you must relocate to a different city to attend school and you will return home at least once during your study period, what is the cost of one return trip home?

Return transportation assists eligible students to return home to visit during the study period, or move back home when classes finish. (This does not include daily transportation costs.) Provide the cost of one return trip. The allowance will be calculated based on the length of your program. You are expected to travel as economically as possible. This travel allowance includes the price of fuel for those students travelling home in their own vehicle; however, this allowance does not cover vehicle loan payments, vehicle insurance or maintenance costs.

Appeal Option
If you travel more than one hour each way to attend school, you may qualify for the additional transportation allowance.


Q50. Enter your reported total income from line 15000 of your 2021 Income Tax Return. This income will be matched with Canada Revenue Agency records, which may affect your assessment of need and/or grant eligibility. If you did not file a 2021 Income Tax Return, enter your total income from all sources both inside AND outside of Canada.

Enter the amount from line 15000 of your 2021 income tax return. The amount you report will be checked against Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) records. If the amount you report is different from CRA records, CRA data will be used in your need assessment calculation and/or to determine your grant eligibility. If your previous year total income (as reported on Line 15000 of your 2021 tax return) changes, a reassessment of your financial assistance application will be required. StudentAid BC receives regularly updated information from CRA and may, after the point of initial StudentAid BC application assessment, compare income amount(s) declared on the application against CRA records, to ensure that your financial need and/or grant eligibility remains up-to-date and accurate.

If you did not file a Canadian Income Tax Return for 2021, enter your total 2021 income from all sources both inside and outside Canada, which includes employment, pension investment, rental, RRSP, foster parent, net professional income, workers’ compensation, employment insurance and disability assistance. Convert foreign currency into Canadian dollars.

Note: Your assessment of financial need, including eligibility for Canada Student Grants, will be based on your 2021 (prior year) income. If you have been out of secondary (high) school ten years or more and are submitting your application for StudentAid BC funding in 2022 for a 2023 study period, and you subsequently submit an Appendix 9 (Request for Reassessment for Canada Student Grants), please note that the Appendix 9 reassessment will be based on your 2022 income. Please see the Appendix 9 form for more information.


Q51. Merit-based scholarships or needs-based bursaries, including provincial government scholarships.

A scholarship is an award given to a student who has demonstrated high academic standing. A bursary is an award given to a student who has demonstrated financial need. If you know you will be receiving a scholarship or a needs-based bursary, enter the total amount. If you have received a Passport to Education or Provincial Scholarship include these as well. If you will be receiving a Nurses Education Bursary, or a Youth Educational Assistance Fund Award, do not include these amounts, as they are exempt from assessment.


Q52. Funding you will receive, or you are contributing, to help meet specific educational costs.

Enter the funding you will receive to help meet specific educational costs towards your education during this study period.

(a) Government funding (e.g., EI training allowance, social assistance payments intended to cover education-related costs)

(a) Include funding received from federal or provincial governments for your education, not including StudentAid BC funding, First Nations band funding, Treaty First Nations income or Post-secondary Student Support (PSSSP) funding, Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy funding, or Métis Nation Post-Secondary Education Strategy funding, all of which are not considered in the assessment of resources.

(b) Non-government (private sector) funding (e.g. employer)

(b) Funding received from all other non-government sources for your education (e.g. employers, charities, religious organizations, sponsors, etc.). A number of organizations, agencies and employers provide sponsorship for tuition and books. If you are receiving sponsorship, enter the total amount you will receive for your entire study period on this question.

(c) Voluntary monetary contributions from parent(s)/step-parent/sponsor/legal guardian