High School Transition

Funding and Scholarship Programs

Northwest Territories Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The government of the Northwest Territories has not signed an agreement with the Federal government to implement the EAPD program. As such, support for students with disabilities still operates under the terms of the Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Persons (VRDP) Program. The program does offer support to students with disabilities to attend post-secondary education. However, this is a very small program, with a limited budget and students are encouraged to seek other supports, such as student loans.

VRDP funding has traditionally gone to support the purchase of computers and specialized software for individuals with disabilities. Students at Aurora College or other upgrading or employment-related programs are eligible for funding. The program has also supported assessment and tutoring services for students in post-secondary institutions, colleges, and universities. The program does not cover costs associated with tuition, books or living expenses, which are covered under Student Financial Assistance. Officials reported a short waiting list for access to VRDP funding at the time of our data collection. They also noted that funds are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so students are encouraged to apply early for assistance.