If you are a student who is registered with Disability Access Services and your learning is affected by your disability, you may be eligible for grant funding for tutoring support.  Students must apply to Disability Access Services six to eight weeks before the term begins. An Access Specialist will determine your eligibility and let you know which forms are needed.

If you are approved, the below information may be helpful:

Preparing to Hire a Tutor

 Tutors book up early in the semester so prepare ahead of time.

Finding a Tutor

Students registered with Disability Access Services may access VIU's online Tutor Registry. The registry is a venue for students to seek tutor support services specific to their needs and an opportunity for tutors to share their expertise and help students learn.

If you cannot find a match through the registry, you can:

  • Check with your program department or instructors. They may keep a list of tutors with expertise in specific courses
  • Check online for local tutors
  • Contact Disability Access Services who can assist registered students to find a tutor.

Paying your Service Workers (Tutors/Notetakers)

CSG - STEPS FOR PAYING SERVICE WORKERS

If you are eligible for Canada Student Grant (CSG) (students who are on student loan or part-time studies grant):

Meet with Access Specialist to arrange services.

  • We will submit an estimate for your service costs (e.g. note takers and tutors) to the Ministry on your behalf.
  • When the cheque arrives, you will be notified.
  • Pick up your cheque; deposit or cash it.
  • Pay your service workers.
  • Have your service workers complete and sign the Ministry receipt form.
  • Enter your name and contact information on the receipt forms.
  • Mail completed receipts AND any unused funds to the Minister of Finance (address on the receipt form).
  • If you are returning funds, you must send a certified cheque or money order.
  • A reminder: You must submit receipts to the Ministry to demonstrate how the funds were used. Any unused funds must be returned to the Minister of Finance. Failure to do so will result in no further grant funding.

APSD - STEPS FOR PAYING SERVICE WORKERS

If your services are funded through APSD (ABE courses):

Meet with Access Specialist to arrange services.

  • We will submit an estimate for your service costs (e.g. note takers and tutors) on your behalf.
  • When the cheque arrives, you will be notified.
  • Pick up your cheque; deposit or cash it.
  • Pay your service workers.
  • Have your service workers complete and sign the receipt form.
  • Enter your name on the receipt forms.
  • Bring all receipts AND any unused funds to Disability Access Services.
  • A reminder: You must submit receipts to VIU to demonstrate how the funds were used. Any unused funds must be returned to VIU. Failure to do so will result in no further funding and may result in you being blocked from registering for courses at VIU.

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