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    Posted: 02/September/2007 at 8:15pm
Hi all,
 
Just recently I found out that BC has a permanent disability program that allows the provincial part of of your student loans to be forgiven.
 
I went to the BC Student Assistance Program website and printed out the application.  It was a one page application asking only for your name, adr., sin.  The only qualification necessary is that you qualify either for cpp disability or provincial disability benefits.  They don't ask what your disability is or what your income is.  I sent off the application and about 4 weeks later I got a letter saying it was approved! The province will now pay the provincial part of my student loan plus interest directly to CIBC.
 
While it didn't wipe out my student debt entirely, it sure lessened the load.  Now if/when I get my kidney transplant maybe I can return to work and actually be able to make the payments.
 
It is amazing how differently the provinces handle student loan issues.
 
Hopefully this post may help other disabled BC residents that are not aware of this program.
 
 
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Hey justme2007

What kind of proof of your disability did they require?

Hope your kidney transplant went well!!
Thanks,
Shinobue
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I went through the same process a few years back.  The form doesn't even require you to disclose your disability, I just had to get it signed/stamped from my income assistance worker from provincial disability.

I am sure it will not be much different from CPP disability except it may be harder to find someone to fill out the form for you.
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