Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Eligibility (Basic Eligibility): 

Ontario residents; Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons; enrolled in approved degree program.

Award type: 
Financial Aid
Application Required
Level of Study: 
Description of Award: 

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government financial aid program made up of a mix of grants and loans, and a great place to start if you’re an Ontario resident entering university. If you are receiving OSAP, you’ll automatically be considered for other sources of funding, like UTAPS.

Academic Year: 
Based on calculated financial need. Student Assistance maximums are: Single Students: Up to $390per week of study; Married Students and Sole-Support Parents: Up to $660 per week of study. If eligible, you could receive OSAP grants in excess of these amounts. OSAP assistance amounts are updated yearly - check the OSAP website for the most current information.
Full Eligibility Requirements: 

Recipient must: be an Ontario resident who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person; enrolled in an approved degree program that is 12 weeks or more in length; have financial need according to the OSAP need assessment  Taking at least 60% of a full course load (1.5 credits per term for undergraduate students) (or 40% if you have a permanent disability (1.0 credits per term for undergraduate students)) -- see OSAP for Part-Time Students if studying part time.

How to Apply: 

APPLY ONLINE at the OSAP website; Submit supporting documentation by uploading to the OSAP website. The first time you apply, you must submit your Master Student Financial Assistane Agrement (MSFAA) to a Designated Post Office following the instructions provided.

Deadline to Apply: 
Online application due no later than 60 days before the end of your study period. Supporting documents due no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
How/When is it paid?: 

OSAP funds are disbursed in two installments. Generally, for a two-term study period, 60% of the funding will be disbursed in September and the remainder in January.

Domestic Students