The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is an application-based government aid program for Ontario resident students. Based on the government’s assessment of your educational costs and expected financial resources, OSAP offers a mixture of repayable loans and grants (money you will not need to repay).
The information on this site is aimed primarily at full-time York University degree students applying for OSAP aid. The Student Financial Services site has information about part-time loans and grants.
Fall/Winter 2018-2019 OSAP updates
Top 4 things to know if the next step on your OSAP application states that the school must confirm your enrollment in full-time studies
- The university generally starts confirming enrollment as of August 28th, and this could take up to 2 weeks. Please finalize your timetable as soon as possible if not already done. Change request forms are available here or at our office if your OSAP file needs to be updated.
- Don’t be surprised to see your OSAP funding deposited in your bank account at different times, it does come from different funding sources: Federal and Provincial. It will take up to 10 business days for all of the funds to get deposited once they are released. Please note that 60% of your funds will be released in fall and 40% in winter.
- Interested in knowing exactly how much OSAP you are receiving and how much is being deposited to the school? Login to your OSAP application, click on “Check Status” and then “View Funding”. The page will give updated info for you!
- If you submitted your Fall/Winter 2018-2019 full-time OSAP application by June 30th or submitted your Fall (F) only full-time OSAP application by June 30th, you will have one-month interest free. Your Fall fees will thus be due by October 10th.
Why don’t I have my OSAP yet?
If York can’t confirm your enrolment, it could be because of …
- Required documents: 1) Your supporting documents have not been submitted or have not yet been processed. Please note that OSAP documents takes between 6 to 8 weeks to process.
- Restrictions: a restriction may be showing on your OSAP file – if you haven’t contacted us yet or don’t understand the restriction that is on your file, please contact us.
- Course load: You have submitted a full-time OSAP application but are not enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits per semester (6 credits for students with permanent disabilities). – you’re not enrolled full-time.
- If your course load increased by 20% more than what declared on your OSAP application, you need to fill-out a change request form so that we can update then confirm your OSAP application.
- Enrollment registration: You are a new student who just enrolled in your courses and you have not yet paid your registration deposit; or your student number is missing from your OSAP application.
The new OSAP program aims to maximize the total amount of grants that students receive. For students whose family income is $50 000 or less, tuition would essentially be free since the total amount of OSAP grants would equal or be greater than the average cost of tuition. Please check-out the OSAP Aid Estimator on the government website to see How much you could get under the new OSAP.
Request for Grants only
Students can request that only their grants be released to them. The Request for grant only needs to be submitted 30 days before the release of your installment. For those receiving OSAP in January, you should submit the request by the end of November.
If you change your mind and decide to receive the loan portion of your OSAP funding, you can do so until February 19 by submitting a Change Request Form available on our OSAP Forms page.
How to Apply
For complete OSAP information and to apply online, go to the government’s OSAP website.
Once you have visited the government’s OSAP website, the eight steps outlined here provide you with more specific information to guide you through the OSAP cycle at York. We suggest you follow these steps in order, especially if this is the first time you are applying for OSAP.