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OSAP for part-time students

In this section you can learn everything you need to know about OSAP for part-time students, from eligibility and application requirements to how you will receive your OSAP aid.

Part-time OSAP is open to any Ontario resident who is a:

  • Canadian citizen
  • permanent resident
  • protected person

When determining if you're eligible for part-time funding, the government considers:

  • the school you attend/will attend (a school needs to be an OSAP-approved school).
  • program of study (the program must be approved for OSAP funding).
  • length of study period (minimum four weeks).
  • academic progress (if you’ve had previous part-time OSAP funding).
  • number of courses you are taking per term (e.g. part-time OSAP is for students taking one or two courses per term; one course equals a 20 per cent course load).
  • tuition, compulsory, textbook, travel, and if applicable, childcare (e.g. daycare) expenses.
  • your financial earnings.

Apply 8 to 10 weeks prior to the start of the study period. Note: You apply for part-time OSAP one term at a time.

Remember, there are submission deadlines for both the online application and the required documentation.

  • Part-time application deadline: Submit your OSAP application no later than seven weeks before the end of your study period.
  • Required documentation deadline: The Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office must receive your required documents (e.g. proof of income or letter of explanation of your financial situation, etc.), no later than seven weeks before the end of your study period.

It's important to be accurate when completing your online application. Any changes you need to make after you submit your application must be done in person or via email through the SAFA office.

Step 1: Apply

Follow these steps to apply online:

  1. Go to the OSAP application website.
  2. Log in or register for an OSAP Access Number (OAN) and password.
  3. Select the correct academic year.
  4. Select the part-time student application.
  5. Fill out the application.
  6. Submit the application online.

Step 2: Gather all supporting documents

  1. Print your personalized forms, such as your declaration and signature page. Sign and date the form.
  2. If you have a spouse, print their declaration and signature page and have them sign and date the form.
  3. Gather your required documentation, as listed on your OSAP account.
  4. Mail, email or deliver in person the required documents to the SAFA office (email to connect@uoit.ca).

You can ask OSAP to mail your declaration pages to you, but it’s faster to print them yourself.

Online

When a change is made, it takes approximately 48 hours to update your status online.

You can receive an email reminder to let you know:

  • A change has been made.
  • Information is incomplete.
  • How much money you’ve qualified for.

Paper

If you requested paper notifications from OSAP, it could take a few weeks to reach you—online is faster. To change your preference for OSAP notifications, log in and update your profile information by selecting Email and Correspondence Options on the left navigation bar.

Smartphone

You can check the status of your OSAP application on your smartphone.

Step 3: Picking up your loan paperwork

Once your paper loan document has arrived and been processed by the SAFA office, you will be sent an email to your UOITnet email account advising you that it is ready for pick up from our office.  When you arrive, you will be given two documents by the SAFA office:

  • a part-time loan agreement form.
  • your part-time funding certificate.

You need to:

  • Read the terms and conditions.
  • Complete the two forms.
  • Sign and date them both.

Step 4: Processing your loan document to receive your OSAP funding

Option 1

Bring the paper loan document you picked up from the SAFA office to a designated Canada Post outlet (no envelope is required and there’s no mailing cost to pay); you must show two pieces of valid identification when dropping off your loan document at the designated Canada Post outlet:

    • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card or government document with your SIN number on it.
    • Your valid, government-issued photo ID.

The Canada Post outlet will stamp and remove COPY 2-Student, and give it to you for your records. They will send your certificate and loan agreement by courier to the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) within 24 hours of being dropped off (at no cost to you).

Option 2

If you choose to mail or courier your paper loan documents to the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) directly (at your own expense), be sure to enclose a photocopy of:

    • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card or government document with your SIN number on it.
    • Your valid, government-issued photo ID.

Note: Remove COPY 2-Student, and send the remaining copies intact to NSLSC. 

Step 5: Receiving my OSAP funding

Once the documentation reaches NSLSC and is processed by them, you will receive your funding in 7 to 10 business days, provided all documentation is completed in full and signed.

If a portion of your funding is being directed to the school to pay your outstanding tuition fees, it should appear on your tuition screen on MyCampus approximately two weeks after your loan agreement and funding certificate have been processed by NSLSC.  Remember to check your tuition account to see if you owe any additional tuition fees—you can wait until all your OSAP funding has arrived to make your payment.

Note: Review your loan document as some loan documents have two funding release dates—funding will be released on these dates.

Should have you any questions about your OSAP funding, please contact the SAFA office by phone at 905.721.3190 or by email at connect@uoit.ca

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