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How to apply

Be sure to apply for OSAP and submit any required documentation before the posted deadlines.
  • Step 1: Apply online and gather any supporting documentation

    Create a profile on the OSAP website and follow the steps to apply.

    You may be required to submit additional documentation when applying for OSAP. Submit your documents to the Student Awards and Financial Aid office, keeping all deadlines in mind.

    • Online: When you make changes, it takes approximately 48 hours to update your application. Track the status of your application online, and learn how much money you'll get and when.
    • 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.
  • Step 2: Submit the Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement
    Your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) can only be completed online. The MSFAA only needs to be submitted once every 10 years—your OSAP application will state whether or not you need to submit it (in the required documentation section).
  • Step 3: Await enrolment confirmation and release of funds

    Ten days before the start of your study period, we will begin confirming completed OSAP files. Your OSAP application information must match the following information on your university record: 

    • program of study
    • year of study
    • course load percentage

    If the information on your OSAP application differs from your university record, contact the Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office in order to have it updated.

    If your information matches on both records, we can confirm your enrolment. You will receive your OSAP funding 7 to 10 working days after your file is confirmed.

    Your OSAP funding will be released by term. For example, if you are registered for both the fall and winter terms, your funding will be released in two instalments: 60 per cent in the fall term and 40 per cent in the winter term.


If you have any questions about your OSAP funding or possible OSAP appeals, contact the SAFA office.
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