Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Financial Aid

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government-sponsored program designed to act as a supplementary means for funding a student's educational costs where the parents, spouse, and student have demonstrated an inability to meet these costs.

OSAP is based on your financial need, not your grades.

With one application, you will be considered for non-repayable grants, as well as an OSAP loan. An individual assessment, based on information supplied by the student on an application form, determines what funds, if any, a student will receive from this program.

Only Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Protected Persons with Ontario residency are eligible to apply for OSAP assistance.

Application forms are available in early May online on the OSAP website, from the Student Financial Aid Office at each eligible post-secondary institution in Ontario and from the guidance offices of Ontario secondary schools. Students are encouraged to apply for OSAP at least three months prior to the beginning of classes. Additional information pertaining to the program is available on the Ministry website at http://osap.gov.on.ca.

OSAP Application Procedure

  • Complete online application at http://osap.gov.on.ca.
  • Submit signature pages and supporting documents (if applicable) to the Financial Aid Office, Room 166 or mail to Box 12. Students may also upload the images online through their OSAP web portal.
  • Submit your signed and completed Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) to a designated Canada Post Outlet right away (or to a NSLSC kiosk when available), along with proof of your identity:
    • Proof of your Social Insurance Number (SIN card, legible photocopy of SIN card, an official Government of Canada document e.g. Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions or a Confirmation of Social Insurance Number from Service Canada)
    • One piece of valid photo ID issued in Canada by the federal, provincial or territorial government (a legible photocopy of the front and back is acceptable). Examples of acceptable ID: Canada passport, permanent resident or citizenship card, Ontario photo card, valid driver's license or provincial health card with photo. Student ID cards are NOT acceptable forms of photo ID.
  • At the start of your studies (e.g. September), once you have a completed OSAP application, your school will confirm your enrolment before your funding can be disbursed to your account.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at:
519-972-2718 or

Financial Aid Office:
Room 166 (South)
Room 134 (Chatham)

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