Ontario Student Assistant Program (OSAP)

What is OSAP?

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial assistance program funded by the provincial and federal governments. Eligible students can receive grants and loans to help them pay for postsecondary education. When you apply for OSAP, you're automatically considered for both grants and loans.

Apply for OSAP

OSAP deadlines

Full-time application deadlines:

Submit your full-time OSAP application no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

The Financial Aid and Awards Office must receive the following no later than 40 days before the end of your study period:

  • Supporting documentation (e.g., signature and declaration pages)
  • Request for review (if applicable)

2022–2023 academic year

Semester Deadline to apply Deadline to submit supporting documentation
Fall only
October 17, 2022
November 6, 2022
Fall and Winter
February 20, 2023
March 12, 2023
Winter only
February 20, 2023
March 12, 2023
Winter and Spring/Summer
June 19, 2023
July 9, 2023
Spring/Summer only
June 19, 2023
July 9, 2023
Spring/Summer – Compressed Session A
April 24, 2023
May 14, 2023

Part-time application deadlines:

Submit your part-time OSAP application no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

2022–2023 academic year

Semester Deadline to apply Deadline to submit supporting documentation
Fall only
November 6, 2022
November 6, 2022
Winter only
March 12, 2023
March 12, 2023
Spring/Summer only
July 9, 2023
July 9, 2023
Spring/Summer – Compressed Session A
May 14, 2023
May 14, 2023

Supporting document deadline:

The Financial Aid and Awards Office must receive the following no later than 40 days before the end of your study period:

  • Supporting documentation (e.g., signature and declaration pages, etc.)
  • Request for review (if applicable)

Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) deadlines

Full-time and part-time application deadlines:

Submit your BSWD application no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

Documentation deadlines:

Submit your BSWD documentation no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

2022–2023 academic year

Semester Deadline to apply Deadline to submit supporting documentation
Fall only
October 17, 2022
November 6, 2022
Fall and Winter
February 20, 2023
March 12, 2023
Winter only
February 20, 2023
March 12, 2023
Winter and Spring/Summer
June 19, 2023
July 9, 2023
Spring/Summer only
June 19, 2023
July 9, 2023

Your OSAP assessment

The OSAP assessment considers several factors, including:

  • Educational expenses such as tuition, books, supplies and equipment
  • Personal expenses such living costs
  • Resources such as family income and scholarships
  • Course load: OSAP considers full-time to be 60% or more of a full course load or 40% or more for students with a permanent disability; and considers part-time to be 20–59% of a full course load.

Additional funding may be available for students in special circumstances.

Find out the maximum amount of OSAP assistance that you can receive.

What to do after you apply

You can check the status of your OSAP application as soon as you submit it by logging in to your OSAP account.

Your OSAP account contains important information about your application, such as:

  • the status of your application/whether it has been processed
  • whether you need to provide any additional information or documents
  • how much OSAP assistance you're eligible to receive
  • when your OSAP assistance will be available

How to upload documents

Each document must be scanned separately.

For optimal quality, please follow the scanning instructions below:

  • Scan your document as a black and white
  • Select “TEXT” format option from your scanner
  • OPTIONAL: for “dpi” option, set it to 150 or 200

Steps to upload:

  1. Scan document and create PDF file
  2. Click "Upload" for the corresponding document
  3. Using the "Browse" button, locate your PDF file
  4. Select the file and click "Open"

Notes:

  • The uploading function will only work with PDF file format
  • The file can’t be more than 2MB in size

Declaration and Signature pages

  • All four (4) pages must be scanned and uploaded.
  • For signing, please use dark blue or black ink.
  • Student, spousal and parent’s declaration and signature forms must be scanned separately and uploaded into their corresponding links.

Confirmation of enrolment

Confirmation of enrolment is an automated process that is done before the start of the term. If your application status indicates that a confirmation of enrolment is required after the start of term, please make sure you've submitted the following:

  • signature and declaration pages
  • online Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA)
  • any other documentation requested through your OSAP account

If all of these documents have been submitted and a confirmation of enrolment is still required, please contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office at any Sheridan campus:

  • Davis Campus (Brampton): Room B212I
  • Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga): Room A155
  • Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville): Room D100

Email: fin.aid@sheridancollege.ca

Phone or in-person: Join our QLess kiosk for support.

OSAP appeals

If your OSAP assessment is zero, or is insufficient to meet your needs (and you are not receiving the OSAP maximum amounts), please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office to review your application for possible appeals. Please note that there are limited appeal options available. Appeals may be made only after your application has been processed and completed by the Financial Aid and Awards Office and after the 10th day of classes.

Continuation of Interest-Free Status

If you’re in school full-time, have previous OSAP loans, and are not currently receiving OSAP, then you must make sure your OSAP loans are placed into interest-free status. When your loans are in interest-free status, you're not required to make loan payments.

Full-time OSAP recipients:

Complete a Continuation of Interest-Free Status (CIFS) form if you're currently studying full-time but NOT applying for OSAP and/or have not yet received your funding. This will ensure any previous OSAP loans remains interest-free.

Part-time OSAP recipients:

Complete a Schedule 2 form if you're currently studying part-time but NOT applying for OSAP and/or have not yet received your funding. This will ensure any previous OSAP loans remains interest-free.

How to apply for Continuation of Interest-Free Status:

Log in to your OSAP account and complete the online application. You can monitor the status of your application online.

When to submit your application for Continuation of Interest-Free Status

The earliest you can apply is 15 days before the start of your study period.

Applications must be submitted no later than 21 days before the end of your study period.

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