Part-time OSAP is open to Ontario residents who:
- are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
- will be living in Ontario during their studies
- are enrolled in a part-time course load
- meet the income criteria as determined by OSAP
Apply for part-time OSAP
You can apply for part-time OSAP for one term at a time. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
Step 1: Log in to your OSAP account
- First time applicants will need to create an account and be assigned an Ontario Access Number (OAN). Keep this in a memorable place as you will need it each time you log in to the OSAP website.
Step 2: Complete the part-time OSAP application
- You will be asked to provide information about your program, residency, finances, and family (if applicable).
Step 3: Submit the application and supporting documents
- At the end of the application, click ‘Submit’ and review the list of required documents
- All applicants are required to submit the:
- Consents, Declarations and Signature pages
- Proof of income or explanation of financial situation if reporting $0 income
- Student Awards & Financial Aid (SAFA) at Waterloo will review all documents. Depending on the time of year, this may take up to 4-6 weeks.
Step 4: Loan certificate issued by the ministry
In order for your loan certificate to be issued:
- you must be fees arranged with Waterloo for the term in which you've applied to OSAP
- all program information on your application (including program, study period, course load, etc.) must match the data on Quest
- all supporting documents must be received and approved
Step 5: Pick up your loan certificate
- We will email you when your loan certificate is ready to be picked up
- Bring your government-issued photo ID and proof of social insurance number (i.e. SIN card, letter from Service Canada confirming SIN, or Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions)
Receive your OSAP funding
There is a new process for students to follow to have funds disbursed from a part-time funding certificate effective July 1, 2018.
After receiving your loan certificate, bring the following in a sealed envelop to any Canada Post outlet:
- Your completed Certificate of Eligibility Part-Time Student Loans and Grants
- Your signed Canada Student Financial Assistance Agreement for part-time students. Do not forget to attach a void cheque or enter your banking information
- Copies (do not send originals) of two pieces of appropriate identification (both sides). One of these pieces of identification must be proof of your Social Insurance Number (SIN).
- Retain Copy 2 of both documents for your records.
To send your documents, free of charge, to the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) provide the Canada Post Return Number to the Canada Post clerk: PR150936
If a student is unable to go to a Canada Post outlet, they can send their sealed envelope with appropriate postage attached to the National Student Loan Service Center at:
National Student Loan Service Centre
PO Box 4030
Missisauga, ON L5A 4M4