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 (e.g. SIN card, Notice of Assessment, or letter from Service Canada confirming SIN)
Receive your OSAP funding
After receiving your loan certificate:
- Complete the direct deposit information section on the loan certificate
- Take the loan certificate, along with your government-issued ID and proof of SIN, to a Canada Post outlet authorized for OSAP purposes (no postage or envelope required). Canada Post will verify the information and mail the loan certificate to the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC).
You will receive your funds approximately two weeks after taking the loan certificate to Canada Post.