More information about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) can be found on the OSAP website.

Eligibility requirements for OSAP

OSAP is open to Ontario residents who are a:

  • Canadian citizen,
  • permanent resident, or
  • protected person

When determining your eligibility, the government considers:

  • your status (e.g., married or a dependent student)
  • program of study
  • course load
  • study period
  • satisfactory academic progress (OSAP)
  • educational expenses
  • you and your family’s financial contribution
  • your OSAP lifetime limit

Full-time or part-time OSAP status

Full-time OSAP status

  • Undergraduate students are considered full time by OSAP if:
    • They are enrolled in a minimum of 1.5 units for at least 12 weeks, or
    • They have an approved OSAP Disability Verification form on their OSAP profile and are enrolled in a minimum of 1.0 units for at least 12 weeks.
      • 1.0 units = 40%
      • 1.5 units = 60%
      • 2.0 units = 80%
      • 2.5 units (or more) = 100%
    • PD (professional development) and Professional Pilot courses are not counted towards course load. They are not eligible for OSAP funding.
  • Graduate students are considered full time by OSAP if:
    • They are registered as a full-time student for at least 12 weeks, or
    • They have an approved OSAP Disability Verification form on their OSAP profile and are enrolled as a part-time student for at least 12 weeks
    • Note: Graduate students may or may not be required to take courses as part of their degree; therefore graduate students are either full-time or part-time. A full-time graduate student would have a course load of 100% on the OSAP application. 

Part-time OSAP status

  • Undergraduate students are considered part time by OSAP if enrolled in less than 1.5 units for at least 4 weeks.
  • Graduate students are considered part time by OSAP if they are registered as a part-time student.

Information for full-time OSAP

Information for part-time OSAP

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Full-time OSAP 

  • Supporting documents received the week of Dec 5
  • Appeals received the week of Nov 28
  • W23 extensions received Dec 5