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Financial aid and OSAP

Below are our most frequently asked questions about financial aid and OSAP:

  • Why hasn’t my OSAP been confirmed yet?

    Confirmation of enrolment will begin no sooner than 10 days before the start of classes for the upcoming semester. Your enrolment will be confirmed automatically as long as you meet the following criteria:

    • All required supporting documentation in your OSAP account has been submitted and approved.
    • Your program, course load and year of study indicated on your OSAP application match your school file.

    Once your enrolment has been confirmed, it typically takes 5 to 10 working days for your funding to be released.

  • What is the deadline to apply for OSAP?

    We recommend you apply for OSAP 8 to 10 weeks before the start of your study period. You can also apply before you are accepted into your program. The online application includes information about all of the OSAP deadlines. If you miss these deadlines, your application will not be processed.

    • Application deadline: Submit your OSAP application no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.
    • Required documentation deadline: The Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office must receive your required documents (e.g. proof of income, letter of explanation of your financial situation, signature pages) no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
    • Review deadline: The SAFA office must receive all OSAP appeals/review requests no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
  • How do I know if I have an OSAP deferment or am eligible for one?

    You can check your account detail by term on MyCampus to see your tuition fees. Then, check your OSAP account to see the amount of OSAP funding set to be distributed for the semester. If your OSAP funding is greater than your tuition, and you have submitted all required supporting documents, you do not need to take any further action—we will place a deferment on your account for you. If you have less OSAP funding than tuition, you will need to pay the difference by the payment deadline.

  • I applied for a bursary, but I haven’t heard back yet. What do I do?

    General bursary applications are available every semester. We only assess your bursary application for the current semester you are registered in.

    General bursary applications will begin to be assessed following the application deadline. This information can be found on MyCampus. Prior to this date, applications will not be assessed unless you are facing a financial emergency. 

    If you are experiencing a financial emergency, call us at 905.721.3190 to book an appointment with a financial aid officer.

  • How do I apply for bursary?

    To complete the bursary application, you must:

    1. Log in to MyCampus.
    2. Click on the Awards and Financial Aid tab.
    3. On the right-hand navigation bar, under Helpful Links, select Start my application.
    4. Click on Apply for Student Aid.
    5. Select your aid year and aid period from the drop-down menus and click Continue.
    6. Select your appropriate general bursary application from the drop-down menu.

    Award applications for the upcoming academic year will be posted on MyCampus toward the end of August. In the meantime, you can check out the Student Awards and Financial Aid website for information and criteria for awards that will become available.

  • I am considering dropping to part-time studies (one or two courses) for this semester, but my OSAP has already been released. What do I do?
    Contact Information and Client Services as soon as possible to discuss how dropping courses will affect your status with OSAP.
  • I withdrew from my courses and I see that my refund was sent to National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC). Why did I not receive the refund directly?

    If you withdraw from courses and receive either a full or partial refund for the dropped course(s), the refund must be sent back to the NSLSC to help pay back any funding that was released, for which you are no longer eligible. Make sure to register for an online NSLSC accountthis is where you can view the total amount of loan funding that has been released, as well as any payments that have been made.

  • I would like to take courses during the spring/summer term. How can I receive OSAP for this?

    If you will be studying full-time in the spring/summer semester (three or more courses over the entire semester) and you received full-time OSAP for the fall/winter semesters, you are eligible to complete an OSAP summer extension. This does not require a new online application. The OSAP extension form will be available on MyCampus under the Documents tab once you have registered for courses in April. Once complete, you can either scan and email the form to connect@ontariotechu.ca, or submit it in person to the Office of the Registrar.

    If you will be studying part-time in the spring/summer semester (one or two courses over the entire semester), you are eligible to apply for part-time OSAP by completing a new application online. Make sure to submit all required supporting documents to the Office of the Registrar in order to have your application assessed.


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