OSAP is available to eligible students in the form of an integrated student loan funded by the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada. These loans are interest-free while you are in full-time studies; repayment begins six months later. OSAP's objective is to help students meet the costs of post-secondary education, including tuition, books, supplies and basic living expenses. OSAP is not intended to supply all the funding to meet these costs. OSAP's purpose is to supplement, not to replace, the financial resources that you (and your family) are expected to contribute.
Student Access Guarantee
We will guarantee that any unmet need for tuition, books, and mandatory fees, as calculated by the Ministry through the OSAP system, will be provided to students seeking financial assistance. The University of Guelph has partnered with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, to support access to post-secondary education through the "Student Access Guarantee".
Important dates and deadlines to ensure that your student loan arrives for the start of your school year.
A list of acceptable forms of identification for OSAP applicants. Pursuant to the Ministry's policy- no exceptions to the identification requirements will be made!
You may or may not be eligible for OSAP based on your course-load, student status, program, academic progress and residency. Click to find out if you are eligible!
The Ontario Student Grant (OSG) is replacing the 30% off Ontario Tuition Grant in 2017-18.
Information on paying your tuition with OSAP loans.
An OSAP overpayment occurs when you received more OSAP funding that you are eligible for – this could happen when you change your course load, or fail to report all your income during the study period. Click here to find out how to repay an overpayment.
For students who have applied for OSAP, Student Financial Services will provide confirmation to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development of their registration in the appropriate number of courses (at least 60% of a full course load for full-time students) in the current semester.
Procedure for applying for interest-free status, for full-time students with previous OSAP loans that are not receiving a loan in the current study period (e.g. you're on a co-op work term).
The NSLSC is the banker for your student loans. They release your OSAP funding to you when you are in school. Once you leave full-time studies, you will make your student loan payments to the NSLSC. Visit the NSLSC website to set up an account and monitor and track your student loans.
NEW! on-demand webinar: View a recording of the repayment webinar at any time convenient for you.
OR, Sign up for a live webinar where you can chat with the NSLSC representative.
You can use a computer, tablet, iPhone or Android device.
Special assistance, OSAP, bursaries, and scholarship can be available for students with a permanent disability. Information on these programs can be found here.
Information for students studying outside of Ontario AND are applying for OSAP assistance.
OSOG is being replaced by the Ontario Student Grant (OSG) in 2017-18. OSOG is available to help students reduce their annual Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan by limiting student’s repayable debt. Find out our more information on the program and how you can verify your eligibility.
Have questions about the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)? Answers for parents and students can be found here.