Applying for Government Assistance

All Ontario residents are encouraged to submit an online application to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). We recommend that you fully complete your OSAP application at least 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the upcoming study period. Applying for OSAP as early as possible will ensure that you are aware of your financial responsibilities in advance of your first semester. The calculator tool on the OSAP website will give you an idea of your available funding for the academic year.

From the OSAP website, you will be able to monitor the progress and status of your application. You should check your OSAP account regularly to confirm that your required documents have been submitted correctly and that your funding will arrive in time for the start of the semester.

Do not report U of G scholarships or bursaries placed on your student account when completing the OSAP application. The University will do this for you so that we can minimize the impact of our awards to your OSAP funding. Please be aware that the amount of OSAP funding may change when awards are reported; if you find yourself in this situation and want a better understanding of your new OSAP assessment, make sure you reach out and contact our office.


If you are an out-of-province student, read more about out-of-province government assistance programs.


If you are a student from the United States, read more about U.S. student loan options.