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How to apply

Be sure to apply for OSAP and submit any required documentation before the posted deadlines.
  • Step 1: Apply for OSAP and submit any supporting documentation

    Create a profile on the OSAP website and follow the steps to apply.

    You may be required to submit additional documentation when applying for OSAP. Submit your documents to the Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office, keeping all deadlines in mind.

    • Online: When you make changes, it takes approximately 48 hours to update your application. Track the status of your application online, and learn how much money you'll get and when.
    • Paper: If you requested paper notifications from OSAP, it could take a few weeks to reach you—online is faster. To change your preference for OSAP notifications, log in and update your profile information by selecting Email and Correspondence Options on the left navigation bar.
  • Step 2: Pick up your loan document from the SAFA office

    After submitting your OSAP application, as well as all required documentation, you will need to pick up loan documents. These loan documents need to be delivered to any Canada Post outlet in order for your funding to be released.

    Once your loan document is ready at our office, you will be notified via your student email account that it is ready for pickup. When you arrive, you will be given two documents by the SAFA office:

    • A part-time loan agreement form.
    • Your part-time funding certificate.

    You need to read the terms and conditions, and complete the two forms.

  • Step 3: Submit your loan document in order to receive your OSAP funding

    After picking up your loan document from the SAFA office, bring it to any Canada Post outlet to be delivered at no cost. You must show two pieces of valid identification when dropping off your loan document at the outlet:

      • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card or government document with your SIN on it.
      • Your valid, government-issued photo ID.

    Your loan document will be sent by courier to the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) within 24 hours of being dropped off.

  • Step 4: Check your OSAP account for updates

    You will receive your OSAP funding approximately 7 to 10 working days after your loan document is received and processed by the NSLSC.

    If a portion of your funding is being directed to the school to pay your outstanding tuition fees, it should appear on your tuition screen on MyCampus approximately two weeks after your loan agreement and funding certificate have been processed by the NSLSC.  Remember to check your tuition account to see if you owe any additional tuition fees—you can wait until all your OSAP funding has arrived to make your payment.

    Note: Review your loan document as some loan documents have two funding release dates—funding will be released on these dates.


If you have any questions about your OSAP funding, contact the SAFA office.