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OSAP

What is the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)?

  • OSAP is needs-based financial assistance provided by the federal and provincial governments
  • Funding is made up of a combination of grants (funding that you do not have to pay back) and loans (funding that you do need to pay back)

How do I know if I'm able to apply for OSAP?

To be eligible to apply for OSAP, students must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
  • An Ontario resident
  • Enrolled full-time in a diploma or certificate program
    • Part-Time OSAP is also available for students studying at a reduced course load or in the Associate Diploma Veterinary Technology, Alternative Delivery program

How do I know if I am studying full-time?

  • At Ridgetown Campus, you are a full-time student if you are taking at least 60% or more of your course load (i.e. 4 out of 6 courses or more)
  • Students with documented permanent disabilities are considered full-time if they are taking a 40% or more of a course load (i.e. 3 out of 6 courses)

Part-Time OSAP

  • Available for students studying at a course load between 20% and 59% (ex. 2 or 3 courses out of 6 with no permanent disability status)
  • Applied to on a semesterly basis (ex. 1 application for the fall semester and 1 application for the winter semester)

Note: Students in the Veterinary Technology Alternative program are eligible for part-time OSAP in the fall and winter semesters and full-time OSAP in the summer semester

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications are completed online at ontario.ca/osap once the application opens for the year you are starting your studies in
  • The full-time application is expected to open in the Spring each year, and the part-time application in the early Summer
  • Students are encouraged to apply for OSAP at least 6-8 weeks before the start of the fall semester to avoid any delays

Application Deadlines

  • Full-Time OSAP: 60 days before the end of your study period
    • Supporting document and review submission deadline: 40 days before the end of your study period
  • Part-Time OSAP: 40 days before the end of your study period
    • Supporting document and review submission deadline: 40 days before the end of your study period

2020-2021 Full-Time OSAP Deadlines

Program Name Study Period Start Date Study Period End Date Application Deadline Supporting Document and Review Deadline
Agriculture (Yr 1 & 2) September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Environmental Management (Year 1) September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Environmental Management (Year 2) September 14, 2020 May 14, 2021 March 15, 2021 April 4, 2021
Equine Care & Management (Year 1) September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Equine Care & Management (Year 2) September 14, 2021 May 14, 2021 March 15, 2021 April 4, 2021
Horticulture (Year 1 & 2) September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Veterinary Technology Conventional (Year 1) September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Veterinary Technology Conventional (Year 2) September 14, 2021 May 28, 2021 March 29, 2021 April 18, 2021
Veterinary Office Administration September 14, 2020 May 14, 2021 March 15, 2021 April 4, 2021

Last Modified: April 5, 2021