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Academic progress and OSAP eligibility

To remain eligible for OSAP aid, the government expects you to successfully complete and pass your courses. Frequent or multiple program switches, drops, withdrawals or repeats of programs funded by OSAP aid may be interpreted as signaling a lack of academic progress and direction.

The government's minimum requirement for academic progress is that you must pass at least 18 credits during the fall/winter session; if you are a student with a permanent disability, you must pass at least 12 credits during the fall/winter session.

If you take summer courses and apply for OSAP, your summer grades are also reviewed.

When fall/winter grades are posted, Student Financial Services reviews your academic progress and, based on government guidelines, issues warning or restriction letters in July. Summer grades are reviewed at the end of the summer.

You may be required to complete and submit an Academic Progress Explanation Letter.

The chart below lists the consequences for not meeting the government's minimum required academic progress while receiving OSAP aid:

Failing to meet academic progress standards for... ...means the student... ...and to fix that he or she:

1 period of study

Is placed on OSAP probation for 12 months (1 year) but remains eligible for OSAP aid.

Must succeed in all following academic periods to maintain OSAP eligibility.

2 periods of study

Loses OSAP eligibility for a minimum of 12 months (1 year).

Must maintain outstanding student loans in good standing with lending institution during the 12-month period.

3 periods of study

Loses OSAP eligibility for a minimum of 36 months (3 years).

Must maintain outstanding student loans in good standing with lending institution during the 36-month period.

4 periods of study

Loses OSAP eligibility for a minimum of 60 months (5 years).

Must maintain outstanding student loans in good standing with lending institution during the 60-month period.

5 periods of study

Loses OSAP eligibility.

Must repay all outstanding student loans prior to obtaining new loans.