I've Applied For OSAP

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OSAP Application Processing Times

Depending on the time of the year, the processing of your application may take six to eight weeks. Check the status of your file by logging into the government OSAP website.

The government needs to confirm your registration status before it can release funds.

The first instalment of fall/winter OSAP funding should be available in early September if you completed your OSAP application and submitted all the required supporting documentation by the preceding June 30.

Because so many York students apply for OSAP during the peak summer months, if you do not submit the application, information and documentation by June 30 then you will receive your first OSAP instalment in October (at the earliest).

You may review all supporting documents submitted to York by checking the Financial Document Tracker

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Check to see if your document has arrived at York University's Student Financial Services office by logging into the Financial Document Tracker.

What affects my OSAP eligibility and funding?

The following may affect your OSAP eligibility and aid:
  • Dropping courses.
  • Dropping to part-time status during the year.
  • Withdrawing from your program.
  • Increases in your income, awards or other resources.
  • Reporting incorrect income information (student, parents or spouse) on your original application.
  • Receiving more OSAP aid than you were entitled to in two academic years.
  • Failing courses.

Academic Progress Standards

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.

What important changes should I report?

Once you submit your online OSAP application, you can no longer edit it.

But circumstances in your life may change before or during your study period, such as changes in income, marital status, family size, access to transportation, etc., meaning that the OSAP application information becomes outdated. You must then submit notice of these changes to York University's Student Financial Services.

Changes Can Affect Your Funding

Your OSAP aid entitlement is based on the number of courses in which you are enrolled. If you drop or change courses after you apply, it will affect your OSAP entitlement and may cause delays in receiving your funding.

If your income information changes after you submit your OSAP application, then your OSAP aid entitlement may be reassessed.

After you are assessed and receive a Part-Time Student Loan or grant during the summer session, you cannot be reassessed for full-time OSAP aid if you add more courses. This means that any tuition, fees, and book costs for those additional course(s) will not be considered.

How to report changes to OSAP application information.

Previous Loans

To keep your previous student loans interest-free while you continue your studies you must inform the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) or any other previous lender that you are a still registered as a full-time student.

To make your full-time status known to the NSLSC, on or after the first day of classes, you can either apply online or by submitting a paper form.

Applying online

  1. Log in to your OSAP account.
  2. Under Interest-free status, click Apply for interest-free status.
  3. Follow the instructions in the application.

Applying by submitting the paper form

  1. Download and print this Continuation of Interest-Free Status / Confirmation of Enrolment (Schedule 2) form.
  2. Complete Section 1 of the form. Sign and date it.
  3. Leave the form in the OSAP Documents drop box in the Bennett Centre for Student Services (open 24 hours) or fax it to 416-736-5386.

York University then checks your registration status and posts the update to your OSAP record. The information is sent electronically to the NSLSC and/or previous lenders.

The Continuation of Interest-Free Status form cannot be submitted or posted to your OSAP record before the first day or after the last day of your study period.