Eligibility for OSAP
You may be eligible for OSAP if you meet all of the following criteria:
- Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person
- Ontario resident (have lived in Ontario for 12 months prior to commencing your post-secondary education). Please note that if you have lived in Canada for less than twelve months you may be eligible for OSAP under appeal.
- Enrolled in an OSAP-approved program.
- Maintained satisfactory academic progress
- Any previous government-issued student loans are in good standing
- Any previous loan overpayments or bursary overawards are cleared
You can submit multiple applications for different schools for the same study period. You cannot submit multiple applications for the same school. If you do end up applying to multiple schools, you will need to close the applications that you are not going to use as no funds will be issued until you only have one active account. You can close applications any time before funds are issued by logging on to your OSAP portal and closing the account yourself, or you can contact the Financial Aid Office and request the application be closed on your behalf.
If you are still unsure of what program you are interested in, contact the Conestoga College Career Centre to go over your options. Once you have narrowed your choices down to the programs in which you are most interested, you may contact the Financial Aid Office for the financial assistance details particular to each program.
A student may be eligible for Part-time OSAP if they meet with following criteria:
- Registered in an OSAP-eligible program. To determine if your program qualifies for OSAP, please email email@example.com with the subject line “Part-time OSAP”.
- Registered with a course load of between 20 to 59 per cent. If you are a student with a documented disability your required course load would be between 20 to 39 per cent.
- Student who is not currently receiving full-time OSAP funding
- Log on to the OSAP website https://osap.gov.on.ca
- If you have never applied for OSAP register as a new user
- Select Part-time application
- Complete application and submit
- Submit all required documents to Student Financial Services
- At this time, students are required to pay for their courses up front. You cannot defer your fees for part-time courses. For other payment arrangement details, go to: Admissions - Paying Your Fees.
- Funding certificates are picked up at the Student Financial Services and student is required to take them to a designated post office for processing. Your government-issued photo ID and Social Insurance Card (or equivalent proof of SIN)
Part-time or Full-time OSAP Application
OSAP classifies a student as full-time if they are taking at least 60 per cent of a full-time course load (40 per cent for students registered with a permanent disability).
If you are pursuing a full-time OSAP eligible program on a part-time basis (20 to 59 per cent course load), you may qualify for a Part-time Student Loan. If you have a permanent disability with a course load between 40 per cent and 59 per cent, it is usually better to apply for Full-time OSAP in order to maximize your grant funding. More information can be found at https://osap.gov.on.ca.
Determining Course Load
Most full-time students take a 100 per cent course load, as they enrol in all the courses offered for each level of the program. You may decide to not take certain courses if you have been exempted from them, are registered with a permanent disability or want a lighter course load, etc. You can estimate your course load on the OSAP application, as that can be adjusted later by our office.
For further clarification you would contact your program coordinator.