Applying for OSAP
The best way to apply for OSAP is online. The application is scheduled to be released mid-April for the upcoming academic year. You can also use a paper application, which is available to download at the above website in the “Forms” section.
There is no cost for applying for OSAP and you can apply before accepting the program as long as the OSAP application is posted at that time.
Step 1: Register online then apply
You are required to register to receive your OSAP Access Number (OAN) and to create a password. Keep you OAN and password safe as these numbers will be active for your lifetime.
Step 2: Complete the OSAP Application
Fill out the OSAP application. When your application is complete, hit submit and print all of your required supporting documents. Depending on your situation, supporting documents may include: personal, parental, or spousal signature pages, supporting document cover sheet and master student financial aid agreement.
For paper applications, submit your supporting documents directly to Student Financial Services in person or by mail.
- You must provide consent allowing us to release any information related to your OSAP file to any third party. Complete this section in your profile. We will not release information without your authorization.
- Parental income is considered for dependent students: those out of high school less than four years or those out of education completely for at least two calendar years.
- If the online search function does not locate your program you may manually enter your program information. We will then update your application with the relevant program information.
- Photocopy your documents for your records.
- If you experience difficulties with your application, or if you need to return at a later point to continue, you may save and exit your application online. We are available to answer any questions about the application process. You may speak to us in person or via telephone at 519-748-5220 ext. 3378.
Step 3: Forward documents to Student Financial Services
To submit your documentation, mail in or drop off your signature pages and all required supporting documents (except for the Master Student Financial Aid Agreement) to the Conestoga College Student Financial Services, 299 Doon Valley Dr., Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4. Faxed copies of any documents requiring your signature will not be accepted. You will be notified if any further documentation is required via email or mail.
Step 4: Take required documents to OSAP Designated Post Office
The Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) needs to be taken to a designated post office.
You need to take it in person with your SIN card (or proof of Social Insurance Number), government-issued photo ID, as well as your banking information. They will verify your ID and mail the document to the National Student Loans Service Centre on your behalf.
You do not need postage/envelopes. It is free to process your application at OSAP-designated post offices. You should only have to process this document once (not every year), as long as you do not have a break in studies for more than two years. OSAP funding will not be released without this document being processed properly.
Please note that the MSFAA takes two to four weeks to process so we recommend you submit it as early as possible.
Pay your Student Fee Invoice
- Under the “Financial” tab select the option for ”Program Fees Payment”.
- Your program statement will be displayed.
- Click ‘Submit’ if you are an OSAP student. By clicking submit on the bottom of the page, you are indicating that you have an open OSAP application and will be paying your tuition fees using OSAP funding (either directed to the school or your personal bank account).
Step 5: Confirmation of Enrolment
Conestoga College will confirm your enrolment for each OSAP payment. For most students this will happen at the beginning of their studies (e.g. September) and then again halfway through their study period (e.g. January).
For information about your OSAP payments and funding, log on to your OSAP account and select the “Check Status” section.
The deadline to apply for OSAP is 60 days prior to the end of your study period. Supporting documentation and/or appeal documentation must be submitted within 40 days prior to the end of your study period. Late submissions cannot be accepted.
You should apply for OSAP as early as possible to allow us time to ensure all supporting documentation is complete and submitted. We will also work through any appeals or reviews for which you may be eligible.
Reapplying for OSAP
You will need to reapply for OSAP each year if you require financial assistance. The application is updated every year and posted on the OSAP website around mid-April (for the next September-August period).