Once you have determined the number of billing units you plan to take, you are also required to meeting the following criteria. You must:
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have protected person status; international students are ineligible.
- be an Ontario resident. This means that Ontario is the last province that you have lived in for at least 12 consecutive months without attending full-time postsecondary school.
- verify that your program is approved for OSAP. You can verify if your program is eligible by visiting the OSAP website.
- be neither in default on a previous OSAP student loan nor on OSAP restrictions.
- maintain satisfactory academic progress while receiving OSAP aid.
- have demonstrated financial need as calculated by the government. Gross family income as well as student resources and assets are taken into consideration.
Your OSAP eligibility may be affected by the following factors:
- 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.
- Failing courses.
In order to remain eligible for OSAP, the government expects you to successfully complete and pass your courses. Frequent or multiple program switches, course drops, withdrawals or repeats of courses funded by OSAP indicate a lack of academic progress and could result in academic probation or restrictions.
The government’s minimum requirement to maintain satisfactory academic progression throughout your studies means passing grades in at least 60% of your courses (40% for students with a Permanent Disability during one study period.