The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides loans and grants to help you come to university. If you’re taking 1.0 to 2.5 units a term, you can apply for Part-Time OSAP (1.0 to 1.5 units, if you have a disability)*. If you’re taking more courses than that, please apply for Full-Time OSAP.
When you apply for part-time OSAP, you’ll be considered for funding to help with your tuition, books, and fees - just make sure you have a plan to cover your living expenses. Also, note that you have to re-apply for part-time OSAP every semester (i.e. separate application for fall, winter, and spring/summer).
*NOTE: Graduate students in a part-time program, regardless of their course load, must apply for part-time OSAP, except for the following programs: Masters of Business Administration programs; Masters of Nursing programs; Masters of Computer Networks (Engineering); and Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Any graduate student in the programs above must apply for OSAP based on the number of courses taken per term.
Can I be full-time and part-time in the same year?
Yes! If you were, for example, taking 1.5 units in the Fall and 3.0 units in the Winter, you would submit two applications — one for Part-Time OSAP and one for Full-Time OSAP. If you have questions about the process, be sure to let us know.
For application deadlines, check out the Important Dates page.
At the end of your application, upload any required documents to your OSAP account.
Every student that applies for part-time OSAP is asked to submit proof of income. You will need to upload all four pages of your Notice of Assessment (NOA) provided by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) to meet this requirement. Your NOA should look something like this:
If you don't have a NOA, you can submit a Tax Return Information Form.
When your documents have been processed, your status will update online. It usually takes 3-6 weeks for your documents to process, with longer processing times at the start of term. Keep an eye on your OSAP Message Centre on your OSAP application - if we need anything else from you, we’ll be in touch.
When your paperwork has been processed, we’ll email you with an assessment and to let you know your loan is ready.
Starting in 2019/2020, our office will confirm your enrolment electronically and your funding will be released via online disbursement. Funding will be directed to cover any outstanding balance on your Ryerson student account (RAMSS) and the remaining funding (if any) will be directed to your bank account. Part-time paper loan certificates will no longer be required to receive funding.
Check your RAMSS account to make sure your OSAP shows up and to ensure your fees are paid by the deadline.
*IMPORTANT* Students must re-apply for part-time OSAP each semester (i.e. fall, winter, and spring/summer each require their own application)
The 2020-2021 Part-Time OSAP application will be available in the Spring of 2020.