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OSAP Academic Probation and Restriction
Note: This information is for full-time OSAP students only. Please refer to the Part-Time OSAP Academic Probation accordion for information related to part-time students.
As a full-time OSAP recipient, you are expected to maintain successful Academic Progress throughout your time on OSAP at Ryerson. OSAP Academic Progress is maintained by the following two conditions:
1) Completing a full-time course load
Students are required to successfully maintain and complete a full-time course load. OSAP does not look at your grade point average (GPA); OSAP Academic Progress is assessed on a pass/fail basis. OSAP Academic Progress is assessed across all terms a student receives full-time funding:
- If receiving OSAP for one term: Students must complete and pass three courses, or two courses if you have a permanent disability
- If receiving OSAP for two terms: Students must complete and pass six courses, or four courses if you have a permanent disability
- If receiving OSAP for three terms: Students must complete and pass nine courses, or six courses if you have a permanent disability
Please note that OSAP Academic Progress is a separate issue than Academic Probation at Ryerson. You can be in good standing at Ryerson with your program department and still not meet OSAP Academic Progress.
2) Continuing studies for the same program without interruption
You are also required to successfully progress through your program with no interruptions. The following actions are common examples which are considered a lack of OSAP Academic Progress:
- Multiple programs/institution changes
- Dropping to a part-time course load
- Withdrawing from a program
- Failing courses
- Taking “extra” years to complete a program (e.g. enrolling for a fifth year for a four-year program)
Failure to maintain Academic Progress will have you placed on OSAP Academic Probation. If you fail to achieve Academic Progress for two consecutive years, you will be placed on OSAP Academic Restriction.
During the first instance of failing to meet satisfactory Academic Progress, you are placed on OSAP Academic Probation for a minimum twelve months from the date of your incomplete Academic Progress status.
Once on OSAP Academic Probation, you are still eligible to apply for either part-time OSAP or full-time OSAP. To be considered for OSAP while on OSAP Academic Probation, you must submit an OSAP Acknowledgement of Academic Probation form with your OSAP application. This form can be found on the required documents page of your OSAP portal.
To be removed from your Academic Probation status, you must pass a full-time course load in the following academic year and not have any interruptions with your studies, as described in the introduction section above.
Please note: OSAP Academic Probation is a separate issue from Academic Probation at Ryerson. You can be in good standing with your program, and still not meet the requirements for OSAP Academic Progress.
You received full-time OSAP in the 2020/21 academic year.
- Fall 2020 term: You dropped to one course and passed the course
- Winter 2021 term: You enrolled in five courses and passed two out of five courses
As only three courses were completed over two terms, you would be placed on OSAP Academic Probation.
If you are unable to meet satisfactory OSAP Academic Progress for two consecutive years, your Probation status will be upgraded to Academic Restriction.
- You are placed on your first instance of OSAP Academic Probation starting May 2021 You will be on Academic Probation from May 2021-May 2022 (i.e. the 2021/22 academic year)
- You return to full-time studies and receive full-time OSAP for the fall 2021 and winter 2022 semester, which runs from September 2021-April 2022. You fail to maintain Academic Progress over these two terms (i.e. the 2021/22 academic year)
- You will be restricted from OSAP funding from April 2022 - April 2023 (i.e. for the 2022/23 year)
Once on Academic Restriction, you lose eligibility for both part-time AND full-time OSAP for a minimum of 12 months.
During the restriction time, you must maintain your previous loans in good standing.
- If you are still studying full-time, you must submit a Continuation of Interest Free Status (CIFS) application at the start of each study period.
- If you are not studying full-time, you must maintain your repayment schedule or apply for Repayment Assistance, external link, opens in new window via your NSLSC online account, external link, opens in new window.
After the restriction period has elapsed, you must submit an OSAP Academic Progress acknowledgment document with your next application for funding.
If you drop one or more courses during a term that you received part-time OSAP and/or do not pass all the courses you took while receiving part-time OSAP, you will be placed on part-time OSAP Academic Probation. Part-time OSAP Academic Probation requires you to self-fund for the next semester during which you apply for part-time OSAP and pass all the courses you take that semester.
Part-time OSAP Academic Probation does not have any impact on your full-time OSAP eligibility.
During the fall 2020 term, you receive part-time OSAP and then drop one course. You apply and receive full-time OSAP during the winter 2021 term. You then re-apply for part-time OSAP during the fall 2021 term - you will need to self-fund during the fall 2021 term.