Video Transcript: How Do I Apply for OSAP?

So you made the decision to pursue postsecondary education, but you don’t know how to apply for financial aid. Follow these easy steps online to see what financial aid you may be eligible for. There is much more out there than you may think.
Check out the OSAP aid finder to find out what aid you can apply for and how much you could get. Explore the full list of OSAP programs on the A-Z list.
Fill out the online application. This process is quick, easy, and free. You’ll need information from your parents and your school as part of the application process.
Then, submit your application online or you can save it until your next visit. Remember to check if there are any deadlines and special notices.
When your application is received, it is reviewed to make sure all information is complete and verified and that you have all your supporting documents. You can check the status online or on your mobile device. It’s a good idea to do this to monitor progress and make sure everything’s on track.
How you receive your aid depends on what you qualify for. In most cases the funds are transferred directly to your bank account. In some cases, a cheque is sent directly to your house.
Still have questions? Your first point of contact for help with OSAP is the financial aid office at the school you’re applying to. Or, check out our frequently asked questions at Learn more about applying for OSAP on our website.

What’s New!

Indigenous Entrance Awards: McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Find out more about entrance scholarships for Indigenous students. Apply by July 15!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Students enrolled full-time for the spring and/or summer sessions can now submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website by June 30th, McMaster’s recommended deadline, if you require your funding in September.

Survey for Spring/Summer Part-Time Students: We want your input! Complete a three-minute survey to help us consider bursary options for funding part-time studies.

External Scholarships Page: Check out our new External Scholarships page for updated information on scholarships available through various companies/organizations.

Rhodes Scholarship Info Webinar: Missed the webinar? Lots of great information about the Rhodes application and experience is available in the webinar presentation (PDF)!


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