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.


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