Ontario Student Assistance Program for Students Studying Part-Time (PT-OSAP)

The Basics

 What is OSAP for Part-Time Students?

  • Government loan and grant program for part-time students (20-59% course load)
  • Assists with educational expenses (tuition, fees, books)
  • Some transportation and child care expenses may be considered

Who is eligible for OSAP for Part-Time Students?

Visit the Part-Time Canada Student Loan (PTCSL) section of the OSAP site for eligibility requirements.

How do I apply?
Explore ‘Apply for OSAP’ for more information.

What is the deadline?
Check ‘Important Dates’ for deadlines.

How do I check my application status?

  • Visit the OSAP website to check the Message Centre and application status.
  • Check your McMaster email for communications from SFAS.

What do I need to pick-up my OSAP for Part-Time Students funding certificate?

Accepted Valid Government Photo ID

The following identification is required to pick-up your OSAP funding certificate:

  • Social Insurance Card or Proof of SIN
    • Letter from Service Canada
    • Federal government document displaying name and SIN
      • The Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada is no longer accepted at SFAS or Canada Post
  • Valid government photo id such as a driver’s licence
  • Student ID card
  • Direct deposit banking information for Canada Post

Students must pick-up their funding certificate prior to the end of the study period.


Ineligible for PT OSAP:

  • Course load over 59% in a term
  • Continuing education courses
  • Students with a transitional, continuing or non-degree status
  • Students on co-op term(s) taking part-time courses

Student’s Commitment

You need to do the following:

  • Enroll and pay tuition fees upfront
  • Undergraduate students apply term-by-term
  • Graduate students apply by academic year
  • Bring accepted, valid government photo ID to SFAS
  • Check your PT-OSAP status and Mosaic To Do List regularly
  • Submit proof of previous year income and all other documents to SFAS
  • Pick up your funding in-person by the last day of the study period
  • Tell SFAS about status, course load, and income changes right away
  • Successfully complete all funded courses

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)!


Quick Links

Apply for OSAP

Register with NSLSC

Apply for McMaster AID



Important Dates

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