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

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
  • Blended learning part-time MBA
  • Students with a transitional, continuing or non-degree status
  • Students on co-op term(s) taking part-time courses
  • Master, Rehabilitation Science (online)

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!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Deadlines for undergraduate, graduate, MBA and Medicine students to submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application are approaching. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

OSAP peer-support sessions: We are now offering peer-support sessions every Tuesday from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in MUSC 213. Our student ambassador will be available to help current and incoming students with their 2018/19 OSAP applications. Learn more about our peer-support sessions.

2018 Schulich Leaders: Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Schulich Leaders Scholarships! Four students have received Canada’s most prestigious national STEM scholarships to attend McMaster. Learn more about the 2018 Schulich Leaders.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website as soon as possible.


Quick Links

Apply for OSAP

Register with NSLSC

Apply for McMaster AID



Important Dates

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