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?

Students enrolled in 20-59% of a full course load for their program. See OSAP’s definition of part-time studies. See below for list of programs ineligible for OSAP.

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 Number (SIN) 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
      • A picture of a SIN card is accepted, but a picture of a letter from Service Canada or other document is not accepted
  • Valid government photo ID card such as a driver’s licence, permanent resident card or Ontario photo ID card
  • 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)
  • Master, Finance
  • Master, Communication Management
  • Master, Executive MBA
  • PhD, Divinity (OSAP is offered through Divinity College)

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!


Course load calculator: Not sure about your course load percentage for OSAP? Check out our new guide on how to calculate it! Course load guide (non-Engineering). Engineering course load guide.

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