Current students attending in Summer 2018, please apply to the 2017-2018 OSAP application.
Future students starting in Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring/Summer 2019 can begin the OSAP application. Please remember to complete it in May.
2017-2018 OSAP application process
Click here to apply: ontario.ca/osap
Returning students with a 2016-2017 OSAP application - see OSAP FAQs for information about OSAP.
How to get your OSAP funding for the 2017-2018 school year:
Follow these 4 easy steps to get your OSAP funding. For more information, visit the “Getting OSAP” section on the OSAP website.
Step 1: Submit your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA)
The lifetime student loan agreement is called the Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement, or MSFAA. This agreement is for full-time students only and for most students you only submit it once. Do not submit it to the Financial Aid Office. Instead:
Print, complete, and sign your MSFAA
After you submit your online OSAP Application for Full-Time Students, print your MSFAA. You can also ask the ministry to mail it to you, but we recommend that you print it yourself. If you applied for OSAP using a paper application, your MSFAA will be mailed to you. Read the terms and conditions, then complete and sign your MSFAA.
Take your MSFAA to a Canada Post Outlet
Take your MSFAA to a designated Canada Post Outlet right away (search here for a location near by). You don't have to wait for classes to begin. You may also take your MSFAA to a NSLSC kiosk, but they are only available at certain times of year. You must present the following two pieces of documentation to prove your identity:
- Proof of your Social Insurance Number (SIN):
- Your Social Insurance card
- An official Government of Canada document that contains your Social Insurance Number (e.g., a Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment, a Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions, or a Confirmation of Social Insurance Number from Service Canada)
- One piece of valid photo ID issued in Canada by the federal, provincial or territorial government. Examples of acceptable ID: Canadian passport, permanent resident or citizenship card, Ontario photo card, valid driver's licence or provincial health card with photo. (Student ID cards are not acceptable forms of photo ID.)
Note for students who can't go to a designated Canada Post outlet:
If you're not in Canada, or in a remote area, or don't have a designated Canada Post outlet nearby, you can mail page 1 of your MSFAA (with your signature on it) and photocopies of two pieces of government issued identification (see above identification requirements) to: National Student Loans Service Centre, PO Box 4030, Mississauga, ON L5A 4M4.
Step 2: Submit all required OSAP documents
All required documents listed at the end of your online OSAP application must be submitted to the Fanshawe College Financial Aid Office before any funding can be disbursed to you. For your personalized list of required documents, log on to your OSAP account on the OSAP website and go to the “View App Details” section.
Step 3: School confirms your enrolment
Your school must confirm your enrolment before your funding can be disbursed to you. This confirmation will happen for each disbursement. For most students, this will happen at the start of their studies (e.g., September) and then again halfway through their study period (e.g., January). For information about your disbursements and funding, log on to your OSAP account on the OSAP website and go to the “Check Status” section.
Step 4: Confirm your income
You must confirm your income before the release of your second disbursement, which is generally halfway through your study period (e.g., January). Instructions will be sent to you about a month before your second disbursement.
Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions about OSAP.
Helpful links and resources:
- OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)
- OSAP Educator FAQs
- National Student Loan Service Centre
- Government of Canada Student Financial Assistance