Understanding OSAP: Applying for OSAP

Posted by York & U on October 3, 2017

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Over the past two weeks, the #YUBlog team has been sharing our “Understanding OSAP” series to help guide York U students through the OSAP application process. As a student, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you apply for OSAP and submit all supporting documents and signatures on time to receive your funds by the start of term. If you will be applying for OSAP for the January 2018 term, read our overview of the application process and tips to avoid funding delays. If you missed the previous posts in our “Understanding OSAP” series, take a look at “Understanding OSAP: Before You Apply” and “Understanding OSAP: After You’ve Applied.”

Need a quick overview of the OSAP application process? Review York U’s OSAP information webpage.

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Schedule your OSAP-related deadlines into your agenda so you won’t forget them.

Step 1: Complete the OSAP application

To apply for OSAP and receive your funds at the beginning of term, register or login to your OSAP account online and submit an application for the university you will be attending before the deadline. Your OSAP application deadline is determined by the date your term will begin: if you will be starting courses in January 2018, the recommended date to submit your OSAP application is October 31, 2017. The deadline to apply for OSAP as a full-time student is 60 days before the study period end date. However, you should fill out your OSAP application as soon as you know that you will be attending York U for the following academic term to avoid funding delays. To learn more about OSAP deadlines, check out the OSAP Important Dates page.

The following table outlines the different OSAP application deadlines depending on your term start date.

Term start date: Recommended date to apply for OSAP
September June 30
January October 31
May March 31

Success tip: Before you apply for OSAP, check your eligibility using York’s course load calculator to determine whether you are a full-time student who is eligible for OSAP or a part-time student who may be eligible for the Part-time Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grant Program.

Step 2: Print and upload your signature forms

After you submit your OSAP application, you will need to scan and upload your signature forms to your OSAP online account.

Success tip: Make sure that all signatures are included on your OSAP forms. If even one signature is missing, that form will not be processed by OSAP and your assessment and aid will be delayed.

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Double-check your signature pages when you upload them on your OSAP account.

Step 3: Submit any other supporting documents

Once you have completed the first two steps in the application process, you will also need to submit any other supporting documentation before the deadline. The most efficient option for submitting your forms is to scan and upload your supporting documents to your OSAP account online. You can also submit your forms by using the drop box located in the lobby of the Bennett Centre for Student Services (open 24 hours a day) or by mailing them to:

Student Financial Services – York University
Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele ST, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3.

It is not necessary to see a Registrarial Services representative if you are simply dropping off documents. Everything will be reviewed and assessed in the order of the date it is received.

Step 4: Submit your MFSAA

Remember, first-time applicants also need to fill out the Master Student Financial Assistant Agreement (MSFAA), which outlines the terms, conditions and responsibilities of being a student borrower. You will need to submit this form by mail at any Canada Post outlet. Learn more about the MSFAA at CanLearn.ca. Do not send your MFSAA to York University; instead, find information about mailing your MFSAA on the OSAP website.

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Complete your Student Financial Profile to be eligible for financial aid opportunities at York U!

Success tip: If you are eligible to receive OSAP, you may qualify for other forms of financial aid at York U. You must complete your Student Financial Profile (SFP) to be considered for these funding opportunities. The Student Financial Profile is a multi-purpose online application form that is used to apply for scholarships, bursaries and on-campus employment programs such as Research at York (RAY), Work/Study, College Life at York (CLAY) and York Engaged Students (YES). You should complete your SFP at the start of each academic session (once for fall/winter and once for summer) to be assessed for these financial aid opportunities. The 2017-2018 SFP is now available, so complete your profile now.

Step 5: Check your status online

If you have reached this stage in the OSAP application process, all that’s left to do is to check your application status on your OSAP account. Check your account frequently to make sure OSAP does not require any additional information from you.

Figuring out how to finance your education can be challenging, but we’re here to help! To learn more about OSAP, check out the “Eight Steps for OSAP” page on York’s Student Financial Services website. To read the rest of our “Understanding OSAP” series, take a look at our posts “Understanding OSAP: Before You Apply” and “Understanding OSAP: After You’ve Applied.”

Do you have any tips for first-time OSAP applicants? Comment below or tweet us @YorkUstudents on Twitter.

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