Understanding OSAP: Summer Session

Posted by Elizabeth Naccarato on March 8, 2018


If you plan to enrol in courses for the 2018 summer session at York U, it’s time to start thinking about your OSAP application. Back in September 2017, the #YUBlog team created our “Understanding OSAP” series to help students understand the overall application process, covering what you should do before, during and after you apply. Well, we’re back with the final instalment of the series: understanding the summer OSAP process!

This application is similar to the fall/winter session process; however, it requires more detailed knowledge regarding the type of OSAP you will be applying for. Keep reading to learn how to successfully apply for summer OSAP!

Success tip: When applying for summer session OSAP, visit Student Financial Services’ “How to apply for OSAP aid for the summer session” webpage! The chart displayed will help you determine which application to use based on your total credits and length of your summer session.

Submit your summer session OSAP application as early as possible to allow for processing times.

Before Applying

  1. Know Which Application to Use

If you have received OSAP funding as a full-time student for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 session and are currently enrolled full-time for the summer session, you must complete the OSAP application for continuing students through the York U webpage.

If you have not received OSAP funding as a full-time student for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 session, you must be enrolled full-time in a minimum of 12 weeks or more and complete an OSAP application on the OSAP website.

  1. Calculating Course Load

Applying for summer session OSAP at York University is a little different from the fall/winter session in regard to your course load. For the fall/winter session, a total of 9 credits per term is required in order to apply for OSAP as a full-time student (e.g. a 60% course load) or 6 credits per term (e.g. a 40% course load) for students with a permanent disability. During the summer session, you are still required to take a 60% course load (or 40% if you a student with a permanent disability), but since the session is shorter in length, fewer credits are needed to constitute a full course load. For example, if you are studying for 11 weeks or less, at least 4.5 credits are needed to be eligible for summer session OSAP. If you are studying for 12 weeks or more, you will need to take at least 9 credits.

If you are a student with a permanent disability, you are required to enrol in a 40% course load for the summer session to qualify for OSAP as a full-time student. If you plan to study for 11 weeks or less, you will need to enrol in 3 credits to be eligible for summer session OSAP. If you are studying for 12 weeks or more, you will need to take at least 6 credits.

Make sure you correctly calculate your course load before applying for summer OSAP. Check out the Summer Session page on the York University website to see if you qualify for either full or part-time enrolment.

Enrolling in summer courses at York U? Be sure to calculate your course load to see if you are eligible for OSAP for the summer session.
  1. Enrolment

Enrolment constitutes another difference between the fall/winter and summer OSAP application process. Undergraduate students must enrol in summer session courses before submitting your OSAP application, because the OSAP entitlement will be affected by the specific courses in which you enrol. Graduate students can submit their application on or after March 7, 2018 even if they have not registered in their summer courses.

Submitting the Application

The submission process for summer session OSAP will follow the same guidelines as the fall/winter session process. To learn more about the different steps in the OSAP application process, check out the #YUBlog post, “Understanding OSAP: Applying for OSAP.”

Take a look at the #YUBlog’s “Understanding OSAP” series to learn more about the application process.
  1. Know the Deadlines

Instead of simply having one deadline for all applicants, the summer session has a few different OSAP deadlines for different students. If you will be participating in 12 weeks or more of summer courses and applied for full-time OSAP funding for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 session, the deadline to submit your OSAP application is June 30, 2018. However, graduate students in the Schulich School of Business who applied for full-time OSAP funding in the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 session must submit their summer OSAP application by April 16, 2018.

If you are a student participating in 12 weeks or more of the 2018 summer session but did not receive full-time OSAP funding for the fall/winter 2017-2018 session, you must meet the deadline of June 11, 2018 for the study period ending August 10, 2018.

If you have received OSAP funding as a full-time student for the fall/winter 2017-2018 session and you are participating in 11 weeks or fewer in the summer 2018 session, you must complete the OSAP application for continuing students and submit the supporting documents three weeks before the first day summer classes begin. For more information about which deadlines, check out the York U OSAP website.

  1. Application Processing Timelines 

OSAP application processing for the summer session usually takes four to six weeks from the date you submit. However, if you miss your deadline and do not submit all the supporting documents on time, the process may be delayed. Because the summer session is short, your time to access summer OSAP funding is limited. The government will not issue any OSAP funds within the last 10 days of your summer study period end date. Therefore, it is very important to submit accurate and complete applications on time.

Labour Negotiation Update and Summer Session OSAP

Due to the current labour disruption at York U, some students may have questions about the 2018 summer session schedule and OSAP application process. As of this time, summer session dates are anticipated to proceed as scheduled. Please check the Labour Negotiation Update website frequently for information regarding the labour disruption. Student Financial Services is also continuing to process OSAP application forms, confirm your registration status and requesting your OSAP funds to be released based on your current full-time registration status. If you’re planning to register in courses and need to apply for financial aid, complete the summer OSAP application as soon as possible to ensure that your funds are available when classes begin.

For information about eligibility and the summer OSAP application, visit the OSAP website.

Elizabeth Naccarato
Elizabeth Naccarato

Elizabeth is a fourth-year Professional Writing major at York U. She enjoys reading for pleasure (no textbooks please), a nice cup of coffee (but only iced) and being surrounded by good company. She hopes her blog posts will be helpful and inspiring to current and future York U students.

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