Who is eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)?

To be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), you must be a:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • Permanent resident; or
  • Protected person/convention refugee with a Protected Persons Status Document (PPSD).

If you are studying in Canada using a study permit (for example, foreign students), you are not eligible for OSAP. However, you might be eligible for financial assistance from your college or university.

You must also be a resident of Ontario. You must meet 1 of the following criteria to meet OSAP's Ontario residency requirements:

  • You have always resided in Ontario OR Ontario is the last province you resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student; or
  • If you are married or in a common-law relationship, your residency can also be based on the amount of time your spouse or common-law partner has lived in Ontario. Your spouse must have lived in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months up to the start of your current study period. Your spouse must not have been enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies during that 12-month period; or
  • If you are a "dependent student" for OSAP purposes, your residency can be based on the residency of your parent(s), step-parent, legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s). Your parent(s), step-parent, legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s) must have lived or maintained the family home in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months up to the start of your current study period.

If you do not meet OSAP's Ontario residency requirements you may still be eligible. You may have to provide a detailed explanation in your History of Canadian Residency form and submit the required documents that support your residency.

If you have lived in another province, you must contact that province's student assistance program.

In addition, your program must meet certain eligibility requirements. You can use this online calculator to help you see how much you may receive from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

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Last updated: July 13, 2016 4001161