Approximately half of all Laurier students are granted government loans through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). OSAP is a government-funded program which can help students pay for their postsecondary education through grants and loans. Assistance is based on multiple factors, some of which include gross family income, size of family and overall student resources.
Applying for Government Support
OSAP applications normally take six to eight weeks to process from the time all required documents are submitted. Please ensure that you submit your application and all required supporting documentation as early as possible (we recommend by early-July) to ensure that funding will be available for release at the start of the fall term.
First-time applicants are required to submit a Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) to a designated Canada Post outlet along with the required identification and banking information.
Students who have identified themselves as having a permanent disability on their OSAP application should follow up with the Accessible Learning Centre to ensure that they are considered for all appropriate available funding options. Connect with your disability consultant to learn about programs and next steps.
Many individuals work while they go to school. Laurier hires numerous students for work in almost every department on campus and our co-op program gives you the opportunity to gain work experience while earning a pay cheque.
The Laurier Work-Study Program provides students in financial need with on-campus part-time employment opportunities. Applications for the program are available early-September with an application deadline of mid-September. About 75 employment opportunities are available annually through this program. Students can earn up to $3,000 per year while gaining practical work experience on campus.
Waterloo and Brantford are also thriving communities with a diverse manufacturing base and healthy retail and service sectors. These are great areas for student employment, with plenty of opportunities close to campus.
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