Ontario Student Assistance Plan
The 2012/13 OSAP application is now available on line with the Ministry of Training for Colleges and Universities. Students are able to access OSAP information and submit an application through the OSAP portal (https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal).
OSAP is changing radically this year! The process of picking up and signing loan documents before each semester is coming to an end. Students will now receive their funding electronically to their bank account with the completion of the Master Student Financial Aid Agreement. The MSFAA is part of your regular OSAP application and should be submitted to a participating Canada Postal Outlet in your community. Further details regarding the changes to OSAP (including a list of Canada Postal Outlets) is available on the Student Awards website at www.wlu.ca/studentawards.
Also as part of this new electronic fund transfer, students may choose not to have the Student Awards Office deduct any outstanding tuition fees from their available loan funding. Note that if you choose not to have your fees automatically sent to Laurier, you will be required to pay any outstanding fall and winter semester fees by the due date specified by the Business Office on your invoices. If you are using OSAP to fund your university studies, it is in your best interest to allow the Student Awards Office to deduct your fees from your OSAP loans thereby avoiding interest and/or late charges. Note that interest and late charges may only be reversed on fees where OSAP loans will cover the entire cost of fees for the semester or the portion of fees being covered through OSAP loans.
We encourage students to submit the OSAP application and supporting documentation now in order to have their funding process by the start of the school year. Unfortunately, due to high volume of applications that are processed by the Student Awards Office, we cannot guarantee that funding will be available to students in early September if you apply after July 20, 2012.
Students will need their OSAP Access Number (OAN) along with their password to log into the OSAP website. Initially, students will sign in with their SIN/password combination to obtain their OAN - it is important that students write down their OAN for future access to their OSAP application. If you have lost or forgotten your OAN and password, visit your closest post secondary institution (remember to bring your social insurance card and government photo ID) to obtain your number and to reset your password.