Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
The objective of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is to assist full-time and part-time students from lower and middle income families in meeting the costs of post-secondary education through a combination of federal and provincial grants and loans.
The purpose is to supplement, not replace, the financial resources that students (and their families, if applicable) are expected to contribute.
To apply for OSAP, learn when and how to receive OSAP funds, and how to maintain or repay OSAP loans, visit the OSAP website.
Eligible OCAD U programs
The following OCAD U Programs have been approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as being eligible for OSAP funding:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (all program major areas) (BFA)
- Bachelor of Design (all program major areas) (BDes)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual and Critical Studies (Honours BA)
- Associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design Diploma (all program major areas) (AOCAD)
- Post-Graduate Certificate (all areas, including the Florence Program Advanced Visual Studies Certificate)
- Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & Design (MA, MDes, MFA)
- Master of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice (MFA)
- Master of Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA)
- Master of Design in Inclusive Design (MDes)
- Master's in Digital Futures (MA, MDes, MFA)
- Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes). Please note that for the purposes of this master's level program, nine credit hours in one semester is considered a 60% courseload and therefore students can apply to the full-time OSAP program for funding for that semester. For students with permanent disabilities, six credit hours in one semester is considered a 40% courseload and students can apply to the full-time OSAP program for funding for that semester. Part-time funding is available if the full-time courseload requirement is not met.
The following OCAD U Program is NOT approved for OSAP funding by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities:
- Graduate Diploma in Digital Futures
2015/16 Fall/Winter application deadlines
Our recommended deadline to apply to ensure your funding is available in September is Friday, July 17, 2015. Applications normally take 4-6 weeks to process. Final deadlines are below.
For 2016 Summer Session Information, visit the Summer Assistance site.
Full-time Undergraduate OSAP final deadline to apply:
Fall only (1 term): October 20, 2015
Fall & Winter (2 terms): February 21, 2016
Winter only (1 term): February 21, 2016
Full-time Graduate OSAP final deadline to apply:
Fall only (1 term): October 9, 2015
Fall & Winter (2 terms): February 7, 2016
Winter only (1 term): February 7, 2016
Part-time Undergraduate OSAP final deadline to apply:
Fall only (1 term): November 6, 2015
Winter only (1 term): March 9, 2016
Part-time Graduate OSAP final deadline to apply:
Fall only (1 term): October 28, 2015
Winter only (1 term): February 26, 2016
Students receiving OSAP. In general, to avoid a late payment fee, you must:
1) Submit your application and all supporting documentation to the Financial Aid & Awards Office by July 17, 2015 for the Fall Semester and October 20, 2015 for the Winter Semester.
2) Opt to have OSAP funds directed to the school to pay tuition only
3) Pay any outstanding tuition balance (beyond what OSAP will cover) by September 16, 2015
for the Fall Semester or January 15, 2016 for the Winter Semester.
4) Be fully registered. If you have applied for full-time OSAP for two terms, you must be registered in at least 60% (or 40% for students with disabilities) of a full-time course load in both fall and winter terms in order for your OSAP Confirmation of Enrolment to be processed.
Confirmed students will receive their funding electronically to the bank account specified on their MSFAA (or to their student account, if directed) beginning in September (fall term) or beginning in January (winter term).
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at FinancialA@ocadu.ca.
OSAP has a number of appeals for students with special circumstances that are not recognized in the standard OSAP application. Please visit the Financial Aid & Awards Office in person to discuss your situation with an advisor.