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Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government funded program that assists eligible students to pay for their postsecondary education through grants and loans. In order to be considered, students need to apply for the funding on the Government of Ontario OSAP website.

Update for 2019/20 OSAP Applications

The Ontario government announced new changes to the OSAP program for the upcoming 2019/20 academic year on Jan. 17, 2019.  We anticipate this will change the amount of grant and/or loan funding you could receive this 2019-20 academic year in comparison to funding you may have received in previous academic years. 

To determine how this might affect you, complete your OSAP application and review your funding assessment  carefully to ensure you budget your resources for the academic year.    We anticipate funding assessments for Laurier applications will be released by the end of the first week in July.    


OSAP considers postsecondary education to be a shared investment among students, their families, the government and postsecondary institutions. Assistance is based on multiple factors and the amount of money you are eligible to receive depends on:

  • Education expenses: The amount of money you need for tuition, books, child care, personal living expenses (full-time students), supplies and equipment.
  • Course load: Whether you’re a full-time or part-time student and how many courses you are enrolled in each term.
  • Personal financial situation: Based on you and your family’s income, family size, dependants and other factors.

For further details on OSAP eligibility requirements, review full-time student funding and part-time student funding.

OSAP Status Updates

Monitor your application status regularly on your LORIS account and on your OSAP account.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure all required information has been submitted to complete the OSAP application process by the required deadlines.

  • OSAP status updates, including notice of course load errors, will be provided on LORIS under the 'Student Awards and Financial Aid' tab.  Select 'View My Student Aid/Funding' and then select the current 'Aid Year' and click on 'Continue' to view the status of your application.
  • Required documentation status will be indicated on your OSAP application.
  • Communication regarding missing information will be sent to your Laurier email account or through your OSAP Message Centre.