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Part-Time Funding

Students enrolled in a 20%  50% course load may be eligible for part-time funding for educational costs through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Eligible students may apply for funding on a term-by-term basis by following the step-by-step application process

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for funding through the part-time OSAP program, you must meet the criteria below as well as certain residency and income requirements specified on the OSAP website:

  • Registered in an OSAP-approved degree program.
  • Previous OSAP loans must be in good standing (i.e. you have not defaulted on a student loan and/or you are not restricted from participating in financial aid programs).
  • You have maintained satisfactory academic progression requirements while receiving prior government financial aid.

Application Process

Course Load Changes

Any changes to the number of courses you are taking after you have submitted your part-time application will require that your application be adjusted and resubmitted with the correct course load and fee information to reassess your funding eligibility.   Ensure you notify the Financial Aid Office immediately if you change your course load after submitting your OSAP application by completing the Course Load Update Form.

Academic Progress Requirements

To remain eligible for future part-time OSAP funding, you must successfully complete all courses funded through part-time OSAP with a grade of a D or higher. If you do not successfully complete your part-time OSAP funded courses in a term, you must self-fund and successfully complete your courses for one part-time term before being eligible for further part-time OSAP funding.  

Note:  If you have previously received part-time OSAP funding (for a 50% course load or less), an unofficial transcript will be required as part of any new part-time OSAP applications to show successful completion of all courses from your previous part-time OSAP funded term.    All submitted documentation is reviewed in the date order received and may take 2-3 weeks for processing in peak periods.     If a previous term transcript is required on your application it is recommended that you pay your school fees to Laurier by your original invoice due date because previous term grades may not be available prior to the start of classes which could delay your assessment and release of funding.

OSAP Part-time Funding Release

Part time funding release each term begins after the first day of classes each term and may take up to 1-3 weeks for completion for all students with completed applications.  Confirmation of enrolment requires that you have submitted all required documents and you are enrolled in the same course load as indicated on your OSAP application.  If you have an outstanding balance on your Laurier student account when funding is released by OSAP, the OSAP funding will be automatically directed to pay your outstanding tuition and fees at Laurier at time of confirmation of your enrolment to OSAP.   Any remaining amount of OSAP funding available after your Laurier fees have been paid will go directly to your bank account. 

Please note:  If receiving an Ontario Part-time Tuition Grant this funding will be sent by cheque to the Laurier Financial Aid office for you to pick-up and this grant amount cannot be applied directly to your fees at Laurier.  An email will be sent to your MyLaurier email when this cheque is available for pick-up with instructions.

Review Paying Laurier Fees for additional information on how OSAP payments impact your Laurier student account.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all required information has been submitted to complete their OSAP application and to ensure all fees are paid each term.    

Maximum Part-time Canada Student Loan

Your outstanding Part-time Canada Student Loan balance cannot exceed $10,000 at any time. Once you have received this maximum amount, no further loan funding will be available.  It is important that you indicate the correct balance of current outstanding Part-time Canada Student Loan on your part-time OSAP application each term.  Funding release can be delayed if information provided on your application is incorrect.

Continuation of Interest Free Status for Previous Part-time Canada Student Loans

If you are enrolled in the current term as a part-time student (20-50% course load), repayment of your previous part-time loans will be placed on hold if you have:

  • a confirmed part-time OSAP application for the current term, or
  • completed a Canada Student Loans Program Confirmation of Enrolment online with the NSLSC On-Line Service

Note: If you have previous full-time loans and decide to attend school part-time (50% course load or less) you will be required to make payments on your full-time loans; however payments on your part-time loans will be deferred.

If you are enrolled in the current term as a full-time student (60% course load or higher, or 40% course load or higher for students registered with OSAP with a permanent disability), repayment of your previous part-time and full-time OSAP loans will be placed on hold if you have: