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Students can now select a summer study period when completing a 2020-21 OSAP application for full-time students on the OSAP website. Most students will apply for summer OSAP this way. The summer application deadline is June 26, 2021.

If you received full-time OSAP funding for one or both terms of the regular academic year (September–April), you can apply for summer funding for just the early summer session (May–June), or just the late summer session (JulyAugust). You cannot select these study periods on the OSAP website. If you would like to do this, please email us for direction.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for OSAP, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person and meet Ontario’s provincial residency requirements for financial aid. You must also be enrolled in an OSAP approved program that leads to a degree, certificate, or diploma and meet OSAP’s minimum required course load.

Minimum required course load

To receive full-time funding for the summer term, you must register in a summer course load that meets or exceeds OSAP’s minimum requirement for full-time study. If your summer course load will not meet the minimum requirement, apply for part-time OSAP instead.

Graduate students

Graduate students must have full-time status for the summer study period and register in at least 0.5 credits. If you are a full-time graduate student, enter 100% as your percentage course load on the OSAP application.

Note: If you are a part-time graduate student with a documented permanent disability, you may be eligible to apply for OSAP as a full-time student. Contact the Awards Office to determine how to proceed.

Undergraduate students

Undergrads must register in a minimum of 1.5 credits in the summer study period (or 1.0 credits if you are a student with a documented permanent disability). The OSAP application asks you to report your summer course load as a percentage of a full course load, so you will need to convert your summer course load in credits to a percentage course load.

Summer Course Load in Credits  (Undergraduate Students) OSAP Percentage
1.0 Credits
(for students with a confirmed permanent disability)
1.5 Credits 60%
2.0 Credits 80%
2.5 Credits or more 100%
Co-op Work Term 100%

Application Instructions

Most students will apply for summer OSAP by completing a 2020-2021 OSAP application on the OSAP website for the full-summer study period (May–August). Here’s how:

Step 1 – Start a new Full-time OSAP application.

Log into your OSAP account and start a new full-time OSAP application. When you are asked when your classes start, select May 2021 and click next.

Screenshot of the OSAP 2020-21 full-time application page. Below the text "Ready to apply" is "When do your classes start?" The month and date columns are highlighted in yellow.

Step 2 – Select your program and study period

Use the program search function to find and select the correct program and study period for your application. Here are some tips to help you find what you are looking for quickly and with minimal fuss:

  • Use all of the optional filters to narrow your search results.
  • For your program name, enter a single keyword (or at most two) to identify your major (e.g. “History”, “Aerospace”, or “Art History”, “Political Science”)
  • Do not include “Summer” as a keyword in your program search.
  • Choose May as the month your program starts. This will limit the search results to summer study periods.
  • Using the program year and level of study filters will dramatically reduce the number of results returned.
  • Program year refers to your academic year standing.
Screenshot of the OSAP 2020-21 full-time application page. Accompanying text says "Step 1: Program search". The following columns are highlighted in yellow: program name, month your program starts, year of the program you're entering (e.g. year 1) and level of study (Bachelor's degree).

Limit your search results by using all optional filters.

Co-op study terms and work terms

If you are in the co-op stream of your program, choose the co-op study term option if you will be registering for a full-time course load over the summer. Choose the co-op work term option if you will be completing a work placement over the summer. If you will be completing a co-op work placement and taking a class, choose the work term option and send us an email so we can update your application to reflect your additional tuition and fee costs.

Screenshot of the OSAP 2020-21 full-time application page. Accompanying text says "Step 1: Select Program". Co-op study term and co-op work term options are highlighted in yellow and red respectively.

Regular study term, co-op study term, and co-op work term study periods.

Step 3 – Complete and submit application

Review your application carefully before you submit it. The application deadline is June 26, 2021, but you should aim to get your application in well before the summer term starts.

Step 4 – Upload required documentation

You may need to upload documents to support your application. If so, they will be listed on the Print/Upload page of your OSAP account. When you have them ready, scan them and return to the Print/Upload page to upload them to your OSAP account.

The supporting document deadline is July 16, 2021, but you should aim to get this done before summer classes get underway.

Step 5 – Monitor your application

After you submit your application, monitor your Carleton email account for important messages from the Awards Office. And be sure to log in to your OSAP account regularly too so you can check for unread messages in your OSAP Message Centre.