To receive full-time OSAP assistance over the Summer Session you must meet all OSAP eligibility requirements You must also register in a summer course load that meets or exceeds OSAP’s minimum requirement for full-time study.

Minimum required course load:

If you are not registering in the minimum required course load, but are in a degree program, consider applying for Part-time OSAP.

Undergraduate students
You must register in a minimum of 1.5 credits in your summer study period. (The requirement is 1.0 credit if you are a student with a documented permanent disability.)

Graduate students
You must be designated as a full-time graduate student for your summer study period and register in at least 0.5 credits.

Tip: If you will be completing a summer co-op work term, you are considered a full-time summer student and are eligible for OSAP funding.

Application Process

Step 1.  Determine your Summer Study Period

Depending on your course registration, your summer study period will be one of the following:

OSAP Summer Study Period Study Start and End Dates (includes exam periods)
 Early Summer  May 4 – June 25, 2020
 Late Summer  July 2 – August 23, 2020
 Full Summer  May 4 – August 23, 2020

Tip: If you are registering for both Early Summer and Late Summer courses, you are registering for a Full Summer study period.

Step 2. Apply

How you apply for summer OSAP funding depends on whether or not you received full-time OSAP funding for the 2019-20 fall or winter terms. If you received funding for one or both of these terms, you can ask to have your existing OSAP application updated to include the summer session. If you did not, you will need to complete a new 2019-20 OSAP application online. Both processes are described below. Choose the one that applies to you.

A.  You received OSAP for the 2019-20 fall and/or winter terms

You will need to complete and submit an OSAP Summer Extension request on Carleton Central. Based on the information you provide, the Awards Office will update your existing 2019-20 OSAP application.

Visit our instructions page for a step-by-step guide on how to request a summer extension.

Extension Request Deadlines
Your deadline depends on your summer study period.

Early Summer Study Period (May–June)
Submit your extension request and all required documents on or before May 16, 2020.

Late Summer Study Period (July–August)
Submit your extension request and all required documents on or before August 3, 2020.

Full Summer Study Period (May–August)
Submit your extension request and all required documents on or before August 3, 2020.

Summer Co-op work term
The extension request application will ask you if you are in a co-operative education program and if you will be registering in a work-term. Answer yes to this question. If you will also be registering in a course during your work-term, indicate this as well when asked about courseload.

B.  You did not receive OSAP for the 2019-20 fall and/or winter terms:

You will need to complete a new full-time OSAP application at Ontario.ca/OSAP. You must also register for the Full Summer Session (May-August) to meet the minimum study period requirement for new applications.

Application Deadline:
Complete and submit your Full-Time OSAP application online before June 24, 2020. Applications submitted after this date will not be processed.

Supporting Document Deadline:
If you need to provide documents to support your application they will be listed on the Print/Upload page of your OSAP account. Review the document requirements carefully. When you have your documents ready, scan them and return to the Print/Upload page to upload them to your OSAP account.

Upload required supporting documents before August 3, 2020. Documents received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Tip: Search for your program by Degree, not by Major (e.g. Arts, Science; not History, Biology). Select the Summer Session program (May to August).

Step 3. Monitor & Respond

After you submit your application or extension request, begin monitoring your Carleton email account for important messages from the Awards Office. Continue to monitor your Carleton email account until your application is fully processed. Be sure to also log in to your OSAP account on a regular basis to review any unread messages in your message centre.

Step 4. Track your OSAP application online

Track the progress of your summer OSAP application by signing into your online OSAP account. Select “Go to my applications” and then click the “Check status of application” link under the “Universities in Ontario” heading. This will show the list of outstanding items and your Funding Summary. Use the Funding Summary to review your assessment details and plan your summer budget. The Funding Summary will also tell you when your summer OSAP funding is scheduled to be released.

Step 5. Getting your Funds and Paying Your Fees

Confirmation of Enrolment

A few days before your summer study period begins, OSAP will ask Carleton to confirm your full-time summer enrolment. At that point one of two things will happen:

Enrolment Confirmed
If your registration information (program, year, course-load) matches the information on your OSAP application, and nothing else is holding up your application (e.g. missing documents), we will confirm your enrolment and OSAP will release your funding.

Enrolment Not Confirmed
If your registration information (program, year, course-load) does not match the information on your OSAP application, or if there is a hold on your OSAP account, we won’t be able to confirm your enrolment. In that case, you must contact the Awards Office to resolve the issue.

Getting your Funds

If you are planning to pay your tuition and fees with OSAP, your payment due date can be extended so that it aligns with when your OSAP is released. This is called a payment deferral.

To receive a payment deferral your OSAP application must be fully processed and you must be approved for funding on or before the standard summer payment deadline of April 25.

If your OSAP application is on hold and you have not been approved for funding by the fee payment deadline, you will not receive a deferral and will be expected to meet the standard fee payment deadline. For more information about fee payment, contact Student Accounts.

Paying your Fees

OSAP funding is automatically redirected to your student account to pay down any outstanding fees. If your OSAP entitlement is greater than the amount owing on your student account, the additional funding will be deposited into the bank account that was indicated on your application.