Summer OSAP Eligibility

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:

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 register as a full-time graduate student for your summer study period.

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

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 (incl. exam periods)
 Early Summer  May 7 – June 28, 2018
 Late Summer  July 3 – August 24, 2018
 Full Summer  May 7 – August 24, 2018

Note: If you are an undergraduate student who is 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 2017-18 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 2017-18 OSAP application online. Both processes are described below. Choose the one that applies to you.

A.  You received OSAP for the 2017-2018 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 2017-18 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.

Full Summer Study Period (May–August):
Submit your extension request and all required documents on or before July 15, 2018.

Early Summer Study Period (May–June):
Submit your extension request and all required documents on or before May 19, 2018.

Late Summer Study Period (July–August):
Submit your extension request and all required documents on or before July 15, 2018.

Any documents required to support your extension request must also be received by the Awards Office prior to the deadline.

B.  You did not receive OSAP for the 2017-2018 fall and/or winter terms:

You will need to complete an “OSAP Application for Full-Time Students” at 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 on or before June 25, 2018. Applications submitted after this date will not be processed.

Supporting Document Deadline:
Submit required supporting documents to the Awards Office on or before July 15, 2018. Documents received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

When you are asked to search for your program, search by Degree, not by Major (e.g. Arts, Science; not History, Biology) and be sure to select the Summer Session program (May to August).

Step 3. Monitor & Respond

A day or two 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.

Step 4. Track your OSAP application online

Track the progress of your summer OSAP application by signing into your OSAP account at On the My Applications page click on the “Check Status” link to the right of your summer application record to view your Check Status page. There you will find a list of outstanding items and a link to 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 automatically 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 will be unable to confirm your enrolment. In that case, we will contact you at your Carleton email address to attempt to resolve the issue. OSAP will not release your funding until the issue is resolved.

Remember to check your email account regularly for messages from the Awards office. 

Getting your Funds

OSAP will release your summer funding a day or two after we confirm your full-time summer enrolment.