OSAP and Other Government Aid

OSAP

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government financial aid program that assists eligible Ontario residents attending university through a combination of loans and grants. Visit the OSAP website to learn more and apply for OSAP today: www.ontario.ca/osap

The 2022-23 OSAP application is available. Apply now on the OSAP website. For more information about OSAP at U of T, review our OSAP FAQs.

New! The Summer 2022 Full-Time OSAP Extension application is open! Apply as early as you can to ensure you receive your funding on time. The recommended deadline is March 31.

If you will receive Government Student Aid, you can find instructions to receive a Tuition Fee Deferral here.

Additional OSAP & Government Student Aid Resources


Provincial/Territorial Loan Programs

Responsibilities for Canadian (Outside of Ontario) students seeking financial aid:

  1. The ultimate responsibility of the student is to:
    1. Initiate financial aid with their home province; and
    2. Apply well in advance and prior to the start of the session with which they need financial aid funding.
  2. The student is responsible for following the deadlines, policies, and application steps of their home province.
  3. Students who have graduated, withdrawn from full-time studies, or leave their studies are responsible for repaying their student loans as stipulated by their loan lender.
  4. Students with previous Canadian Outside of Ontario loans pursing full-time studies are responsible for ensuring they submit a request for interest free status from a previous Canada Student loan and/or provincial loan. See the ‘Confirmation of Interest Free status’ section.
  5. As only the student may access their confidential financial aid file with their home province, should the home province require an application to be completed by the institution, the student is responsible for supplying the complete information to Enrolment Services. See ‘Institutional Requests’ section.
  6. Should the student change their academic course load and/or not pass their courses, the responsibility lies on the student to immediately report changes to both Enrolment Services and to their home province financial aid office.
  7. The student is responsible for following policies and deadlines, as published by the Student Accounts Office with regards to their student financial account on ACORN.

Enrolment Services role in administering the financial aid processing at U of T:

The Enrolment Services Office will assist Canadian Outside of Ontario students complete any Confirmation of Enrollment processing that the student requires so funding can be received. On occasion, a student may have need to initiate an appeal to their home province for their financial aid application.  Enrolment Services may assist with the appeals process in such cases.

Process:

Students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons may be eligible for financial assistance from their provincial or territorial governments.

If you will receive Government Student Aid, instructions to request a Tuition Fee Deferral are available on the UofT Fees website.

Program Eligibility:

Students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for financial assistance from their provincial governments.

List of ineligible programs for funding and UTAPS:

  • International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP) for Foreign-Trained Dentists
  • Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP)
  • Non-conjoint Toronto School of Theology Programs (TST students in conjoint programs are eligible to apply for OSAP)
  • All executive programs at the Rotman School of Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting – Faculty of Management
  • International Pharmacy Graduate Program (Canadian Pharmacy Skills) for individuals with foreign pharmacy degrees
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – additional qualification courses
  • School of Continuing Studies courses
  • Residency programs
  • Certificate in Environmental Management
  • Certificate in Renewable Energy
  • Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management
  • Certificate in Environmental Health
  • Certificate in Leadership in Higher Education
  • Internationally Trained Lawyers Program
  • National Committee on Accreditation at the Faculty of Law
  • Master of Mathematical Finance
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Any non-degree studies

Academic Terms within the Award Year:

Each award year comprises of three academic terms.  Each academic term is defined as:

Fall: September to December
Winter: January to April
Summer: May to August


Course Load Requirements: Full-Time Status

For financial aid applications, “Full-time” is defined as being registered in a minimum 60% course load in EACH term of study the student has requested funding/interest-free status (40% for students with a documented permanent disability).  See note below on Accessibility Services.

Please note that course loads are not averaged over terms. For example, if a student has applied/is receiving funding for the fall and winter terms, the student must remain enrolled in a 60% course load in the fall term and a 60% course load in the winter term (40% for students with Permanent Disability Status).

* Newfoundland and Labrador only – Full-time studies defined as follows:

  • Provincial: minimum 80% of a full-time course load
  • Federal: minimum 60% of a full-time course load

** Students with a permanent disability must establish permanent disability status with their home province. After establishing permanent disability with their home province, students may further contact the UofT Accessibility Services office to be set up with an advisor.  

*** Please note it is your responsibility to check the program length/number of study weeks requirement of your home province.

Fall/Winter Minimum Course Load Requirements: Full-Time Status

1)      Undergraduate: 

Undergraduate full-time students must remain enrolled in 1.5 credits/60% (1.0 credits if they have a permanent disability status registered with their home province) or more in EACH term they have requested funding/interest-free status. EXCEPTION: Please see Newfoundland and Labrador note above

2)   Graduate and Professional Degree:

For financial aid applications, graduate and professional program students must meet the minimum Full-Time course load defined by their program/Faculty

Summer Minimum Course Load Requirements: Full-Time Status

Undergraduate: 

  • If you are enrolled in courses from May to August: 1.5 credits (1.0 credits for students with a documented permanent disability with their home province) EXCEPTION: Please see Newfoundland and Labrador note above
  • If you are enrolled in courses from just May to June, or just July to August : 1.0 credits (0.5 credits for students with a documented permanent disability with their home province)

Graduate: For financial aid applications, graduate and professional program students must meet the minimum Full-Time course load defined by their program/faculty 

Minimum Course Load Requirements: Part Time Status

All students interested in financial aid applications who do not meet the above requirements are considered to be in part time studies. Students must contact their home province to determine whether they may be eligible to apply for a part time financial aid.


Withdrawals

Withdrawal from Full-Time Studies

To stay eligible for full-time loans and grants, students must remain registered in a full-time course load for the entire study period for which funding is received. The responsibility lies on the student to immediately notify Enrolment Services via can.oop.financialaid@utoronto.ca and their home province financial aid office if they drop below a full-time course load.  Please review the definition of a “full-time course load” above.

Withdrawal to below the minimum full-time course load or entirely from classes can impact the funding for the current study period/school year and future eligibility for student loans. Students should speak to their home province’s financial aid office and College Registrar’s Office prior to dropping course(s) to ensure they are aware of the funding and academic implications to a drop in course load.

Withdrawal from Part-Time Studies

For more information on maintaining eligibility for part-time loans and grants, students must contact their home province’s financial aid office. The responsibility lies on the student to immediately notify Enrolment Service and their home province financial aid office if they are no longer in a part-time course load.  Please review the definition of a “part-time course load” above. Withdrawal from part-time studies can impact the funding for the current study period/school year and future eligibility for student loans. Students should speak to their home province’s financial aid office and College Registrar’s Office prior to dropping course(s) to ensure they are aware of the academic implications to a drop in course load.


Timelines

Fall/Winter financial aid applications: Available from their home province around May of each year.

Summer financial aid applications: Students should contact their home province’s financial aid office several months prior to the start of the first day of Summer session classes to determine the process, eligibility and timeframes for applications.

Institutional Requests:

Students may have a paper document supplied by their home province with which the institution must provide program and tuition cost information.

Student’s Required Steps:

Summer session:

Paper forms: Please submit your paper form request through our new Out-of-Province Request Portal

BC students: Students who initiate a BC application are encouraged to submit the Appendix 3 via Studentaid BC online.

Fall/Winter session:

Paper forms: Please submit your paper form request through our new Out-of-Province Request Portal

Student Submission Deadlines:

Financial Aid applications: The deadline to submit a request for Enrolment Services to complete a form or online application required for your Canadian OOP financial aid application is 60 days prior to the end of term with which you are requesting funding from your home province.

Interest Free status applications:

Full-Time Students: The deadline to submit a request for Enrolment Services to complete a form or online application for your request for interest free status is 30 days before the end of your full-time study period

Alberta Part Time students only: The deadline to submit a request to complete a Form B for interest free status is 30 days before the end of your part time study period.

Note:  Enrolment Services will accept financial aid application requests after the deadlines above, as long as the student continues to be registered on ACORN within the study period. 

Applications submitted to Enrolment Services after the deadlines above are subject to the deadlines outlined by the student’s home province.  Students are responsible for applying early for financial aid applications.  As such, late application requests to Enrolment Services are not guaranteed to be completed by the required provincial deadlines.   See your home province financial aid website for information on provincial application deadlines.

Should there be issues that arise related to the processing of a late application request, the student will be contacted by Enrolment Services via email.

Institutional Timeline:

Enrolment Services receives the official tuition schedule and start and end dates of U of T programs prior to the start of the academic session.

Summer session: the timeframe the official tuition schedule is available is end of April.

Fall/Winter session: the timeframe the official tuition schedule is available is mid-July.

Once our office has this information, we can continue to process your request to provide program and tuition cost information to your home province.

Institutional Processing Timelines:

Summer session requests: Allow 3 weeks for a paper form or outside of Ontario provincial online request for program and tuition cost information to be processed by Enrolment Services.

Fall/Winter session requests: Once the official program cost and start and end date information is available in mid-July, students must allow 3 weeks for a paper form or outside of Ontario provincial online request to be completed. Confirmation of enrolment is completed by Enrolment Services within the first three weeks of class start date or within 3 weeks of request receipt whichever is later.

Important Note: Because Enrolment Services receives the official tuition and start/end date information for programs in mid-July, student requests to complete a confirmation of program and cost information prior to mid-July must expect a gap of time from their request date, until Enrolment Services can begin processing their file. 

Enrolment Services can only begin processing requests starting mid-July and will complete requests in date order received.


Tuition Fees Deferral Eligibility:

To qualify for a tuition deferral, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit a government student financial aid application to their home province/jurisdiction within Canada (e.g., StudentAid BC, Alberta Student Aid); and
  2. Demonstrate to Enrolment Services at the University of Toronto that they have been assessed by their home province within Canada for government student aid greater than $0; and
  3. Have paid all prior session fees.

Obligations of a Registered Student:

A student is registered as soon as they have paid tuition and incidental fees or have made appropriate arrangements to register without payment (e.g., tuition deferral). Students who defer fee payment are responsible for the payment of all charges, including any service charges that may be assessed. Registered students agree to abide by all academic and non-academic policies, rules, and regulations of the University and of their academic division, as set out in the divisional calendar. They are also responsible for ensuring the accuracy of information on their ACORN account, such as current mailing address, telephone number, and UTOR email address.

Additional Information:

  • Immediately after receiving their provincial government student aid in their Canadian bank account, students must pay at least the ‘Minimum Payment to Register’ amount on their invoice. Their government student aid will not be directed by their home province to the University to be applied to their tuition fees. If they are not eligible for financial aid, they remain responsible for paying their fees and must begin doing so as soon as they receive notification of refusal.
  • Residence payments cannot be deferred and the student is responsible for making payments by the deadline provided by their residence.

Steps to Activate ACORN Tuition Fee Deferral Eligibility:

Step 1: Follow the instructions listed below for your home province.

Step 2: Wait five (5) business days after following instructions.

Step 3: Log into your ACORN account and click the Tuition Fee Deferral button to officially request your fee deferral.

  • The Tuition Fee Deferral period normally starts in mid-July for the upcoming fall term, and in mid-April for the upcoming summer term.
  • Your eligibility for a Tuition Fee Deferral will be activated even if your form that was submitted to the Out of Province Portal has not yet been completed by the Enrolment Services Out-of-Province team.

If you have successfully deferred your fees, your registration status will show “Registered” for the upcoming session.

  • If you only applied for financial aid for the fall term only, you will only be eligible to apply for Tuition Fee Deferral for fall term.

If you are unable to successfully defer your fees during the tuition fee deferral period, ensure the following:

  • You meet the fee deferral eligibility requirements on the Student Accounts website
  • It has been at least five (5) business days since you followed the instructions based on your home jurisdiction, as noted below.
  • You have clicked the Tuition Fee Deferral button.
  • The tuition fee deferral period has started (mid-July for the fall term, and mid-April for the summer term).

If you have completed Step 3 and are still unable to defer your fees, please email us at can.oop.financialaid@utoronto.ca

Instructions for Submitting Forms to the University of Toronto Out-of-Province Request Portal, by Home Province/Jurisdiction

Students from British Columbia

Full-time Students: Submit your Appendix 3 through the online StudentAid BC Appendix 3 portal, or through the University of Toronto Out-of-Province Request Portal if you are submitting a paper Appendix 3 Request. Enrolment Services recommends that students use the online StudentAid BC Appendix 3 portal to submit their Appendix 3.

  • The Out-of-Province team monitors both portals and will be able to see your request. You are not required to email us to inform that you have submitted an Appendix 3.
  • Please submit only one request, either through the online Appendix 3 portal or through the U of T Out-of-Province portal.
  • Timeline for Appendix 3 completion: Allow three weeks after ACORN fees invoices are made available in mid-July for fall term, and in mid-April for summer term, for completion.

Proceed to Step 2 of the Tuition Fee Deferral process, even if Appendix 3 has not yet been completed by the Out-of-Province team.

Part-time Students: Submit your StudentAid BC Part-Time Studies Application through the University of Toronto Out-of-Province Request Portal.

  • The Out-of-Province team monitors the portal and will receive your application. You are not required to email us to inform that you have submitted your part-time application.
  • Timeline for completion: Allow three weeks after ACORN fees invoices are made available in mid-July for fall term, and in mid-April for summer term, for completion.

Proceed to Step 2 of the Tuition Fee Deferral process, even if application has not yet been completed by the Out-of-Province team.

Students from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon

Full-time Students and Part-time Students: Submit your program information form request through the University of Toronto Out-of-Province Request Portal.

These forms may include any of the following:

  • New Brunswick Request for Program Information
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Program Cost form
  • Northwest Territories Form D Student Enrolment Form
  • Prince Edward Island Academic Information for Educational Institutions
  • Quebec 1121 form
  • Saskatchewan Program Information Form
  • Yukon Program Information Form
  • The Out-of-Province team monitors the portal and will receive your request. You are not required to email us to inform that you have submitted your program information request.
  • Timeline for completion: Allow three weeks after ACORN fees invoices are made available in mid-July for fall term, and in mid-April for summer term, for completion.

Proceed to Step 2 of the Tuition Fee Deferral process, even if form has not yet been completed by the Out-of-Province team.

Students from Alberta, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia

Full-time Students: Submit your Government Student Funding Notice from your home province through the University of Toronto Out-of-Province Request Portal.

Your Government Student Funding Notice shows the amount of funding (loans and grants) that you are eligible to receive for the upcoming academic year or summer session:

  • Alberta – Award Letter
  • Manitoba – Notice of Assistance or screenshot of My Award Information section from your Manitoba Student Aid portal
  • Nova Scotia – screenshot a section of your Nova Scotia Student Aid portal that includes ALL of the following information: 1) study period dates; and 2) total assessed funding amount.

  • The Out-of-Province team monitors the portal and will receive your request. You are not required to email us to inform that you have submitted your Government Student Funding Notice request.

Proceed to Step 2 of the Tuition Fee Deferral process.


Receiving Your Funding & U of T Outstanding Balance

Students who receive Canadian Outside of Ontario financial aid loans from their home province can use the loan funds to pay the outstanding balance at U of T. Financial information may be viewed on ACORN under ‘Financial Account.’ See the ACORN How-to step-by-step guide.

Payment Instructions: See ‘Making Payments’ instructions on the Student Accounts website.


Continuation of Interest free status (CIFS)

Interest Free Status & Schedule 2 Request

For students who previously received loans from their home province and are presently registered as full-time or will be returning to full-time studies at U of T, may have their loans put in ‘interest free status.’

Alberta and Quebec students, who previously received loans from their home province and are presently registered as a part time student, may request interest free status for their previous part time loans.

Medical Residency students and Interest Free Status: Students completing their medical residency must contact their home province who will determine eligibility for interest free status for their previous loans.  If eligible for interest free status, the home province will state the process required to be initiated by the student.   Any required confirmations of registration to obtain interest free status must be submitted by the student to their home department at the University of Toronto.

Requesting Interest Free Status:

Students who no longer receive financial aid loans, but have returned to full-time studies status must request to have their full-time studies status reported for their previous loans. The table below describes the method with which you can request interest free status. This must be completed by you, the student by the ‘Student Submission Deadlines’ listed above.

Reminder: All students with a paper form for Continuation of Interest Free Status must upload the appropriate documentation to Enrolment Services via the Out-of-Province Request Portal. See full instructions above under ‘Student’s Required Steps.’

Province or territoryFederalProvincial
AlbertaNSLSC onlineForm B paper form
British ColumbiaNSLSC onlineNSLSC online
ManitobaNSLSC onlineConfirmation of Return to School Form
New BrunswickNSLSC onlineNSLSC online
Newfoundland and LabradorNSLSC onlineNSLSC online
Northwest TerritoriesN/AN/A
Nova ScotiaNSLSC onlineNSLSC online
NunavutN/AN/A
Prince Edward IslandNSLSC onlineConfirmation of Enrolment Form
QuebecN/AForm 2006 Paper - Full Time
SaskatchewanNSLSC onlineNSLSC online
YukonNSLSC onlineN/A

Exchange Studies Applications

Students must contact their home province well in advance of the exchange study period start date to determine whether they may be eligible to receive financial aid.


Contact Information

e-mail: can.oop.financialaid@utoronto.ca

Processing time for an e-mail response is 8 business days.