OSAP Withdrawal and Repayment Information
OSAP’s definition of full-time studies may be different than your University of Toronto faculty’s definition of full-time studies.
OSAP requires that students maintain a course load of at least 60% in each semester (40% for students with permanent disabilities) in order to maintain eligibility for funding. For most undergraduate students this is 1.5 credits per semester (1.0 for students with disabilities). Course loads cannot be averaged over two semesters.
If you drop below 60% in a term, your OSAP will be recalculated. Your repayment will begin 6 months from the date of your reduction in course load. Your lender(s) will be notified of this change. It is your responsibility to set up a monthly repayment schedule with your lender(s) and ensure your address is up to date.
Registered as a Full-Time Student during the January Term?
If you withdrew in the fall term and will return to full-time studies in the winter term, you will need to submit a form and a letter of academic progress to be reconsidered for OSAP.
OSAP Reinstatement Form – Submit by
January 30, 2019 40 days before the last day of your academic year
In addition you will need to submit an Academic Progress letter using the format below:
Please note: your January installment will be reduced based on any calculated overpayments. Most students in this situation will receive very little or no additional OSAP funding.
Return to School and Place Your Loans in Interest-Free Status
If you return to school in at least 60% of a full-time course load (40% with a permanent disability) for at least 12 weeks, you can re-activate your interest-free status on outstanding Canada/Ontario Student Loans even if you do not take out additional loan funding.
Submit an online application for Continuation of Interest-Free Status form after classes begin. This application lets your lender know you are back in full-time studies.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
OSAP recipients must complete 60% of a full-time course load in each semester (40% for students with permanent disabilities). For most undergraduate students this means you must obtain at least 1.5 credits in each term you get OSAP funding for (1.0 credit per term for students with permanent disabilities). Failure to meet this expectation will lead to OSAP academic probation. Subsequent failure in a second academic year will lead to a loss of OSAP funding for a minimum of 12 months.
You will be assessed with an overpayment if OSAP determines that you received too much grant and/or loan funding at the end of the school year. Your OSAP grants could be converted to loans. You will be restricted from OSAP eligibility if you have three overpayments of $2,000 or more, or an overall overpayment total of $10,000 or more. Your notice from OSAP will tell you how much you need to repay. If your withdrawal results in a credit balance on your tuition and fees account, U of T may return some or all of this to OSAP to reduce the balance owing on your loans.
Unable to Repay Canada/Ontario Student Loans?
If you are unable to repay your student loans due to low income, lack of employment, illness or disability, you should investigate the Repayment Assistance Plan. Applications are available from the National Student Loans Service Centre, at 1-888-815-4514.
When does repayment start?
Six months from your end of full-time studies – assuming your lender has the most up to date information about your most recent study period. Should you complete your program earlier, your repayment begins six months from that date. Your lender will mail you repayment information just prior to the end of the six months.
Keep your contact information up to date
Make sure that your lender has your current email and mailing address. If they can’t reach you, you’ll miss important information about your student loan status.
- Update the National Student Loan Service Centre on their website or by calling 1-888-815-4514.
- Update your address with OSAP by logging into your OSAP account.
- Update your address with the University via ACORN.
How is interest charged?
OSAP loans are interest-free while you are in full-time studies. Once you leave full-time studies, interest is charged on your account, but you do not need to make payments for the first six months. You can choose to begin payment early. Repayment of the loans is “open” and you can increase payments at any time.
Most students who have borrowed from OSAP have both Canada and Ontario Student Loans. The floating interest rate for repayment is prime plus 2.5% for Canada Student Loans and prime plus 1% for Ontario Student Loans.
The OSAP website has more information about repayment.
Or you can contact your lender:
National Student Loan Service Centre: 1-888-815-4514
The NSLSC also offers a Webinar about student loan repayment that you can watch any time.
For OSAP loans borrowed prior to September 2001:
- CIBC National Student Centre: 1-800-563-2422
- Royal Bank Student Loan Centre: 1-800-363-3822
- Scotiabank (Bank of Nova Scotia) Student Loan Centre: 1-800-972-6842