ontario.ca/osap

  • OSAP is needs-based financial assistance provided by the federal and provincial governments
  • Made up of a combination of grants (funding that you do not have to pay back) and loans (funding that you do need to pay back)

OSAP Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for OSAP, students must be: 

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
  • An Ontario resident 
  • Enrolled full-time in a certificate or diploma program 

How do I know if I am studying full-time?

  • At Ridgetown Campus, you are a full-time student if you are taking at least 60% or more of your course load (ex. 4 out of 6 courses or more)
  • Students with documented permanent disabilities can be taking a 40% course load and still be considered full-time (ex. 3 out of 6 courses or more)

Part-Time OSAP

  • Available for students studying at a course load between 20% and 59% (ex. 2 or 3 courses out of 6 with no permanent disability status)
  • Applied to on a semesterly basis (ex. 1 application for the fall semester and 1 application for the winter semester)

Special Note: Students in the Veterinary Technology Alternative program are eligible for part-time OSAP in the fall and winter semesters and full-time OSAP in the summer semester

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications are completed online at ontario.ca/osap
  • Full-time OSAP is applied to every year (ex. if you're taking a two-year diploma you'll need to apply for OSAP before the start of each academic year)
  • Students are encouraged to apply for OSAP at least 6-8 weeks before the start of the fall semester to avoid any delays

Application Deadlines

  • Full-Time OSAP: 60 days before the end of your study period
    • Supporting document and review submission deadline: 40 days before the end of your study period
  • Part-Time OSAP: 40 days before the end of your study period
    • Supporting document and review submission deadline: 40 days before the end of your study period

2020-2021 Full-Time OSAP Deadlines

Program Name (Year 1 of 2) Study Period Start Date Study Period End Date Application Deadline Supporting Document and Review Deadline
Agriculture September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Environmental Management September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Equine Care and Management September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Horticulture September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Veterinary Technology (Conventional) September 14, 2020 April 17, 2021 February 16, 2021 March 8, 2021
Veterinary Office Administration September 14, 2020 May 14, 2021 March 15, 2021 April 4, 2021

Part-Time OSAP Deadlines: Fall 2020 Semester

Program Name (Year 1 of 3) Study Period Start Date Study Period End Date Application Deadline Supporting Document and Review Deadline
Veterinary Technology (Alternative) September 14, 2020 December 12, 2020 November 2, 2020 November 2, 2020