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The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is based on financial need, which is determined by assessing your application. Educational costs and the resources OSAP expects you (and your family, if applicable) to contribute are taken into consideration.
Keep in mind OSAP’s purpose isn’t to supply all the assistance you may need to meet your educational and living costs. OSAP is there to supplement, not replace, the financial resources that you (and your family, if applicable) are expected to contribute.
You can apply directly online at ontario.ca/osap. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive a response from the Ministry to help you plan.
Am I Eligible?
To apply for any OSAP assistance, you have to be a fee-paying student attending Centennial College full or part-time in an approved program of study, and be considered a resident of Ontario. In addition, each plan also has its own particular requirements and qualifications. When you visit the Student Financial Aid office, we'll match you with the plans that meet your needs. You should apply for financial aid early (before June 1) to make sure funds are available when you start classes. For more information about Tuition, see Tuition Information.
Steps to apply for OSAP
Complete and submit your OSAP application, including all required OSAP documents and be eligible for OSAP.
Complete and submit your Master Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) to a designated Canada Postal outlet with your valid Social Insurance Card and your valid government photo identification (first year students only).
Pay and register in a full-time course of study.
Centennial will electronically confirm your full-time enrolment to the Ministry.
The Ministry will then electronically deposit your OSAP in your bank account. You’ll get a new confirmation each time fees are added.
New student identification requirements
It’s no longer a requirement for students to bring their Social Insurance Card for all student financial services. To support and protect student privacy, the Ministry requires proof of Social Insurance Number, accompanied by one piece of valid photo identification issued in Canada by the federal, provincial or a territorial government (See examples of acceptable ID listed below) for three scenarios:
- Retrieving OSAP Access Numbers (OAN) and resetting passwords.
- Release of Part-time OSAP loan documents.
- Validating the temporary SIN of protected persons.
For all other financial aid services, a student may present any two forms of identification, providing both are valid photo identification issued in Canada by the federal, provincial or territorial government.
Examples of acceptable ID are:
- Centennial College Student Card
- Valid driver’s license
- Provincial Health Card with photo
- BYID card (issued by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario
- Citizenship card
- Permanent residency card
- Ontario Photo Identification card
- Canadian Forces Identification card