As a component of the OSAP Application for Part-Time Students, the Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies provides grant aid to low-income students studying on a part-time basis.
Amount of Aid
Up to $1,200 for the current academic year
Who Can Get This Aid
High-need students who are taking from 20 to 59 percent of a full course load may get this aid. Your program of study must be at the postsecondary level (degree, diploma or certificate program).
How to Apply
Use the 2011-2012 OSAP Application for Part-Time Students. This application is available online and in paper format.
The deadline by which your financial aid office must receive your completed application and all required documents is based on the length of your study period:
- Study periods that are up to 20 weeks long: no later than 6 weeks prior to the end of your study period.
- Study Periods that are 21 weeks or longer: no later than 90 days prior to the end of your study period.
Documents You Need to Provide
You are required to print, sign and submit a declaration and signature page indicating that you have read and understood your rights and obligations. Your spouse (if applicable) will also have to sign their own declaration and signature page. If your funding application is for any school other than an Ontario public university or college, you must also print an OSAP for Part-Time Students Program Information Form. All of these documents are available to you once you submit your online part-time application.
You will also be required to provide documents to support the information that you provide on your application. When you complete an online application, the documentation that you must provide will be listed. All documentation must be received before OSAP can calculate your aid.
For details on how and when to provide the documents, go to Submitting your Application.
Information Your School Needs to Provide
Your school must provide information about your program and study period costs (e.g. tuition, books and equipment).
- If you are attending an Ontario public college or university, your financial aid office will provide your program and study period costs to the ministry electronically after you submit your application.
- If you are not attending an Ontario public college or university, you must print an OSAP for Part-Time Students Program Information form that you must send to your school for completion. This personalized program information form will be available for you to print from this website as soon as you submit your application. If you applied using the paper application, this form is included with your application.
What Happens After You Apply
Your required documents will be reviewed by your financial aid office. Once all required documents have been provided, your eligibility for each type of aid associated with your application will be determined. In the case of the OSAP Application for Part-Time Students, you will be considered for the following aid programs:
Once your eligibility has been determined, you will receive a letter from the ministry telling you the amount of aid you will be receiving from each of the aid programs listed above.
How to Check the Status of Your Application
- Information about your application is available on this website.
- Contact your financial aid office if you have any questions regarding the status of your application.
How to Find Out the Amount of Your Aid
You will receive a letter from the ministry regarding the amount of aid you have qualified to receive. Assessment results for your application will also be available on this website.
What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid
You must provide proof of your identity before any aid documents will be released to you.
How You Get Your Aid
If you are receiving a Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies, you will be given two documents from your financial aid office:
- Certificate of Eligibility Part-Time Student Loans and Grants, which is the document that indicates the amount of aid you will be receiving; and
- Canada Student Loan Agreement for Part-Time Students, in which you provide the contact and banking information required to negotiate your certificate.
Review both documents carefully and provide the information and signatures requested. You would then submit both documents to the NSLSC kiosk at your school or to a designated Canada Post outlet.
When You Get Your Aid
You cannot receive your Certificate of Eligibility Part-Time Student Loans and Grants until on/after your study period start date.
If you received notification indicating that you are eligible for a Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies and your study period has already started, please allow two to three weeks for your certificate to be received at your financial aid office.
- Your completed certificate must be received at the NSLSC within 30 days of the date entered on the document by your financial aid office.
- Your certificate must be received before the last day of the month of your study period end date printed on your document. If it is not, the certificate will be considered invalid and you will not have access to the amount of funds listed on it.
How A Change To Your Situation Affects Your Aid
Early Withdrawals and Changes in Eligibility
If you withdraw from studies or change from full- to part-time status within 30 calendar days of the first day of classes, the National Student Loans Service Centre will convert all or part of any Canada Student Grants that have been issued to you into a loan.
Furthermore, if a reassessment of your application determines that you are ineligible for previously issued Canada Student Grant(s), all or part of those grant(s) will be converted to a loan in accordance with the conditions stated on your Certificate of Eligibility.
For more information on Canada Student Grants and the conditions under which they may be converted to a loan, please contact the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC).
How To Stay Eligible For Future Aid
You must successfully complete all of the courses for which you received aid in order to remain eligible for future aid consideration; otherwise, you will have to successfully complete one semester of self-funded studies before you can be considered for this grant in the future.