- Complete and submit the online OSAP application, identifying York University as your university. (*OSAP funds cannot be transferred from one school to another)
- Print the signature forms as required, and make sure that all signatures are included on the forms. (If even one signature is missing, the form will not be processed and your assessment and aid will be delayed)
- Attach any other required documentation to the signature forms.
- Submit the completed signature forms and supporting documentation to York University, preferably by June 30 for the next Fall/Winter session, to ensure that your funds are not delayed. You can place them in the drop box in the lobby of the Bennett Centre for Student Services (open 24 hours a day), or you can mail them to:
- Student Financial Services-York University Bennett Centre for Student Services 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3
To receive your OSAP, you are required to complete and submit a Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA). This is a lifetime loan agreement that will cover you for all the time you are in full-time postsecondary studies, and only needs to be completed ONCE. As soon as you have completed and submitted your online OSAP application, print your MSFAA, complete it, carefully read the instructions, and take it to any participating Canada Post outlet in your area. Your funding cannot be disbursed until you have done so. Also remember to keep a copy of your MSFAA for future reference. You can complete your online OSAP application at the Government website here.
When do you complete this form? As soon as you have completed and submitted your Fall/Winter 2015-16 online OSAP application, print your MSFAA, complete it, carefully read the instructions, and take it to any participating Canada Post outlet in your area. Your funding cannot be disbursed until you have done so. When the completed form is received by the NSLSC, they will electronically inform the government that it has been received.
How will this benefit you? Once classes begin in September, the government will ask York's Student Financial Services to confirm your registration status, which includes your program, the year level of your program that you are entering, and course load. Once this is done, and this will depend on how quickly you enrol in all your courses, the government will authorize the release of your OSAP funds for the first instalment (60% of your total award) – that is, to send a payment to York if you agreed to re-direct OSAP money on your OSAP application, and the rest will be deposited into your bank account, or send a cheque to you. This means that it is no longer necessary for students to come to the Bennett Centre to pick up a paper loan/grant certificate form.
What about your second OSAP instalment? Later in the fall term, around late November, the government will notify you to go online, check your personal income that you had provided on your OSAP application, and you will need to confirm or update the information. This step will be critical as the second OSAP instalment in the Winter term will not be issued until this is done.