Step 1- Start your online application
You'll need your social insurance number to register for your OSAP Access Number (OAN). You'll need an OAN to log in if you're a returning user.
Apply for OSAP as early as possible to allow enough time for processing of your application. You must submit an OSAP application for every school year that you want to receive funding.
School year starting September 2019, January or May 2020 – OSAP applications are available now.
School year starting September 2020 – OSAP applications expected to become available in Spring 2020.
Forgot your OSAP password?
Returning users can obtain a new password by visiting the financial assistance office at any public college or university. You'll need to bring your government-issued photo ID and social insurance number (SIN) card.
If you don't have a SIN card, you can provide proof of your SIN in the following ways:
- Photocopy of your SIN card
- Federal government document with your name and SIN (T4, T1 and T5 forms are NOT accepted)
Step 2- Submit required documentation
Required documentation will be listed once you have completed your online OSAP application.
Submit the following required documentation (based on your application) to the Financial Assistance office at George Brown College (in-person, by mail or via document upload link provided on the OSAP application):
- Declaration and signature pages,
- Supporting documentation specific to your file
Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA)
Students who must provide a Master Student Financial Aid Agreement (MSFAA), the "Required Documents" page will display the following information:
- Your 10-digit MSFAA number.
- Date when you can expect an email from the NSLSC with the URL address of the website (this email will be identified as: From: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Subject: Register now to set up your online account)
- where you'll complete the MSFAA online.
- Instructions on how to complete the online process.
Effective May 2018, there is a new 2 step process to complete your MSFAA.
- Step 1: Register online with the National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC) using your 10-digit MSFAA number
- Step 2: Complete the online MSFAA and accept the terms and conditions
The MSFAA must be completed and submitted electronically.
You can log on to the OSAP website to check the status of your application. Once all documentation has been processed your funding assessment will appear in your
Average timelines for document processing are typically 4-6 weeks, but this may vary during peak periods (August/September and December/January).
Please note: should changes in your status (personal, financial, academic) occur, this could impact the amount you are assessed for. Please contact the Financial Assistance Office at George Brown should your status change.
Step 4- Receiving your funding
If your OSAP application is complete and assessed to receive funding, OSAP will ask George Brown's Financial Assistance office to confirm your enrolment to release your funding. You may notice this as a status
on your OSAP application.
Your enrolment will be confirmed automatically after the start of the semester. You must be registered in a full-time course load (60 per cent or more, or 40 per cent or more for students with an OSAP-verified permanent disability)
for your funding to be released.
On the OSAP application, you were given the option to have OSAP send your funding directly to the college to pay for your tuition. If you selected this option, after your enrolment has been confirmed by the college a deposit from the National Student Loan Service Centre will be made into your student account at George Brown, available through Stu-View.
If you will be receiving your OSAP funding directly, it can take up to 10 business days, after your enrolment has been confirmed, to be deposited by the National Student Loan Service Centre in your bank account. If your expected installment has not been received by your bank in 10 business days after the date of your enrolment confirmation, please contact the National Student Loan Service Centre at 1-888-815-4514.
- Students in a one-semester study period (September – December only, January – April, only or May – August, only)
100 per cent of your funding will be released in one installment.
- Students in a two-semester study period (September – April, or January – August)
Your OSAP funding will be released in two installments. You'll receive 60 per cent at the beginning of your study period, and 40 per cent in your final semester.
- Students in a three-semester study period (September – August)
Your OSAP funding will be released in two installments – 60 per cent at the beginning of your study period and the remaining 40 percent in the winter semester.
Please check your status to verify your three-semester study period by logging in to your OSAP account.
If you need to extend your application for the summer semester please visit the Student Service Centre to obtain an OSAP study period extension form in March.
Step 5- Update your income
Before your second installment is released you will receive an email prompting you to log in to the OSAP website and complete an income update.