Maintaining Your Academic Progress
Students receiving OSAP must maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities’ policy. This means students are required to successfully complete the academic requirements of their program to continue to be eligible for OSAP. Frequent or multiple program switches, drops, withdrawals and/or repeats of programs that are funded by OSAP may also be considered lack of academic progress and direction.
Full-Time OSAP Academic Progress
The minimum Full-Time OSAP academic progress standards are:
- Undergraduate Students: you must remain in at least 1.5 credits per funded term. If funded for one term you must pass 1.5 credits. If funded for two terms you must pass 3.0 credits.
- Undergraduate Students with a Permanent Disability (PD), or Persistent or Prolonged Disability (PPD): you must remain in at least 1.0 credits per funded term. If funded for one term you must pass 1.0 credit. If funded for two terms you must pass 2.0 credits. Students with a PPD are eligible for federal funding only through OSAP (e.g., Canada Student Grant).
- Graduate Students: you must remain in full-time registration status or get confirmation from your coordinator (PDF) that you will be in a 60% course load (or 40% if you have a documented disability). You must successfully complete a 60% course load (or 40% if you have a documented disability) per funded term(s).
Academic probation is applied to your file if:
- you did not remain in the minimum course-load required by OSAP and/or you did not pass the minimum course-load for the OSAP funded term(s).
Academic restriction is applied to your file if:
- you did not remain in the minimum course-load required by OSAP, or you did not pass the minimum course-load for the OSAP funded term(s) for two consecutive years.
You will then be restricted from OSAP for a minimum of 12 months.
You may also be placed on academic probation or restriction if:
- you have a “Standing Deferred” (SDF) status for any courses due to deferred exam or course work. Once your grades are updated, upload a letter to your OSAP account under “Additional Documents” requesting a review. If these credits allow you to meet the OSAP minimum course load, your Academic Probation or Restriction may be removed.
- you frequently change program, repeat courses, or fail to advance in your degree.
- you take longer to complete your degree than the length of your program (plus one year). Students with documented disabilities are exempt from this policy.
Part-Time OSAP Academic Progress/Scholastic Standard
To maintain eligibility for Part-Time OSAP, a student must successfully complete all courses for which Part-Time OSAP was issued. Students who do not successfully complete all of their courses must self-fund and successfully complete one semester. Students must pass all of their courses to be considered to have successfully completed their self-funded semester and to be eligible for future Part-Time OSAP funding consideration.
- Transcripts showing successful completion of previous Part-Time studies.
- The student must provide transcripts for the most recent period that they received Part-Time OSAP funding. Official transcripts are not required for this documentation requirement.