OSAP Checklist

Prepare for the submission of your OSAP application by collecting the following information. Visit the OSAP website (opens new window) for more information about how OSAP works.

Please read about the Ministry's definition of a dependent student (opens new window).

Note: This definition is specific to the OSAP application for Full-Time students.

Your Personal Information

  • E-mail Address
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Month and year you last attended high school full-time
  • Cost of one trip home to your parents' home by the most economical means available i.e., bus.

Your Financial Information

Estimate of your total gross income from January to December 31st of the current year

Your total gross income from January of the current year to the start of your pre-study period.

  • If you finished high school in January, the start of your pre-study period would be May 15th.
  • If you finished high school in June, the start of your pre-study period would be July 1st.

Estimate of your total gross income expected in your pre-study period.

  • If you graduate high school in June, this would be July 1st of the current year to the start of classes in September of the current year.
  • If you finished being a full-time student prior to May, your pre-study period would be May 15th of the current year to the start of classes in September of the current year.

Estimate of your total gross income during your study period, September of the current year to April of the following year, if you will be registered in the fall and winter semesters.

  • Total amount of scholarship and bursary funding to be received during your study period.
  • Type and amount of government assistance (i.e., Orphans Benefits) to be received during your study period.
  • Total amount of your RRSPs.
  • Total amount of any other assets i.e., savings, bonds, term deposits, GICs etc.

Example of how to calculate/estimate study period income:

Hourly wage x number of hours worked per week x number of weeks in your study period = your study period estimate. It is important to note that your income is based on gross dollars (earnings before tax) and not net dollars (money you actually receive).

Note: Depending on when you complete the OSAP application, the same formula can be used to estimate your pre-study income:

Hourly wage x number of hours worked per week x number of weeks in your pre-study period = your pre-study period estimate.

Your Parental Information

Marital status - If parents are separated or divorced, the parent and step-parent with whom you currently live, or who last supported you, must complete the parental section and sign the declaration. If parents are in a common-law orsame sex relationship (Ministry policy states three years to be considered common-law), both must complete the application.

  • Social Insurance Numbers of both parents.
  • Total gross annual income for the most recent tax year (taken from line 150 of their Canadian Income Tax returns)
  • CPP contributions (lines 308 and 310)
  • Total tax payable (line 435)
  • E.I. premiums (line 312)
  • Birth date of each parent
  • Other income not included on the tax return, i.e. foreign income

If you are Married or in a Common-Law status, Spouse's or Partner's Information:

  • Social Insurance Number
  • Driver's License
  • Income information from the most recent Canadian Income Tax Return