Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that there may be recent changes to OSAP loan and grant amounts. For updated OSAP information click here and scroll to Maximum Assistance.

What is the address, telephone number, fax number, email address and hours of operation of Financial Aid Services?


OSAP

  1. How do I apply for OSAP?
  2. What is the telephone number for the National Student Loans Service Centre?
  3. How do I change my address?
  4. How do I obtain a new OSAP PIN?
  5. How do I check on the status of my OSAP application?
  6. How do I receive my second term OSAP funding?

Bursary


How do I apply for OSAP?

You can apply online by visiting the OSAP website.  Applying online is free and is usually available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


What is the telephone number for the National Student Loans Service Centre?

1-888-815-4514


How do I change my address?

If you want to change your address with OSAP, log on to the OSAP website.  To change your address log onto ACSIS at Algonquin College or contact the Registrar’s Office at 613-727-0002.


How do I obtain a new OSAP PIN?

To obtain a new PIN, you must obtain a ticket for service from the kiosk located to the right of our entrance at C225 with one piece of valid photo I.D. issued in Canada by the federal, provincial or territorial governments. Examples of acceptable ID are: a valid driver’s licence, passport, provincial health card with photo, permanent residency or citizenship card and your actual government-issued Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.) card or call us at 613-727-0002 for further information.


How do I check on the status of my OSAP application?

You can logon to the OSAP website to check the status of your application.


How do I receive my second term OSAP funding?

Students who have been assessed for OSAP for two terms receive 60% of their OSAP funds the first term. However, the second portion of your OSAP funds (40%) is only released to you after we confirm your eligibility for this funding.


What is a bursary?

A bursary is monetary funding that is awarded to a qualified student based on financial need.


How is a bursary different from a scholarship or a loan?

A bursary is awarded based on financial need, whereas a scholarship is awarded for highest grade point average.  Awards are based on merit, such as high marks , athletic skills or community involvement . Unlike loans, funds that are awarded through a bursary, award or scholarship do not need to be paid back.


Where do Algonquin College’s bursary funds come from?

Funding for the Algonquin College Bursary Program are provided by internal and external sources.

The College is indebted to the College Foundation and many external organizations and private individuals for their contribution to our bursary fund.  These external donors offer financial assistance to qualified students based on demonstrated financial need. 


How do I apply for a bursary?

Please complete a bursary application through your ACSIS account. If you are unable to apply though your ACSIS account please visit our office or email us at bursaries@algonquincollege.com.

Bursaries: Algonquin College Bursary Program is administered by Financial Aid and Student Awards, based on criteria defined by the donor. The main criterion when awarding bursaries is financial need.

External Bursaries:  The College is indebted to many external organizations and private individuals for their contribution to our bursary fund.  These external donors offer financial assistance to qualified students.  Students should check the External Bursary Program listing on this website for instructions at the following links:
External Bursary Program – open to all post-secondary students
Most of the external bursaries have deadlines and for most of the external bursaries you must apply directly to the donor organization. Any student who is registered in a post-secondary program can apply for a bursary.


How much can I receive in bursaries?

This depends on:

  • available bursary funds
  • requests received from other students for bursary assistance
  • your overall financial circumstances and total resources compared with your educational costs

The prime focus of bursary funding at Algonquin College is to assist the student with his/her basic educational-related costs. These include: fees, books, living expenses, transportation and childcare. Other expenses may be taken into consideration in special cases.


How am I notified about the bursary decision?

For bursaries administered by Financial Aid and Student Awards at Algonquin College students are notified by college e-mail of the bursary decision. The bursary is applied to your student account to be put towards your next semester tuition.  If you do not owe any money to Algonquin College, the bursary cheque can be issued to you.


Are part-time students bursary evaluation any differently than full-time students?

The evaluation criteria identified in the section ‘How much can I receive? applies to part-time students as well.  Students who are registered part-time usually have both lower educational costs and higher financial resources than students who are registered full-time.  They, therefore, have less need for bursary funding.


If I am an international student can I apply for bursary funds?

On behalf of Algonquin College’s International Educational Centre, Financial Aid and Student Awards administers three bursaries, the Kayote Modeste Bursary,  Tai Lang Liu and Linhai Tain Emergency Fund, and SA International Student Bursary, which is specifically designated for full-time international students who are in need of extra funds due to an emergency.

Please note that the amount awarded is very limited.