Roughly half of all Laurier students are granted government loans through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). OSAP provides interest-free loans and grants to students who meet the financial need criteria. Assistance is based on the gross family income, the size of the family and student resources.
OSAP applications can take up to eight weeks to process, so we recommend that your application and all required supporting documentation is submitted to the Student Awards office as early as possible (once you accept your offer of admission). You should apply by mid-July to allow for processing of documentation and to ensure that your funding will be available to you at the start of the fall semester.
The application for OSAP is available online.
First-time applicants are required to submit a Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA) to their nearest post office to have the funding electronically transferred to their account. Returning students who have already submitted an MSFAA may not need to resubmit this document if their banking information has not changed.
Students who have identified themselves as having a permanent disability on their OSAP application should follow up with the Accessible Learning Centre to ensure that they are considered for all appropriate available funding options. Connect with your disability consultant to learn about programs and next steps.
Lots of people work while they go to school. Laurier hires numerous students for work in almost every department on campus and our co-op program gives you the opportunity to gain work experience while earning a pay cheque.
The Laurier Work-Study Program provides students in financial need with on-campus part-time employment. About 75 positions are available annually and allow for a maximum earning of $2,000 per year for first- or second-year students, and $3,000 per year for third- and fourth-year students.
Waterloo and Brantford are also thriving communities with a diverse manufacturing base and healthy retail and service sectors. These are great areas for student employment, with plenty of opportunities close to campus.
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