Eli Ridder | Report

An apparent delay across the board on Monday has occurred for those students depending on Ontario Student Assistance Program loans, with some at the University of Guelph-Humber worried about finances.

Several students expected to receive their loans and grants during the first week of January, according to their profiles on the OSAP website, but it takes three to five business days for everything to be processed.

Some of those enrolled for the Winter 2019 semester have posted on social media that they were anticipating their funds for textbooks and living expenses for the first day of classes.

The process of OSAP is that first the school confirms a student is enrolled, then notice is sent to the National Student Loans Service Centre before federal and provincial funding is sent to the student’s bank account.

On social media, several users have experienced delays at several points in the process of receiving their funds. When the NSLSC calculates the money, it automatically pays tuition, with leftovers headed to the student.

The Avro Post was told one such account where a student was told by the Ontario government he would receive the money on Jan. 2-4 but then had the time moved up last minute.

The Guelph-Humber student has been looking to receive his OSAP money since it did not deposit during the originally intended time on Jan. 2-4 early this year.

Most students were expecting their OSAP funds during that time period, but now many have had their scheduled deposit estimates moved to Jan. 9-11.

Laurier University said on Monday in response to a student inquiry on Twitter that all OSAP-based tuition has the entirety of January to be be received without penalty.

It is not clear whether the University of Guelph-Humber will do the same, as tuition is due on Jan. 11–the last day of the new estimated time of OSAP delivery for most students.

More details to follow. Image of OSAP from OSAP.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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