Written by: Billie Clark

I remember the first time I had to fill out the OSAP application form.  I was intimidated by the amount of black on that crisp white sheet, the certainty of the values that needed to be calculated and computed, the signatures and due dates.  Even more than that was the looming fear that one wrong move, and I was going to be audited or in debt or expelled—I have always been prone to overdramatics, but that’s how I felt at the time.

Luckily, my mom is used to forms and banking and me, so she kept a calm head, and managed to keep me on track, too.

Two years later, and I’m making huge changes to my OSAP application—I was about to study overseas, for a year.  My tuition was staying in Ontario, so I was still eligible for OSAP.  I’ve lost the overwhelming fear of catastrophe from small miscalculations, but am now fearing that too many mistakes will get me deported—theatrics are innate in me.

But mom is there, looking over my shoulder and helping me keep it together.

Now, I’m getting ready to have to apply for OSAP again—for a different program, a different degree, a different level of study, and a different income.  But I’m sure my mom will be there to help.

If you are worried about OSAP and financial aid, my story won’t be much help.  I completed four years of university with only one year of OSAP support, although I received scholarships and bursaries throughout my academic career.

The real people to talk to, if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to set your mind at ease, work for Trent University Financial Aid.  And they are coming to you!  There will be an OSAP and Financial Aid seminar hosted here, at TrentU Durham, from 6:30 to 7:30 on the evening of May 18.  For more information and to register, click here.

Money talks, so be sure to talk back!

Posted by billienikathleen

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