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OSAP and fifth year of undergraduate studies

A photo of Rourachnitchai Rourachnitchai
So I've been thinking about taking a fifth year of university before going on to post-graduate studies. Will OSAP fund me to take a fifth year of studies instead of finishing my honours B.A in four years?
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A photo of theboydetective theboydetective

How long can I get OSAP?
For each program of study, students are eligible for OSAP for the number of periods of study normally specified by the institution for completion of that program, plus one additional period. (Period of study is currently defined as one academic year.) Periods of study that the student did not apply for or receive OSAP assistance are not included in this formula. There are also maximum lifetime limits for receiving Canada Student Loan and Ontario Student Loan funding.


http://www.fanshawec.ca/EN/financial/financial/31806/osap.asp

tl;dr: Yes
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how many years does it finance you?
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A photo of Rourachnitchai Rourachnitchai
wooo

now I can get my psych specialist, major in philosophy and minor in French. (10+7+4) and even have, like, one elective! :bball:
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A photo of theboydetective theboydetective
Word. After four years, though, you may find that you just want to settle for a double major (just psych and phil?) or major and two minors. I think you, like myself, are a bit sketchy on the effects not specializing will have on grad school opportunities, but at the same time don't want to just specialize in one subject?
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A photo of Rourachnitchai Rourachnitchai
The specialist degree is pretty much required to get into competitive programs for clinical psychology, just because psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors. Having a "research" component to the degree is very important for demonstrating the capacity to "do research" such as is desired in doctoral programs. My major interest in philosophy is mostly personal, but I'm also think it will lend itself well to looking at problems of meaning such as I might encounter in psychology. I don't think I would be content with a mere survey of philosophical thought offered in the minor program, because I'm already interested in terms like "post-structuralism", "phenomenology" and "meta-ethics" which I realize require some pretty deep thinking. Semester courses like "contemporary moral issues" and "political philosophy" wont satisfy my curiosity as I've probably read about two courses worth of philosophy in my spare time over the last two years and probably wont stop reading during my summers.

I guess we'll see how I feel a year from now. If I'm not completely disenchanted and I think I can pull it financially I'll talk to my academic advisors about structuring a five-year program to meet my goals.
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