McMaster Bursary Program

A bursary is a non-repayable grant for students who demonstrate financial need. The bursary program is funded through donor contributions to the University and through tuition reinvestment. Bursary funds are limited and are not intended to fund a student’s full deficit. The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFAS) will provide bursary assistance related to tuition, books, compulsory fees, equipment and supplies after a student’s own contribution has been assessed and after OSAP (or out-of-province loan) has been assessed. Students who lack resources to cover living and other education-related costs during their study period should apply for bursary assistance.

The goal of the McMaster bursary program is to fund students with the highest financial need. Bursary applicants must first access the OSAP program (or provincial government student aid for non-residents of Ontario) in order to be considered for a McMaster bursary.   Students who are in receipt of OW or ODSP and/or unable to apply for OSAP/other government funding (i.e. due to restrictions etc.) are able to use the online bursary application.  The bursary application can be found on MUGSI and it will direct OSAP students, students with out-of-province student aid and students without government funding; to either the online bursary application or a pdf paper application form.

 Eligibility

To be eligible for bursary funding, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a fully-registered student at the time of bursary application/assessment/payment
  • Provide accurate and up-to-date information to OSAP or an out-of-province student aid program regarding income, course load, status, program of study
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need as per OSAP or out-of-province student aid at the time of bursary assessment and payment
  • Accept all available government student aid funding (e.g. OSAP) at the time of bursary assessment and payment
  • Submit a complete bursary application, online or a pdf paper application, as directed through MUGSI, including any requested supporting documentation, by the deadline date
 Application Deadlines & Details

Program-Specific Details:
Undergraduate, MBA, Medicine and Physician Assistant students should click below for more information regarding your bursary program.  Please note that students are responsible for completing the bursary application (online or pdf paper application form) and submitting all supporting documentation by the deadline dates listed in the chart below.

Application Details:
The McMaster Bursary application is available on MUGSI.   Find the application on MUGSI by clicking the “Financial Aid & Scholarships” link and then select “Bursary Application Form”.    Students who receive out-of-province student aid or are not in receipt of government student aid will be directed to a pdf paper application form.   Students who have applied for OSAP will be prompted to complete and submit their application online.

Supporting Documentation (for pdf paper applications only):
Student using the pdf paper application form should review page one carefully to determine their supporting documentation requirements.  All supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships by the bursary deadline date noted in the chart below.

Dates & Deadlines:

*The application deadline is at 4:30 pm on the deadline date listed below.

Program of Study

Application Opens

Deadline*

Supporting Documentation Deadline

Payment

Undergraduate

September 15

January 10

January 18

Mid-February

Graduate

September 15

January 10

January 18

Mid-February

MBA  SFAS Bursary

September 15

January 10**

January 18

Mid-February

MBA  MASO Bursary

September 15

October 15

October 15

Mid-December

Medicine

October 15

October 31

October 31

End of November

Physician Assistant

October 15

October 31

n/a

End of November

** MBA Students who submit a completed bursary application by November 15th and are eligible for bursary funding will receive a payment by the end of December.

Status Check:
Check MUGSI to monitor the status of your bursary.

Bursary Payments:
Bursary payments for eligible fully-registered students will be made directly to their student accounts. Refund cheques will be issued if the bursary amount exceeds the balance owing on the student account.  ALL BURSARY AMOUNTS ARE FINAL.

Program-Specific Information for Undergraduate Students

The First Generation Bursary, funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities, is for students whose parents did not attend post-secondary studies (college and/or university).  The bursary can be accessed through McMaster’s bursary application process on MUGSI.  On the application you will be asked to select ONE statement that best describes you. If you wish to be considered for the First Generation Bursary you can select “I am a student whose parents did not attend post-secondary studies”.  There are a limited number of First Generation bursaries available.  Once SFAS has received enough applications for the bursary, the above statement on the online application form is removed.  This does not affect your bursary eligibility or the amount of bursary you may receive.


International undergraduate students
in levels 3, 4, and 5 are eligible to apply online for bursary support. International students in levels 1 and 2 are not considered for undergraduate bursary funding.

Program-Specific Information for MBA Students
  • The online application will feed both the MBA Entrance and In-Course bursary process, as well as the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFAS) bursary process.  Only one online application is required!
  • Logon to MUGSI, access the Financial Aid & Scholarships screen and select “Bursary Application Form” to start the application process.
  • OSAP recipients, who receive bursary assistance from a source external to McMaster University, must report the bursary amounts on their OSAP application.  Please send an e-mail with your surname, given name, McMaster student number, bursary name and amount to osap@mcmaster.ca.
Program-Specific Information for Medicine Students & Physician Assistants
  • OSAP recipients, who receive bursary assistance from a source external to McMaster University, must report the bursary amounts on their OSAP application.  Please send an e-mail with your surname, given name, McMaster student number, bursary name and amount to osap@mcmaster.ca.
  • OSAP recipients who are in their final year of medicine must report their OMA stipend to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships by writing an email to osap@mcmaster.ca.  The value of the stipend does not need to be reported in the income section of the OSAP application.
  • Cathy Oudshoorn, Program Administrator, Undergrad M.D. Programs, extension 22141 is available to assist international medicine students with extenuating circumstances and those with unforeseen financial need.
  • Nancy Weller, Program Administrator, Physician Assistant Program, extension 20202 is available to assist Physician Assistant students with a financial emergency or extenuating circumstance.

 

 

 

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