Entrance Scholarship FAQs

Why did my pending aid disappear from my account summary in Mosaic?

Once Student Financial Aid & Scholarships initiates the deposit of the award with Student Accounts & Cashiers, the value of the award will disappear from Pending Aid in Mosaic. Over the course of a day or two, the pending aid is removed and the deposit is completed. Please allow sufficient time for the transaction to complete and the funds to display on the student account.

What if I have an IB or CGE score?

Students must request that Admissions uses their IB score to calculate their average for scholarship purposes.

What if I have a credit on my student account due to the Honour Award?

Students who have paid their fees in full and have a credit on their student account, due to the deposit of an entrance scholarship, can request a payment via cheque or direct deposit by emailing refunds@mcmaster.ca. Student Accounts & Cashiers (Gilmour Hall, Room 209) routinely issues refunds to students with a credit balance.

Can I defer my Honour Award if I decide not to attend this year? 

When a student defers their offer of admission for a year, their scholarship is deferred automatically upon approval from Admissions.

Am I eligible for an Honour Award if I am not enrolled full-time? 

Students must be enrolled in 24 units throughout the fall and winter terms to maintain eligibility to an Honour Award.

Do I need to accept or decline my Honour Award?

It is not necessary to accept your Honour Award via Mosaic. At the end of August, awards will be granted to eligible students and the award value will show as ‘pending aid’ on Mosaic. Funds are deposited to the student account after the add/drop date in September.


What’s New!


Course load calculator: Not sure about your course load percentage for OSAP? Check out our new guide on how to calculate it! Course load guide (non-Engineering). Engineering course load guide.

Scholarship applications are OPEN: Don’t miss out on this easy money! There are awards for all faculties and programs, all undergrad years and both academic AND community work. Apply in Mosaic by clicking the “Apply for Aid and Awards” tile. Find scholarships under the “Aid By Application” tab. More info on scholarships.  


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