Undergraduate 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 and Cashiers, the value of the award will disappear from Pending Aid. 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.

How do I apply for scholarships via Mosaic if I don’t have OSAP?

Students apply for scholarships via the online aid application in the Mosaic Student Centre. Click on ‘Apply for Financial Aid’ to access the application. As part of the personal profile, select ‘Merit Based Awards Only’ to the question regarding why the student has not applied for OSAP. Click on ‘Aid by Application’ to apply for the specific awards available to you.

Which scholarships require an application?

Scholarships that require an application will be available on Mosaic.

Who is eligible to be considered for an in-course award?

Students who have completed a minimum of 24 units in the fall/winter terms and are not in their graduating year.

Why was I awarded a particular scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded based on the specific terms of each scholarship. Recipients may find that they are awarded an scholarship with general terms and later it is switched to a scholarship with specific criteria.

When will I be notified that the value of my scholarship has been credited to my student account?

Students will be notified in August if they are awarded a scholarship. Payments to the student account are made after the drop/add period in September.

Why wasn’t I granted the Senate and/or the Hooker scholarships?

The university-wide Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker and Senate Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement in the fall and winter terms, to students enrolled in level 2 and above, who also met the general terms and conditions of in-course awards in the Undergraduate Calendar. An application is not required. In determining award recipients, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships reviews sessional and cumulative averages (to 3 decimal points), as well as sessional units, cumulative units and level of study.  The number of Hooker and Senate Scholarships awarded each year varies, as does the number of eligible students, so qualifying for a Hooker or Senate Scholarship in a prior year, does not mean that you will receive the award in a future year.


What’s New!

Indigenous Entrance Awards: McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Find out more about entrance scholarships for Indigenous students. Apply by July 15!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Students enrolled full-time for the spring and/or summer sessions can now submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website by June 30th, McMaster’s recommended deadline, if you require your funding in September.

Survey for Spring/Summer Part-Time Students: We want your input! Complete a three-minute survey to help us consider bursary options for funding part-time studies.

External Scholarships Page: Check out our new External Scholarships page for updated information on scholarships available through various companies/organizations.

Rhodes Scholarship Info Webinar: Missed the webinar? Lots of great information about the Rhodes application and experience is available in the webinar presentation (PDF)!


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