McMaster Work Programs

The Basics

 What is the McMaster Work Program?

The McMaster Work Program offers students, who demonstrate financial need, the opportunity for meaningful employment on campus.

 What types of positions are available?

  • Part-time positions in the fall/winter terms
  • Full-time and part-time positions in the summer term
  • Students may only accept one work program position at a time
  • Check the Job Board under Career Opportunities on the Mosaic portal

Work Program FAQs

How to Apply

Step-by-step instructions are available under ‘McMaster Aid’

  • Apply for the Fall/Winter Work Program and the Summer Work Program separately
  • Work Program approvals are sent to the student’s ‘To-Do List’ in Mosaic
  • Approval for OSAP-eligible students normally takes less than 30 minutes!

When do I apply?

  • The 2018/19 Fall/Winter Work Program application is open in Mosaic
  • Open application dates and deadlines can be found under ‘Important Dates’
  • Applications or supporting documentation submitted after the deadline will not be considered

Ineligible for Work Programs

Students who are:

  • Not returning in the following fall/winter term (e.g. graduating students)
  • OSAP recipients not entitled to at least $1 of student loan OR non-OSAP students who do not demonstrate financial need on their online aid application need profile
  • Non-OSAP students and not enrolled in one of the eligible student groups
  • International students in their first year of studies are not eligible for the Fall/Winter Work Program
  • Continuing education (CCE) students
  • Not enrolled in a full-time course load (at least 9 units in fall or winter term)
  • Graduate students are not eligible for the Summer Work Program

Student Commitment

  • Apply for work program positions once approved to participate
  • Notify SFAS of any changes in financial status, income or enrolment
  • Report all work program income to OSAP
  • Remain enrolled in fall/winter terms to maintain work program eligibility
  • Maintain satisfactory work performance and attendance
  • Accept only one work program position at a time
  • Adhere to all McMaster employment standards



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What’s New!

Food insecurity survey: Did you know? Two in 5 students across five Canadian campuses experience moderate or severe food insecurity — meaning they are unable to access enough food for a healthy, active life. The Hungry for Knowledge Student Food Insecurity Survey is looking to assess the rate of food insecurity among McMaster students. Take the survey.

Transcripts for Part-Time OSAP: We are now accepting unofficial transcripts from McMaster students who are asked to supply transcripts after applying for Part-Time OSAP. Access and print your unofficial transcript in Mosaic: Student Centre > My Academics > Unofficial Transcript. Learn more on transcripts

OSAP Income Update: Check your OSAP portal for a requirement to update your income. If you have this requirement it must be completed to maintain eligibility for the McMaster General Bursary. Even if you have no changes to report, you are required to submit the online form. Find Income Update deadlines.



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