McMaster Work Programs

  • Application Details

  • Fall/Winter
    Work Program
  • Summer
    Work Program
  • Employer
    Information

Application Details

Work programs provide part-time and full-time on-campus employment opportunities for currently enrolled students who demonstrate financial need. These programs are designed to provide financial aid to students through provision of on-campus employment.

Funding for the Fall/Winter Work Program and the Summer Work Program is provided by McMaster University. The university has committed a portion of its operating revenues (including income from student tuition) toward the creation of meaningful employment opportunities for our students.

McWork

  • Provides a way to supplement your income while you are studying or during the summer
  • Allows for flexible scheduling in order to make your academics your first priority
  • Is located where you are - on campus, therefore; there are no additional work related costs in time or money
  • Presents you with the opportunity to build a relationship with your University
  • Offers you the ability to develop work-related skills and habits
  • Looks great on your resume

  

OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE

  • Research Assistant
  • Daycare Assistant
  • Library Support
  • Website Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Media Library Clerk
  • Personal Trainer/Fitness Leader

* McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.

WORK PROGRAM APPROVAL AGREEMENT

Student approved for the work program will receive an approval in their To Do List in the Mosaic Student Center. This is almost automatic for students eligible to OSAP. Students who are not OSAP eligible will submit required documentation to SFAS and allow three days for the approval.

Only the approval is delivered to the To Do List. Students can check the status of their application under View Financial Aid Applications in the Mosaic Student Center.

STUDENT DECLARATION

  • I agree to notify the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships of any changes to my financial status during the work-study period.
  • I agree to advise osap@mcmaster.caof my estimated pre-study period earnings and/or study period earnings. I will notify the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships of any additional changes to my income estimates as they occur.
  • I understand that my OSAP entitlement may be reduced when my work-study earnings are reported.
  • I understand that I must remain registered to continue to be eligible for work-study.
  • I understand that I must maintain satisfactory work performance and notify my supervisor of any deviation from my work schedule. I understand that my employer is under no obligation to maintain my placement if my work or attendance is unsatisfactory.
  • I understand that misuse of the work-study program may result in immediate restriction from further participation

The Fall/Winter Work Program

The Fall/Winter Work-Study Program is available to current, enrolled students who have applied for OSAP for the fall/winter study period. Student can apply for the fall/winter work program via the online aid application available in the Mosaic Student Center in early August.


Students from the following programs of study are welcome to apply:

  • Full-time and part-time undergraduate programs
  • Graduate programs
  • MBA
  • School of Medicine
  • Mohawk Nursing Consortium Program
  • Students in any of these programs who are from outside of Ontario are eligible to apply
  • Student must apply for their province’s student aid program
  • International students must be in level three or higher of a degree program
  • Student will be directed to Supporting Document List and Need Profile via Mosaic

The Fall/Winter Work-Study Program assists students who demonstrate financial need to meet exceptional costs, often unexpected, and not recognized under OSAP. It also helps students who lack the resources expected under OSAP criteria or, whose assessed need under OSAP is not met because of loan maximums or, who do not wish to borrow further due to high debt load.

To be considered for the Fall/Winter Work Program you must:

  • Submit an online aid application through the Mosaic Student Center
  • Be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or 'Protected Person'
  • Be a resident of Ontario in accordance with OSAP guidelines (having lived in Ontario for 12 consecutive months prior to beginning full-time post-secondary studies)
  • Consistently maintain at least 60% of a full course load each term in a degree program during the work-study period at McMaster (40% for students with disabilities)
  • Have a processed OSAP or another provincial government student aid application in the current fall/winter study period on file.
  • Be an enrolled student in one of the programs of study listed above
  • International students must be in level three or higher of a degree program

The Summer Work Program

The Summer Program is available to students who are returning to McMaster in the fall term to continue their program of study. Students can apply for the summer work program via the online aid application available in the Mosaic Student Center in March each year.

Students from the following programs of study are welcome to apply:

  • Full-time undergraduate programs
  • School of Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Mohawk Nursing Consortium Program
  • International Students in level 3 or higher in any of these programs
  • Students in any of these programs who are from outside of Ontario are eligible to apply
  • Non-OSAP students will be directed to complete a needs profile as part of their online aid application via the Mosaic Student Center (if an approved reason for not applying to OSAP is met).

The Summer Work Program helps students who demonstrate financial need to meet education costs not recognized under regular federal and provincial programs. It is intended to assist students who lack resources relative to their assessed need and/or who do not wish to borrow further due to high debt load.


To be considered for the Summer Work Program you must:

  1. Submit an online aid application via the Mosaic Student Center
  2. Be enrolled full-time, in one of the above programs, for the current academic year  OR 

    Be enrolled part-time, as a student with a permanent disability, in one of the above programs for the current academic year

  3. NOT be eligible to graduate at either the Spring or Fall Convocations of the current year
  4. Be returning to McMaster in the next fall term in one of the above programs
  5. Students who are eligible to apply for OSAP must have an assessed application on file for the previous fall/winter terms
  6. Students who are not eligible to apply for OSAP will complete a needs profile as part of their online aid application:
    • Out-of-province students
    • Students restricted from OSAP
    • Students with a permanent disability studying part-time
    • International Students
    • Student receiving social assistance (OW or ODSP)

WORK PROGRAM Information for EMPLOYERS

The Fall/Winter Work Program helps campus employers by subsidizing wages to students for part-time jobs between September 8, 2015 and April 15, 2016. To access this funding, please create your job opening on Mosaic between JUNE 22th and JULY 3rd. Applications received after this deadline will be placed on a wait list.  As job openings are submitted, SFAS will review for accuracy and completion.  At this time if your job opening is denied, please check the comments, edit and re-submit at your earliest convenience.

Things to know

  • The Fall/Winter Work Program will subsidize part-time employment at $7.50/hour up to a maximum of $1500 per fall/winter terms.
  • Students will be able to apply for the Fall/Winter Work Program via the online aid application in the Mosaic Student Center in early August.
  • The paper work program approval form is no longer being used.  Students are instructed to attach the work study approval to the job application.  The student will receive the approval in their To Do List on the Mosaic Student Center.
  • Hiring students not approved for the work program will involve cancelling your job opening with SFAS and creating a new one for a temp/casual position (not using the job code 000993). 
  • Employers must use a 000993 job code for work study positions to receive the subsidy.
  • Students will begin to see job postings and contact employers in early August.
  • RE-HIRING THE SAME STUDENT? The fall/winter job opening and the student’s fall/winter work program application are required for the 2015/16 academic year.
  • Only students who demonstrate financial need will be approved for the work program.  Please review the McMaster Work Program page for eligibility criteria.
  • The primary recruiter is now KIM FINLAY.

How to Apply

All fall/winter work program job postings will be completed by the employer by JULY 3, 2015 via the Mosaic Human Resources portal.  Please find below the work study specific instructions for how to create a job opening.  If you require further assistance, please contact your HR representative.
SFAS will communicate with employers throughout the hiring process.  All steps in Mosaic must be completed to receive approval and funding for the program.
SIGN IN

  • Go to Mosaic
  • From the Main Menu, click on Human Resources – Recruiting – Create Job Opening

PRIMARY JOB OPENING INFORMATION
Please see attached job aid for step-by-step instructions for a temp/casual position

  • JOB FAMILY is INTERM
  • A POSITION NUMBER is required prior to starting the online posting
  • JOB CODE is 000993 for the work program
  • JOB POSTING TITLE: Create a specific title as all postings on the job board will be work program positions (i.e.  Research Assistant)

Click RECRUITMENT DETAILS tab

  • OPENINGS TO FILL REQUIRED: Limited number of openings
  • TARGET OPENINGS: Complete with the number of work program positions required by your department that will be funded by the funding source that will be indicated on this job opening.  Do not include temporary/casual positions not subsidized by the work program
  • AVAILABLE OPENINGS: Initially matches the Target Openings field.  As applicants are hired, the system adjusts the number of available openings
  • The CONTRACT START DATE: MUST be on or after September 8, 2015.  Funding will not be granted to employers for hours completed prior to this date
  • The CONTRACT END DATE: MUST be on or before April 15, 2016.  Funding will not be granted for hours completed after this date
  • EMPLOYEE CLASS is STU
  • ESTIMATED WEEKLY HOURS: As required, up to 10 hours per week/position
  • FUNDING SOURCE & FRINGE BENEFITS:  Complete with the appropriate chartfields

Click JOB POSTING tab
DO NOT COMPLETE THE JOB DESCRIPTION IF THE JOB DOES NOT NEED TO BE POSTED

  • POSITION TITLE: Enter the job posting title into the text box
  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Complete all three sections of the job description
    • Posting Details – include hourly wage
    • How to Apply
    • Employment Equity Statement
  • DESTINATION:  McMaster Work Study Postings
  • POSTING TYPE: Internal Posting
  • RELATIVE OPEN DATE: Complete only if job opening is being created after August 12th.
  • POST DATE:  AUGUST 11, 2015.  If job opening is created after August 12th, select UPON APPROVAL
  • REMOVE DATE:  No later than February 28, 2016
  • CLICK ‘OK’ to finish tab

Click RECRUITMENT TEAM tab

  • Enter the PRIMARY RECRUITER as KIM FINLAY (Click look-up icon to search)
  • Enter your HR Representative as a RECRUITER (Click look-up icon to search)
  • Enter HIRING MANAGER (Click look-up icon to search)
  • SAVE & SUBMIT

Work program positions must meet the following criteria:

  • Be situated on or near a McMaster site
  • Consist of duties that would otherwise not be completed
  • Not replace or subsidize existing positions
  • Not conflict with any existing collective agreements
  • Payroll for work study students must be through McMaster Human Resources

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