McMaster Bursary Program

The Basics

What is a bursary?

  • A non-repayable grant for students who demonstrate financial need
  • To be used to assist with education-related expenses
  • Funded by the University and generous donors

I was offered a bursary (General or Student Access) as part of my 2018/19 offer of admission. What are my next steps?

  1. Complete your OSAP application by applying online and uploading all required documents via the OSAP website by June 30th
  2. Enroll in the course load indicated on your OSAP application (i.e. Humanities: 15 units/term = 100% course load)
  3. Starting in August, apply for the McMaster General Bursary Program in the Mosaic Student Center
  4. Complete your OSAP Income Update at the beginning of the Fall term
  5. Maintain all bursary eligibility requirements throughout the academic year
  6. Bursary funds are deposited to your McMaster student account in February

What are the bursary eligibility requirements?

  • Be enrolled at McMaster
  • International students enrolled in Level II or higher
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need throughout the study period
  • Submit a completed application by the deadline
  • OSAP students must submit a completed income update by the published deadline

How to Apply

  • The online application is available in the Mosaic Student Centre by clicking on “Apply for Financial Aid”
  • The application is available starting Aug. 10
  • Step-by-step instructions are available under McMaster Aid

When do I apply?

How do I check my application status?

  • Click on ‘View Financial Aid Applications’ in the Mosaic Student Center
  • Click on ‘View Financial Aid Awards’ to view bursaries and scholarships granted each year

Bursary Payments

How do I receive my bursary funding?

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What’s New!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Deadlines for undergraduate, graduate, MBA and Medicine students to submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application are approaching. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

OSAP peer-support sessions: We are now offering peer-support sessions every Tuesday from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in MUSC 213. Our student ambassador will be available to help current and incoming students with their 2018/19 OSAP applications. Learn more about our peer-support sessions.

2018 Schulich Leaders: Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Schulich Leaders Scholarships! Four students have received Canada’s most prestigious national STEM scholarships to attend McMaster. Learn more about the 2018 Schulich Leaders.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website as soon as possible.


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