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 Center by clicking on “Apply for Financial Aid” in the “Finances” tab
  • The application is available starting in mid-August
  • 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!

Part-time OSAP: Funding certificates for OSAP for Part-Time Students will be available at the SFAS office (Gilmour Hall, 120) this week. Watch for a notification in your Mosaic to-do list. Starting this fall, part-time OSAP funding will automatically be redirected to McMaster to pay tuition and fees. Learn more about part-time OSAP

OSAP confirmations of enrolment: The OSAP confirmation of enrolment process is ongoing. OSAP funding will be released within 5-7 business days of your confirmation of enrolment. Watch your McMaster email and OSAP Message Centre for notifications. See when you’ve received your funding in your Mosaic Student Center.

Important OSAP change: Starting this fall, all OSAP funding will automatically be sent to McMaster to pay tuition and student fees. Funding left over after covering tuition/fees will be deposited into students’ bank accounts. Learn more on how to track your funding.



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