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

What are the bursary eligibility requirements?

  • Be enrolled at McMaster
  • International students must be enrolled in Level II or higher
  • Submit a completed application by the bursary deadline
  • OSAP students must submit a completed income update by the published deadline
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need throughout the study period
  • OSAP is used to demonstrate financial need. ONLY students in the following groups will be considered for a bursary without an OSAP application:
    • Indigenous Students
    • International Students
    • Students with government aid restrictions. Government aid restrictions include:
      • Academic progress restriction
      • Income verification restriction
      • Provincial and/or federal default restriction
      • Credit check restriction
    • Students with a disability taking a reduced course load
    • Mohawk Nursing Students
    • Students with Out-of-Province Student Aid
    • Part-time Students
    • Students receiving social assistance

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?

Entrance Bursaries

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 30
  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

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What’s New!

Course load calculator: Not sure about your course load percentage for OSAP? Check out our new guide on how to calculate it! Course load guide (non-Engineering). Engineering course load guide.

Indigenous Student Bursary: Applications for the 2018-19 Indigenous Student Bursary are now available. If you wish to apply for this bursary, you can find the application and more information in your Mosaic Student Centre under “Apply for Financial Aid.” Extended deadline: Feb. 1, 2019. 

Scholarship applications are OPEN: Don’t miss out on this easy money! There are awards for all faculties and programs, all undergrad years and both academic AND community work. Apply in Mosaic by clicking the “Apply for Aid and Awards” tile. Find scholarships under the “Aid By Application” tab. More info on scholarships.  

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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