McMaster Association for Part-Time Students Bursary

The Basics

What is a McMaster Association for Part-Time Students (MAPS) Bursary?

Funding for the MAPS Bursary is generously donated by the McMaster Association for Part-Time Students. Administered by Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, recipients are selected each term to receive non-refundable tuition and book assistance. Primarily available to those receiving social assistance, this bursary program aids those who are economically disadvantaged. Additional financial resources are required as the MAPS Bursary is not a means of covering the full cost of attendance. Limited bursaries are available

What is the value of a MAPS Bursary?

The value of the MAPS Bursary varies each term.

Can I receive a MAPS Bursary and OSAP for Part-Time Students?

No. Students are eligible to apply for a MAPS Bursary if they are ineligible for OSAP for Part-Time Students.

Ineligible for a MAPS Bursary

      • Not economically disadvantaged
      • No demonstration of financial need according to online aid application
      • Entitled to OSAP for Part-Time Students
      • Enrolled in a full-time course load*
      • Full-time students who have taken the majority of terms with full-time enrollment*

*60% course load per term

How to Apply

      • Step-by-step instructions are available under ‘McMaster Aid’
      • Apply term-by-term (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer)
      • Complete either the application for undergraduate part-time students or continuing education (CCE) students
      • Complete the 4-month budget for the study period (e.g. fall enrolment > September to December)
      • Upload one file of required documents to MacDrive by the published deadline
      • Incomplete applications will not be considered

When do I apply?

      • Application dates and deadlines are available under ‘Important Dates

How do I check the status of my application?

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

Student Commitment

      • To come to university financially prepared
      • CCE students are required to pay for courses upon registration
      • To seek out available resources such as OSAP for Part-Time Students
      • To successfully complete all courses

MAPS Bursary Payment

When do I enroll?

      • Students are required to enroll and pay for courses prior to receiving bursary funding

How will I receive my bursary payment?

      • Bursary payments are deposited to McMaster Student Accounts and Cashiers.
      • Refund cheques or direct deposit payments are issued if McMaster fees are paid in full or the value of the bursary exceeds the balance of the fees owing.

When will I receive the payment?

      • Bursary payments are deposited to Student Accounts after the add/drop deadline each term.

What’s New!

Indigenous Entrance Awards: McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Find out more about entrance scholarships for Indigenous students. Apply by July 15!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Students enrolled full-time for the spring and/or summer sessions can now submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website by June 30th, McMaster’s recommended deadline, if you require your funding in September.

Survey for Spring/Summer Part-Time Students: We want your input! Complete a three-minute survey to help us consider bursary options for funding part-time studies.

External Scholarships Page: Check out our new External Scholarships page for updated information on scholarships available through various companies/organizations.

Rhodes Scholarship Info Webinar: Missed the webinar? Lots of great information about the Rhodes application and experience is available in the webinar presentation (PDF)!


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