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Tuition Assistance & Bursary Benefit

As a community McMaster is dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning. The Tuition Assistance and Bursary Benefits are an expression of that dedication and emphasize the University’s commitment to the well-being of its employees and their families.

For any inquiries, please contact hr.mcmaster@mcmaster.ca

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Overview

The following Tuition Assistance and Bursary benefits are intended to help employees and their dependents achieve their professional potential through academic credit education. These benefits are not intended for personal interest training.

There are other benefits available to employees who wish to pursue other training and development opportunities associated with their career. Review one of the following policies for more information or review our learning and development webpage for more options.

Related Policies:

Tuition Assistance for Active Employees

Eligibility (refer to the Tuition Assistance Policy for Employees for more information)

  • Employees on a full-time continuing appointment (or for at least half the normal full-time hours)
  • Employees on a full-time (or for at least half the normal full-time hours) contractually limited appointment for a minimum duration of at least one year
  • Employees of a bargaining unit where a collective agreement specifically extends the tuition assistance policy to members

For the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 academic years, the Tuition Assistance benefit maximum is $3,573.18.

Click on the program type below to learn how to apply:

Submit your application online through Mosaic using the AwardSpring tile or login to https://mcmaster.awardspring.ca using your MacID and password. To be able to login, you must be a student in a financial aid eligible program and term active (i.e. eligible to enroll) in either the current fall, winter, or spring/summer term.

TIMELINES: Benefit applications from Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring/Summer 2021 courses close July 31, 2021. Fall 2021/Winter 2022 course enrolment begins June 18, 2021 and benefit submissions start August 10, 2021.


AwardSpring Instructions

Once you are in AwardSpring, the employee/student needs to complete the common application. The answers from the common application are used to qualify students to specific opportunities in AwardSpring. If the student has not completed the common application, a progress bar will show on their dashboard with a direct link to the application. The student can re-visit the common application to change their answers any time, provided there are still scholarships open in the system. The common application has 6 sections for the student to complete/review and for the purposes of the Tuition Assistance benefit opportunities, the related question from the ‘Application Tips & Personal Information’ section are the most relevant; if all answers are ‘No’, the student will see no Tuition Assistance opportunities.

Once the student completes the common application, they are eligible to apply for scholarships. They can see the scholarships that they are eligible for on their dashboard. Only scholarships that are currently open (as per the application period start date in the configuration) will display to a student on their dashboard. Click on the ‘Complete Follow-Up’ button on the associated opportunity in their dashboard.

NOTE: There are two opportunities available for the Tuition Assistance Employee benefit and they are open from August 10 of the academic year to July 31 of the following year. All applications for the appropriate semester must be made by these deadline dates using the appropriate opportunity:

    • Fall/Winter Employee Tuition Assistance
    • Spring/Summer Employee Tuition Assistance 

Once the student completes the additional requirements, they are able to submit the application. On the left-hand menu, students can click the ‘Scholarships’ box to view the status of their applications; for example, filtering on ‘Applied’ will show them a list of all applications they have successfully submitted. Students may also filter on ‘Awarded’ to see if any of their tuition benefit applications have been processed and will receive an email confirmation.

To apply for other McMaster University and/or McMaster University Continuing Education academic certificate or diploma courses, complete and submit this employee tuition assistance application within the academic year of the course taken and send it to hr.mcmaster@mcmaster.ca. (Note that this form does not enroll you into the course.)

To apply for McMaster University Continuing Education Professional Development Essentials courses, submit an employee tuition assistance application to confirm your eligibility. If fees are not adjusted or you have any questions about eligibility, please email HR at hr.mcmaster@mcmaster.ca.

For McMaster University Continuing Education Leadership Development Programs. complete and submit your application as per the instructions provided on the applicable program webpage.

Non-McMaster University undergraduate and graduate degree credit courses, and diploma and certificate courses are eligible from accredited colleges and educational institutions or professional bodies (as approved by Human Resources).

For such external courses, the tuition fee will be reimbursed after proof of enrolment and fee payment is submitted to Human Resources on a course by course basis.

Complete and submit this employee tuition assistance application within the academic year of the course taken and send it to hr.mcmaster@mcmaster.ca. (Note that this form does not enroll you into the course.)

Tuition Bursary for Dependents & Spouses

Employee Eligibility (please refer to Dependent Bursary Policy for more information and for details about Dependent Eligibility)

  • Employees on a full-time continuing basis or on a contractually limited basis and who works at least
    one-half the normal full-time hours; AND
  • Employees who have completed at least 3 years of continuous service with the University by the first day of the
    Academic Session for which the bursary is being applied.
  • FHS Clinical Part Time/Adjunct Faculty who have held an appointment for at least 3 consecutive years and who have provided a minimum of 270 hours of educational contributions each year are eligible to apply for the dependent bursary. Review the Health Science Faculty Relations webpage for more information and to confirm eligibility before applying.

In addition, the External Bursary Eligible Employee Group is:

  • McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA), provided the Employee is eligible to participate in the Career Progress / Merit program;
  • Senior Administrative Leaders (SAL); or
  • The Management Group (TMG)

Click on the program type below to learn about eligible amounts and how to apply:

For McMaster University Undergraduate or Graduate Degree Courses in 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, the Tuition Bursary benefit maximum per academic term is $2,325.00 (per unit equivalent is $155.00 on a maximum of 15 units).


How to Apply

The student (not employee) submits their application online through Mosaic using the AwardSpring tile or login to https://mcmaster.awardspring.ca using their MacID and password. To be able to login, the applicant must be a student in a financial aid eligible program and term active (i.e. eligible to enroll) in either the current fall, winter, or spring/summer term.

TIMELINES: Benefit applications from Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring/Summer 2021 courses close July 31, 2021. Fall 2021/Winter 2022 course enrolment begins June 18, 2021 and benefit submissions start August 10, 2021.


AwardSpring Instructions

Once you are in AwardSpring, the student needs to complete the common application. The answers from the common application are used to qualify students to specific opportunities in AwardSpring. If the student has not completed the common application, a progress bar will show on their dashboard with a direct link to the application. The student can re-visit the common application to change their answers any time, provided there are still scholarships open in the system. The common application has 6 sections for the student to complete/review and for the purposes of the Tuition Assistance benefit opportunities, the related question from the ‘Application Tips & Personal Information’ section are the most relevant; if all answers are ‘No’, the student will see no Tuition Assistance opportunities.

Once the student completes the common application, they are eligible to apply for scholarships. They can see the scholarships that they are eligible for on their dashboard. Only scholarships that are currently open (as per the application period start date in the configuration) will display to a student on their dashboard. Click on the ‘Complete Follow-Up’ button on the associated opportunity in their dashboard.

NOTE: There are two opportunities available for the Tuition Assistance Employee benefit and they are open from August 10 of the academic year to July 31 of the following year. All applications for the appropriate semester must be made by these deadline dates using the appropriate opportunity:

    • Fall/Winter Dependent/Spouse Tuition Bursary
    • Spring/Summer Dependent/Spouse Tuition Bursary

Once the student completes the additional requirements, they are able to submit the application. On the left-hand menu, students can click the ‘Scholarships’ box to view the status of their applications; for example, filtering on ‘Applied’ will show them a list of all applications they have successfully submitted. Students may also filter on ‘Awarded’ to see if any of their tuition benefit applications have been processed and will receive an email confirmation.

 

Non-McMaster University undergraduate and graduate degree programs and college diploma programs are only eligible from accredited Canadian universities and colleges, the bursary benefit divides a fixed annual pool among students of eligible MUFA, TMG & SAL employees. Refer to this FAQ document for additional information.


How to Apply

The employee submits the application using the “External Tuition Bursary” tile in Mosaic. Further details on how to apply can be found in this user guide.

TIMELINES:

Part 1: Application Form – due by August 31 of each academic year (submit multiple times for each academic term as needed)

Part 2: Payment Application Form – due by September 30 following the academic year ending August 31 (only submit once per academic year)

Quick link for the Tuition Bursary Program for Dependants & Spouses Declaration of Consent Form

 

Tuition Assistance for Retirees

Retirees of the University are eligible for tuition assistance for eligible courses offered through McMaster University only. Refer to the Tuition Assistance Policy for Retirees for more information.

NOTE: If you are 65 years of age or over, subject to meeting admissions and prerequisite requirements, you may enrol in courses for credit without payment of tuition and supplementary fees. The required full-time application fee must be paid and must accompany the appropriate application to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.

There are also several other learning opportunities available to older adults at McMaster.​ Read more here.

Click on the program type below to learn how to apply:

Submit your application online through Mosaic using the AwardSpring tile or login to https://mcmaster.awardspring.ca using your MacID and password. To be able to login, you must be a student in a financial aid eligible program and term active (i.e. eligible to enroll) in either the current fall, winter, or spring/summer term.

TIMELINES: Benefit applications from Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring/Summer 2021 courses close July 31, 2021. Fall 2021/Winter 2022 course enrolment begins June 18, 2021 and benefit submissions start August 10, 2021.


AwardSpring Instructions

Once you are in AwardSpring, the retiree/student needs to complete the common application. The answers from the common application are used to qualify students to specific opportunities in AwardSpring. If the student has not completed the common application, a progress bar will show on their dashboard with a direct link to the application. The student can re-visit the common application to change their answers any time, provided there are still scholarships open in the system. The common application has 6 sections for the student to complete/review and for the purposes of the Tuition Assistance benefit opportunities, the related question from the ‘Application Tips & Personal Information’ section are the most relevant; if all answers are ‘No’, the student will see no Tuition Assistance opportunities.

Once the student completes the common application, they are eligible to apply for scholarships. They can see the scholarships that they are eligible for on their dashboard. Only scholarships that are currently open (as per the application period start date in the configuration) will display to a student on their dashboard. Click on the ‘Complete Follow-Up’ button on the associated opportunity in their dashboard.

NOTE: There are two opportunities available for the Tuition Assistance Employee benefit and they are open from August 10 of the academic year to July 31 of the following year. All applications for the appropriate semester must be made by these deadline dates using the appropriate opportunity:

    • Fall/Winter Retiree Tuition Assistance
    • Spring/Summer Retiree Tuition Assistance

Once the student completes the additional requirements, they are able to submit the application. On the left-hand menu, students can click the ‘Scholarships’ box to view the status of their applications; for example, filtering on ‘Applied’ will show them a list of all applications they have successfully submitted. Students may also filter on ‘Awarded’ to see if any of their tuition benefit applications have been processed and will receive an email confirmation.

To apply for other McMaster University and/or McMaster University Continuing Education academic certificate or diploma courses, complete and submit this employee tuition assistance application within the academic year of the course taken and send it to hr.mcmaster@mcmaster.ca. (Note that this form does not enroll you into the course.)