Financial support to help you advance
Investing in continuing education demands both a commitment in time and a financial one. McMaster Continuing Education and its partners have initiatives in place to assist you financially so that you can concentrate on upskilling to advance your professional journey.
Most Continuing Education programs are not eligible for OSAP. However, there are a few options available if you require assistance in funding your studies:
- The McMaster Association of Part-time Students (MAPS) bursary and McMaster Continuing Education award *academic-credit courses only*
- Canadian government-funded, subsidized training options (e.g. Better Jobs Ontario, Canada-Ontario Job Grant)
- Windmill Microlending: loans for skilled immigrants and refugees
- Ask your employer about any tuition assistance programs that may be available
- Financial institution student loans or lines of credit
See below for further details.
McMaster Financial Support
McMaster Bursary for Part-Time Students/McMaster Continuing Education Award
Funding assistance is available through the McMaster Association of Part-time Students and McMaster Continuing Education.
Before applying, you must register and pay for your courses on our website. Once completed, you apply for the bursary/award on your online student administration portal, mosaic.mcmaster.ca. You will receive notice 1-2 weeks later about your bursary/award status, and, if approved, you will receive a determined reimbursement.
To learn more about eligibility requirements, go to Scholarships and Bursaries – Office of the Registrar | McMaster University and select the “Bursaries for Part-Time Students” drop-down section.
Partner Support Services
Windmill supports newcomers who arrive with education, skills and experience but face significant barriers to employment. For many immigrants, what prevents them from entering the labour market is a lack of financial support.
Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. Businesses may be eligible for financial support through the program for up to 25 participants.
Contact North | Contact Nord Free Loaner Laptop for Students
If you’re enrolled in an online course but don’t have access to a computer at home, you may be eligible to use a free laptop and Internet modem offered by Contact North | Contact Nord, in partnership with McMaster University.
Arrange for the laptop and Internet modem to be delivered to your home or for pick up at your local online learning centre. While you wait for the application to be processed and for the laptop to arrive, use the computers at the online learning centre. There are only three requirements:
- You live in Ontario
- You use it to take an online course
- You return the laptop in good working order when you finish
The Contact North | Contact Nord Student Information Hotline is ready to help you make the arrangements. Call 1-877-999-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.