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Financial Support and Assistance

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.

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, 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 Microlending Learn More

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 Training Credit Learn More

New refundable tax credit called Canada Training Credit, which may be used for eligible tuition and fees paid for courses.

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Canada-Ontario Job Grant Learn More

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.

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Riipen Level UP Learn More

Short-term, remote projects you choose, where you’ll meet potential employers and earn work experience alongside a supportive community of Canadian students.

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

Contact North | Contact Nord Free Loaner Laptop for Students

Lighthouse Labs – ICT BOOST Initiative

The ICT BOOST initiative is a fully-funded opportunity offered to communities that have faced significant barriers or systemic inequality to full and equal participation in the labour market and society.

Lighthouse Labs and the Government of Canada in partnership with post-secondary, community, and industry partners have come together to provide a fully-funded opportunity for 1,700 equity-deserving individuals to shape a better future for themselves and their families. Successful applicants get access to a fully-funded program and wraparound support services – allowing them to engage fully and thrive throughout the program and their new careers. These are some of the benefits:

  • Tech training programs available at no cost to eligible applicants
  • Online campus
  • Duration: 12-week or 30-week program, depending on the availability of the desired program
  • A support ecosystem adapted to your needs and life circumstances
  • Lifelong post-program career support