McMaster Association of Part Time Students Bursary

What is the MAPS Bursary?

This bursary provides non-repayable tuition and book assistance to part-time students who demonstrate financial need and do not qualify for OSAP. This includes students in degree programs AND certificate/diploma programs through McMaster Centre for Continuing Education (CCE).

The McMaster Association for Part-Time Students (MAPS) generously donates the funding for this program. Primarily available to those receiving social assistance, the MAPS 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 your education. You are required to enrol and pay for your courses before receiving MAPS Bursary funding.

The value of the MAPS Bursary varies each term. Limited bursaries are available.

Who can apply?

You can apply for the MAPS Bursary if you are:

  • Economically disadvantaged
  • Taking a part-time degree OR diploma/certificate program
  • Ineligible for OSAP

Ineligible for the 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

How to Apply

Follow the step-by-step instructions under the “How to apply” tab to fill out your common application in AwardSpring.

  • Enrol and pay for your courses before applying for MAPS Bursary funding.
  • Complete your common application on AwardSpring (once per academic year)
  • Complete the MAPS Bursary application for either 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)
  • Enrol in direct deposit
  • You need to submit a new MAPS Bursary for each term (fall, winter, spring/summer)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered

2020-2021 MAPS deadlines

Application available Application deadline Application decision & payment of funds
Fall 2019 August 10, 2020 September 16, 2020 2 weeks after applications close
Winter 2020 November 2, 2020 January 14, 2021 2 weeks after applications close
Spring/summer 2020 March 15, 2021 May 10, 2021 2 weeks after applications close