Delivering Excellence in Lifelong Learning

Fees and Financial FAQ's

  • There are several options available if you require assistance in funding your studies:


    • The McMaster Association of Part-Time Students (MAPS) offers a limited number of bursaries for students who can demonstrate financial need.

    Students must pay for courses in full at the time of enrolment, and then apply for the bursary through Mosaic. If selected for the bursary, the funds will then be applied to the student's account. View bursary application dates.


    • Many employers offer tuition assistance programs.  Ask your manager or HR department if your company offers a program.

    • Most banks offer student loans that have attractive interest rates and require you to pay interest only, until after the completion of your program.

    • If you are studying on a full-time basis, the Lifelong Learning Plan allows you to withdraw from your RRSP to pay for your program.

    • For Canadian students interested in government funding or subsidized training options (e.g. Second Career, Canada-Ontario Job Grant) please contact your local Employment Service Centre.


    The Ontario Government's Second Career program offers financial support to those looking to gain skills-training. To find out more about the program and if you qualify, visit the Second Career website.

    Continuing Education programs are not eligible for OSAP.

  • Course Receipt:

    Upon registration of each course, students receive an email payment confirmation. If you wish to view your account activity on your MOSAIC student centre and do not have access to view this information, please contact University Technology Services at or 905-525-9140 x24357.

    Tax Receipt:

    T2202A/T4A receipts for tax purposes will be available at the end of February for the previous year. Tax certificates are issued based on the term the course began.

    Please make sure your pop-up blocker isn't preventing your certificate from being displayed. Do not block pop-ups for this function.

    Access your tax certificate online through Mosaic:

    Students can access their tax receipts through the online Student Centre, Mosaic.

    Log in to Mosaic

    Click the Student Centre tab

    Scroll down to the Finance section

    Use the drop down menu in the Finance section (defaulted to "other financial...") to select "view/print Tax Forms"

    • Use drop down to select appropriate calendar year and click “view”

    If your student login has expired or if you are experiencing other difficulties accessing the Mosaic system, please visit this support page.

    Professional Development participants

    Please note, Professional Development courses do not qualify to receive tax receipts for course fees. 

  • You can access a proof of enrolment letter through Mosaic. To do so, follow the instructions below:

    1. Sign in to the McMaster Mosaic Student Center.
    2. In the Academics section, look for the drop down menu labelled “other academic”
    3. From this menu, select Enrolment/Financial Letters and click the double arrows
    4. Put in the corresponding information:

    - Select Academic Career for this Letter:  Select Continuing Education.
    - Select Academic Term for this Letter: Select the term in which you took the class.
    - Select which letter you would like to request: Select Enrolment/Completion letter.
    - Select your delivery option: Select PDF or email.

    Please note: your grade will only appear once it has been uploaded by the administrative staff. This allows up to four weeks for grades to be submitted once the class has finished.

  • McMaster University Continuing Education Refund Policy

    McMaster reserves the right to cancel a course due to low enrolment or other factors. Affected students will be notified of any course cancellations and refunded appropriately.


    Refunds are applicable if a student drops a course within the timeframes outlined in the schedule below. If a course is cancelled by MCE, the student will be entitled to a 100% refund. The $39 Academic Activation fee is only refundable if course is cancelled by MCE.


    i) Online Credit Card/Interac payments – any applicable refund will be processed back to the original credit card via the mhp order number. Credit card refunds will be processed 1-3 weeks from the course drop date. Processing times may take longer during peak periods, such as enrolment open dates (July and March) and the beginning of an academic term
    (January, May, September). Note: Refunds cannot be processed to another credit card.

    ii) Cheque, Debit, EFT payments (students with a Canadian bank account) – refunds will be processed via Interac e-transfer to the student’s personal email address in Mosaic. Students will receive an email directing them to log into their online banking to make a deposit. The student’s email address does not need to be the same one associated with the student’s bank account in order to accept payment. Refunds through Interac e-transfer will be processed approximately 1-3 weeks from the course drop date. Processing times may take longer during peak periods. Students are advised to check their junk/spam email.

    Please note:

    -Refunds via EFT or cheques will only be processed in extenuating circumstances. Processing and delivery will take approximately 4-6 weeks.
    -Drop/refund policies are based on the course start date, not the date of enrolment. -Enrolling after a course begins does not warrant any exceptions to these policies.
    -For purposes of refunds, the day refers to the calendar day, beginning at 12:00 a.m. EST.
    -The one-time academic activation fee of $39 is non-refundable (unless the course is cancelled by MCE).
    -This page applies only to financial refunds. Find more information on dropping courses without academic penalty visit our Academic Penalties page.

    For program specific policies, please visit our Refund Policy page.


Ancillary and Incidental Fees

  • Course tuition fees vary by program. Please view the “Schedules & Fees” link on your program page for specific course fees. Fees are the same for Canadian and international students. Fees are subject to change.

    McMaster Association of Part-time Students (MAPS) charges a fee of $7.36 per unit, included in the listed tuition fee. The MAPS fee is charged to all continuing education students enrolled in academic credit courses for services provided by the McMaster Association for Part-time Students.  Further information can be found on their website.

  • When you enrol in your first certificate or diploma course you will be charged a one-time, non-refundable MCE Academic Activation Fee of $39. This administrative fee does not apply to professional development programs.

  • Students who are approved to transfer courses from an external institution (including McMaster  degree studies) into a MCE program will be charged a $99 administrative fee per course.

    Students who are approved to transfer one or more MCE course(s) from one program to another within MCE will be charged a one-time administrative fee of $79

  • Final examinations for Accounting (ACC) and Surety (SAC) will be administered through Examity®, a live remote online proctoring service. Students are responsible for covering the Examity proctoring fee (approx. $50 CAD) which is NOT included in course tuition. Refer to our website or your course in Avenue to Learn for further details.

  • Students who are approved to write a deferred exam will be charged an administrative fee of $50.

  • Students will be charged a non-refundable assessment fee of $59 for any program requiring an application.

  • Students who request an additional credential will be charged a printing fee of $50.

  • 13% HST is added to Agile Project Management, Crisis & Mental Health workshops, The Art of Presentations, The Art of Seeing™, Fundamental Career Development Tools and Employability Skills and Cultural Fluency for the Canadian Workplace courses.

    HST is not applied to certificate and diploma or Essentials courses.

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