Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

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.

    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.

    For more information, watch the video below:

  • 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.

  • This section applies only to financial refunds.
    Find more information on dropping courses without academic penalty. 


    Centre for Continuing Education Refund Policy

    Note: McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education 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.

    The one-time academic activation fee of $39 is non-refundable.

    If you paid online by credit card, any applicable refund will be processed back to your credit card (please allow 1 to 3 weeks for processing). Note: credit card refunds can take longer during peak periods, such as the beginning of an academic term.

    If you paid by cheque or debit, please login to your Mosaic Student Center to input your bank information and correct mailing address to receive any applicable refund by online deposit. Without banking information, McMaster University will issue you a cheque by mail (please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing).

    For purposes of refunds, the day refers to the calendar day, beginning at 12:00 am.​

    Certificate/Diploma (in-person, online and online self-study)

    Up until the day before class starts: 100% course fee refund and 100% MAPS fee refund

    From course start date to day 14: 70% course fee refund 0% MAPS fee refund

    15 days after the start date: 0% course fee refund and 0% MAPS fee refund.

    • Example: Class Start Date September 10
      Up to September 9: Full refund - 100% tuition, 100% MAPS fee
      September 10-23: 70% tuition refund, 0% MAPS fee refund
      September 24 to class end date: 0% refund
    • Certificate & Diploma Fast-Track Courses (2x/week or full-day in person)

    7 days or more before the start date: 100% course fee refund and 100% MAPS fee refund

    1 to 6 days before the start date: 80% course fee refund and 100% MAPS fee refund

    From course start date to day 7: 50% course fee refund and 0% MAPS fee refund,

    8 days after the start date to class end date: 0% course fee refund and 0% MAPS fee refund.

    Professional Development Courses (Lean Six, PMP)

    20 days or more before the start date: 100% course fee refund

    7-19 days before start date: 70% course fee refund

    6 days or less before the start date: 0% course fee refund

    Essentials, Crisis and Mental Health Training

    7 days or more before the start date: 100% course fee refund

    1-6 days before start date: 80% course fee refund

    • Start date – 0%

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 $7.24 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 CCE 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 CCE program will be charged a $99 administrative fee per course.

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

  • 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 and Crisis & Mental Health workshops.

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

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