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In-Course (Returning) Awards

In-Course Awards recognize the achievements of current undergraduate students returning to studies for the following September. Most awards are determined on the basis of academic performance only, and require no application from students. Some awards require students to apply through Mosaic and submit supplementary documentation (e.g. resume, reference letters) in order to be considered.


Some awards are open to students across the university, while others are intended for students studying a specific discipline. One award may be looking at a student’s overall academic performance and extracurricular activities, while another may looking at the grades in only one specific course. Awards terms can vary greatly, so it is important to look at the specific conditions in the award descriptions.

At minimum, students must have met the following criteria to be considered for any in-course award:

  • Enrolment in a first degree program
  • Completion of at least 24 units of the Fall/Winter Terms
  • Received a minimum sessional average of 9.5 with no failures

In-course students are also eligible for Specific Achievement Awards.

Click here to view the full academic regulations and conditions for eligibility to receive In-Course Awards (Award Category B) and Specific Achievement Awards (Award Category D).

When to Apply

In-course award application season for the 2017-18 year will begin during the Winter 2018 term.

How to Apply

Students can now apply through Mosaic in your student centre:

  • Click ‘Apply for Financial Aid’
  • Choose ‘Aid by Application’

If you have any trouble or questions, please contact Nancy Solano, Awards Officer, at solanon@mcmaster.ca