Frequently Asked Questions


Who are members of MAPS?

Who are members of MAPS?

MAPS' membership includes:

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in fewer than 18 academic units of study over Terms 1 and 2 (September - April)
  • Students enrolled at the Centre for Continuing Education


What membership fees do I pay as a MAPS member?

The current MAPS fee is $7 per academic unit of study. So a part-time student taking 12 units in an academic session would pay $7X12 = $84.


How do MSU and MAPS fees compare?

Here is a comparison of the maximum fees a part-time students would pay compared to full-time students.

Note: As most part-time students do not take 17 units; example is provided to show what happens at the 'tipping point' between student memberships.




(based on 17 units)
(based on 18 units)




(17 units @ $7/unit)







WUSC Refuge Students



HSR Bus Pass



Student Centre



(18 units @ $0.63/unit)

Incite Publication



MSU Health Insurance

 Option to buy


MSU Dental Plan

 Option to buy


Marching Band



Solar Car



Engineers Without Boarders






Fees paid to the university

Athletics & Recreation Building



(18 units @ $4.51/unit)

Student Health Services



Student Services Fee



(18 units @ $4.38/unit)

Athletics & Recreation Activity Fee

$  85.51


(17 units @ $5.03/unit)
(18 units @ $4.56/unit)

Admin Services Fee

$  20.06


(17 units @ $1.18/unit)
(max 35.40)




Academic Society Fees

Fees vary by faculty/division




Do MAPS services include prescription drug reimbursement or other forms of health insurance?

As of September 2014, MAPS members may opt-in to the health and dental plan offered through the McMaster Students Union (MSU). As this is an optional program, members who wish to purchase coverage need to do so no later than September 30th in the fall and no later than January 30th in the winter (depending on when you become a part-time student).

You can find more information regarding the opt-in plan by visiting our offices or clicking here.

Where is the MAPS office and lounge located?

Our student lounge and offices are in the McMaster University Student Centre in room 234 on the second floor. Click here for more information.

Is MAPS a member of national or provincial student organizations?

No. MAPS was a member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2011 to 2014. MAPS will work with other student associations on issues of shared concern.

I’ve been a part-time student in the past but I registered in 18 or more units this term. Can I continue as a member of MAPS?

If you are registered in 18 or more academic units in an academic session, you are, by definition a full-time student and a member of the MSU. In a limited number of circumstances, students may transfer their membership from MSU to MAPS or MAPS to MSU. More information is available here.

As a part-time student, may I vote in campus elections and referenda?

Each year MAPS members are asked to nominate and elect members to the Board of Directors, and vote on matters of business of the Association (normally to appoint the Auditors for the fiscal year).

Members do this through:

  • The Annual General Referendum (held each Spring)
  • Other referenda, as may be called by the Board of Directors
  • General or Special Meetings of the Membership

All undergraduate students (full and part-time) may vote to elect student representatives to the

  • McMaster University Board of Governors
  • University Senate
  • University Planning Committee

You cannot, however, vote for the MSU president, SRA members, or on MSU sponsored referenda questions. Only full-time students - MSU members - get to vote in MSU sponsored elections.

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Health and Dental
Opt-in Period
is now CLOSED

The Term 1 Opt-in period to purchase coverage in the MSU's Health and Dental Plan closed on September 30th.

The Term 2 Opt-in period will run from January 5-29, 2016. The premium for 8 months coverage will be announced shortly.


MAPS Is Your Campus Store Pick Up Location


MAPS-MSU Transfers are closed for 2015-16

Campus Store Pick-up Service is available for anyone making purchases at the Campus Store online.

For more information, click on the Campus Store Logo




The online membership transfer system developed by MAPS, the MSU, and representatives from Student Accounts and Cashiers, Student Accessibility Services, and the Registrar's office resulted in significant improvements in processing time for membership transfers. Stakeholders will be reviewing the results over the next few months to see if further improvements can be made.



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