Winter Wednesday Workshop Series 2017

All workshops will take place from 12:30 – 1: 30 p.m.
Registration is on OSCARplus.

Credit Craze

February 1, 2017

Wondering about the whole credit craze? What is credit exactly? How do you choose a credit card? Come and find out how smart credit can work for you, how to build your credit score and future benefits this will have. Snacks and drinks included. Limited space available. This workshop will be facilitated by a money expert.

Money Makeover: Lunch and Learn

February 8, 2017

Do you have trouble paying bills? Would you like to have a debt repayment plan, but don’t know how to get started? Drop in and ask your money questions. Whatever it is, our Money Coach can help. Snacks and drinks included. Limited space available.

Investing 101

February 15, 2017

If you have in interest in learning the basics about investing without the incomprehensible financial jargon, join this workshop. You will learn about stocks, bonds, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), mutual funds and the magic of compounding interest in an easy to understand format and question-friendly environment. . Snacks and drinks included. Limited space available. This workshop will be facilitated by a money expert.

Time to Pay Up: Debt Repayment after Graduation

March 1, 2017

Our money expert will help you learn how to balance your debt repayments within your existing budget and discuss strategies on how to repay your debt quickly. Limited space available.

Fraud and Identity Theft: Don’t be Scammed

March 8, 2017

March is National Fraud Prevention Month. Be in the know and learn about identity theft, debit and credit card theft, email fraud/phishing, mass marketing and internet fraud. It’s increasingly easy for your personal information to be stolen through spyware and viruses, learn how to protect yourself and your information. Limited space available.

To Lease, Rent or Buy: Making Money Decisions

March 15, 2017

This session will explore the differences between leasing or buying a vehicle and the pros and cons associated with both. It will also explore home ownership decisions, the hidden costs and when might be a good time to buy based on your financial goals. Come and learn about the terms used in various scenarios and about 0% financing options. This workshop will be facilitated by a money expert.

The 101 on Student Taxes

March 22, 2017

March 29, 2017

This session will focus on getting you ready to take on your taxes. Learn the basics and the benefits of filling taxes as a student and how you can get money back. Find out what slips you need to provide and how taxes are calculated. Tax appointments will be available in OSCARplus in April. Limited space available. This workshop will be facilitated by a professional accountant.

Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) Tax Lab

March 28, 2017 | 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
March 30, 2017 | 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Bring your laptop and we will show you how to do your taxes. It’s that simple! There will be a number of professional accountants at the workshop to help you access free tax software and complete your return on the spot. Don’t forget to bring your tax slips and we will help with the rest.
What to bring:

  • T4 (Employment income)
  • T4A (Certain scholarships)
  • T5 (Investment income)
  • T2202A (Tuition) Receipts
  • RRSP contribution slips
  • Medical expenses
  • Transit pass receipts
  • Charitable donation receipts
  • Interest paid on your student loans
  • Childcare expenses
  • Moving expenses (students moving at least 40km closer to the University)
  • Rent/Property tax receipts
  • Attendant expenses for persons with disabilities
  • Educational Assistance Payments (EAP portion of RESP withdrawals)
  • Other documentation that you are unsure about
  • Last year’s notice of assessment or reassessment
  • Other CRA correspondence
  • Disability tax credit certificate

Tax Prep Appointments will be coming to OSCARplus in April 2017. Please check back for availability.


Money Coaching

Come by and talk to an accredited money coach every Monday and Wednesday. Our money coach will help you examine your financial situation, discuss possible options and help you create a plan of action that best suits your needs. This service is available to all full-time undergraduates and graduates.


  • Budget Planning
  • Choosing a credit card
  • Making a debt-repayment plan
  • Setting financial goals
  • Investing: Stocks, Bonds and TFSAs
  • Paying bills
  • Banking options
  • Preparing for life after Mac

Appointments and Drop-in Clinics:

Looking for advice or have questions about your financial wellness. Visit us!

Money Mondays: By Appointment

Make an appointment to meet one-on-one with an accredited money coach. Appointments are available every Monday between 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and can be booked through OSCARplus.

Steps to book an appointment:
  1. Log into OSCARplus with your MAC ID.
  2. Select Appointments.
  3. Select Student Success Center Appointments.
  4. Select Mac’s Money Centre.

Concerns regarding your student account or financial aid should be directed to the Student Accounts & Cashiers or Student Financial Aid & Scholarships office respectively.

Financial Wellness Wednesdays: Drop-in Clinic

Drop by Gilmour Hall (GH 110) on Wednesday afternoons to speak with a money coach from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Meetings are 15 minutes and are available on a first-come basis.

Deciding how to spend your money is up to you, but we can help you make good financial decisions that will impact you now and in the future!


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Enriched Start

Mac’s Money Centre has invested in the Enriched Start program to engage and connect McMaster students to a series of videos that are funny, entertaining and insightful .This new program was co-founded by Kevin Cochran and Jay Seabrook with funding partners from CBC’s famous Dragons Den, Bruce Croxon and Jim Treliving. The content is specifically relevant for university students and developed with you in mind.

Take some time to watch the videos; you will be surprised at what you will learn.

This program includes several modules that cover:

  • Money Myths
  • Credit and Credit Cards
  • Careers
  • Your Personal Brand
  • Goal Setting
  • Building Wealth

To get started, simply click the icon below and register with your McMaster email address at the Login menu.

Disclaimer: Please note that the Enriched Start product is external to McMaster and not affiliated with McMaster University. McMaster University does not: (a) control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the information; (b) endorse the views expressed or products or services offered by Enriched Start; (c) endorse or guarantee in any way the organizations, services, advice or products on the Website; or (d) without limiting the foregoing, make any representations or warranties whatsoever in respect of Enriched Start and its services, including without limitation in respect of accuracy of information or quality of services. We recommend you seek out the advice of professional financial advisors prior to making any sizable investments.