FAQs

What is the MSU? 

The McMaster Students Union (MSU) is the largest group on campus. Representing the approximately 24,000 undergraduate students of McMaster, all students enrolled in 18 (or more units) are members of the MSU.

What does the MSU do?

The MSU serves students in two main areas; political representation and the enhancement of student life.

The MSU operates over 30 business and services to serve the needs of students. As well, the MSU is the front line of student advocacy. The MSU advocates for student interests at the university, municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Who are my representatives?

At the department/faculty level, every student is represented by members of the Student Representative Assembly (SRA). Each faculty is represented in the SRA by a number of student leaders weighted to the size of the faculty (larger faculties posses more student representatives). Moreover, at the university, provincial and federal levels, students are represented by the Executive of the MSU, comprised of the President and three Vice Presidents.

Who is the Executive of the MSU?

There are four members of the Executive, called the Board of Directors. For 2019-2020 academic year, the Board of Directors consists of:

What are my student fees? 

Paid within your tution fee are several university fees and several MSU fees.

2019/2020 MSU Membership Fees
 
Fees administered by the MSU:
$133.26 for the MSU Operating Fund, broken down into;
      Academic Support $15.50 (E)
      Campus Events $17.20 (NE)
      Campus Safety $14.20 (E)
      Capital Building $13.00 (E)
      Child Care $3.56 (NE)
      CLAY $2.00 (NE)
      Clubs Funding $10.00 (NE)
      Compass $3.00 (NE)
      Emergency Grants $2.00 (NE)
      First Year Council $2.00 (NE)
      Health and Counseling $18.00 (E)
      Horizons $2.00 (NE)
      Mac Farmstand $1.00 (NE)
      MACycle $2.25 (NE)
      Maroons $2.00 (NE)
      Provincial Advocacy Initiatives $3.50 (NE)
      Recreation $9.00 (E)
      Shinerama Fundraising Initiative Team $1.50 (NE)
      Silhouette $9.00 (NE)
      Spark $2.25 (NE).
$106.00 for the MSU Health Plan (E);
$126.50 for the MSU Dental Plan (E);
$13.72 for the 93.3 CFMU-FM Operating and Capital Funds (NE);
$1.63 for World University Service of Canada Refugee Scholarship (NE);
$216.73 for HSR Bus Pass, payable to the HSR Transit Commission (E).
$0.67 per unit to a maximum of 30 units for the MSU-MUSC Operating Fee, payable to MUSC (E).
 
Fees administered by non-MSU, non-University bodies:
$1.06 for, and administered by, Incite (NE);
$5.50 for, and administered by, OPIRG-McMaster (NE);
$1.11 for the McMaster Solar Car Project (NE);
$0.41 for, and administered by, Engineers Without Borders (NE);
$0.99 for, and administered by, the McMaster Marching Band (NE).
 
McMaster University fees, approved by MSU referenda:
$1.27 per unit to a maximum of 30 units for the Transcripts, Letters, Tax Forms & Certificates Fee (Formerly Administrative Services Fee) (E);
$5.00 per unit to a maximum of 30 units for the Sports Complex Building Fee (E);
$439.88* for the Student Services Fee, broken down into;
      $250.78 for the Athletics and Recreation Activity Fee (E)
      $79.53 for the Student Success Centre (E)
      $109.57 for the Student Wellness Centre (E).
 
*Effective Fee as of September 1, 2017
 
(E) = Essential Supplementary Fees as of September 1, 2019
(NE) = Non-Essential Supplementary Fees as of September 1, 2019

What is the HSR Bus pass?

The HSR Bus Pass gives you unlimited access to HSR transit from September 1 to August 31. You cannot opt out of the bus pass fee. For full details, please click here

What are the MSU Health and Dental Plans?

The MSU, through our underwriters ACL Student Benefits, provides both a health and dental plan. If you can demonstrate proof of comparable coverage, you may opt-out of either or both of these plans and recieve a refund. Opt-outs must be completed by September 30th. For more information on the coverage you recieve throught these plans, or for the process to opt-out, please click here.

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