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2002-03 University Catalog

Tuition, Expenses, and Financial Aid




Phone: (703) 993-2720
Office of Housing and Residence Life
Modular Office on Buffalo Creek Court

George Mason University offers a variety of conveniently located housing options to meet the diverse needs of students living on campus. Upper-class students may choose from among living environments that include traditional-style residence halls, suites, apartments, and townhouses. The university requires freshman students to live in Presidents Park, traditional-style residence halls in quints, triples, and doubles. Housing costs for the 2002-2003 academic year will be approximately $1,385 to $2,250 per semester. All students in housing must provide a prepayment, which is applied to the spring semester rent. Housing assignments, including single rooms, are made on a priority and space-available basis.

Students living on campus are required to sign an academic (two-semester) year contract. Releases from the contract are granted only in cases of unforeseen hardship and carry a financial penalty. To obtain information regarding a contract release, contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life located in the Housing Module, on Buffalo Creek Court behind the Universtiy Commons residence cluster.

Dining Services

Student Union Building II, Room 2014
Phone: (703) 993-3300

Meal Plan Office
Student Union Building II, Lower Level, Room 1013
Phone: (703) 993-2870


George Mason Dining Services offers a variety of food options for students living on campus or commuting to any of the three George Mason campuses. The Dining Services locations at the Fairfax Campus include a traditional all-you-care-to-eat dining facility called Ultimate Dining at Ciao Hall, Student Union Building II; Union Station at Student Union Building I, and in the Johnson Center, several options including a food court featuring national names such as Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell Express; La Patisserie, a gourmet coffee shop; Mason's Market, featuring comfort foods; low-fat ethnic cuisine in the Bistro; and convenience stores. Dining Services units are also located at the Arlington and Prince William Campuses.

Meal plans for students living on campus range from $880 to $1,240 a semester. Students commuting to campus may choose from a variety of meal plans that range from $125 to $465 a semester. Faculty and staff meal plans are also available.

Dining Plan Changes

Meal Plan Office
Student Union Building II, Lower Level, Room 1013
Phone: (703) 993-2870

Increases in meal plans may be made at any time. The last day to decrease mandatory meal plans, however, coincides with the last day to add classes. Seniors with 90 credit hours, or students living in the townhouses or apartments are not required to have a meal plan. Changes must be made at the Meal Plan Office located on the lower level in SUB II, (703) 993-2870.

Motor Vehicle Registration Fee

Student Union Building II, Lower Level, Room 1014
Phone: (703) 993-2710

Students who park their vehicles on university property must register them with Parking Services and pay a fee for a parking decal. Decals are available for a year, semester, summer, or week. For decal sales and fine payments, come to the lower level of Student Union II; hours are Monday Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For special requests or problems, come to Student Union II, Room 1014, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please see the Parking Policy under the General Policies Section of the catalog.