Tuition, Expenses, and Financial Aid
- Tuition and Fees
- Financial Aid
North Chesapeake Module, Room 11
4400 University Drive, MS 2E2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tuition and Fees
- Students are responsible for maintaining current addresses via Patriot Web (patriotweb.gmu.edu) and activating and checking their George Mason University e-mail accounts.
- Registration will not be considered completed unless all outstanding balances are paid in full.
- By registering for classes, students accept responsibility for charges for the entire semester.
- Payments are due in the Cash Office, Student Union Building (SUB) I, Room 104, on or before 4:30 p.m. on due dates, regardless of postmark if mailed. Check, Visa, and MasterCard payments made on Patriot Web must be completed by 10:30 p.m. to be considered in that day's business. For more information on payment due dates and penalties, refer to the payment schedule and Academic Calendar in the Schedule of Classes.
- Students who have not completed the financial aid process must be prepared to pay for their courses by the tuition due date or late payment fees will apply. The amount of financial aid accepted and processed will be reflected in the account balance. If the amount of aid awarded is less than the charges, the difference must be paid by the tuition due date. Federal loan borrowers must submit a completed promissory note at least four weeks before the payment due date for these funds to be considered in the balance. Federal work-study awards cannot be deducted from the balance.
- Failure to receive a reminder bill confirming charges does not waive the requirement for payment when due. Balances are available via Patriot Web.
- Students are responsible for dropping unwanted courses (including waitlist courses) by the drop dates and using
the drop and withdrawal procedures published in each term's Schedule of Classes. Full or partial tuition liability may apply.
- Nonreturning students are responsible for submitting a written withdrawal to the Offices of the Registrar, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Financial Aid. Penalties may apply.
- Some of Mason's degree programs include academic credits that students must earn at other academic institutions. Students enrolling for such credits assume all financial responsibility directly with the other institutions.
- Students enrolling in Mason's off-campus courses are assessed tuition and fees at the same rates as those for
2007-08 Semester Tuition Charges
(subject to change)
Approved tuition rates are available June 1. For more information, call Student Accounts at 703-993-2484, or go to
studentaccounts.gmu.edu. Students are charged tuition rates according to their academic level; graduate rates vary.
Full-time (12-16 credits) $3,420 N/A*
Per credit $285 $337
Full-time (12-16 credits) $9,864 N/A*
Per credit $822 $845
* Graduate students are charged by the credit.
These fees apply to all students and are subject to change:
Application Fee, Undergraduate $50
Application Fee, Graduate $70
Lab Fee $25
AVT Arts Bus Fee $50
SOM, AVT Course Fee
(per credit) $15
Volgenau, CVPA, SCS
Course Fee (per credit) $10
New Student Fee $160 (nonrefundable)
Graduate New Student Fee $60 (nonrefundable)
International Student Health
Insurance Fee $1,345
Note: New student fees are mandatory and nonrefundable, and are charged to the account of every newly admitted student at the time of registration, regardless of orientation attendance or enrollment status.
Students are required to pay full or partial tuition for courses they drop after the last day to drop with full tuition refund. For more information, see the tuition liability dates in the Academic Calendar in the Schedule of Classes. In cases where tuition liability is less than the payments on the student's account, a refund of the overpayment may be requested.
The refund request form is available online at the Student
Accounts web site. Check refunds will be mailed to the address on file with the university. Credit card refunds will be credited back to the card that was used for the original payment.
Students not enrolled in a credit-bearing course, but whose academic department certifies that they are pursuing an activity related to Mason matriculation, can retain active status by having the Registrar's Office process a registration for the Special Registration course (ZREG 200). A $45 fee is charged for this course, and students must pay this fee before the Registrar's Office will process the registration. Written approval of the student's advisor or instructor and the academic department chair is required. This special registration allows students to retain their library and computer privileges, receive a student ID, and buy a parking decal. Students must have active status to apply for or receive a degree, take an exam, or participate in cooperative education. Students pursuing a master's or doctoral degree must maintain continuous enrollment. For more information, see the Graduate Policies section in the Academic Policies chapter.
Health insurance is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders, and nonpayment may result in class cancellation. The health insurance fee is deducted from all payments received by the university before funds are applied to tuition or other charges. For more information, see the Admission of International Students section in the Admissions chapter.
Private music instruction is arranged through the Department of Music on a fee-paying basis. A half-hour lesson (1 credit) is $164.50; an hour lesson (2 or 3 credits), $329. Note: This fee is subject to change.
To be eligible for in-state tuition, a student must have been domiciled in Virginia for at least one full year before the semester for which in-state tuition is sought or qualify through statutory exception. A person establishes domicile by demonstrating physical presence and the intention to remain indefinitely in accordance with Virginia domicile guidelines. Copies of the guidelines and other applicable state laws are available from the Office of the Registrar or at
Undergraduate students who have established Virginia
domicile and eligibility for in-state tuition will be subject
to a surcharge if they exceed 125 percent of the credit hours
required to complete a degree.The surcharge will be determined by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.
The following courses and credit hours shall be excluded in calculating the 125 percent credit-hour threshold: remedial courses; transfer credits from another college or university that do not meet degree requirements for general education courses or the student's chosen program of study; Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits that were obtained while in high school or another secondary school program; and dual enrollment, college-level credits obtained by the student prior to receiving a high school diploma.
Domicile classification is determined at the time of a student's admission. To be considered for in-state status when applying to the university, students must file an application for in-state rates.
New and currently enrolled students classified as out-of-state who believe they qualify for in-state tuition after being admitted must file a domicile appeal form with the Office of the Registrar no later than the first day of classes for the semester in which in-state rates are sought. Appeal forms are available from the Office of the Registrar and at
Students whose appeals are denied have the right to seek further review of their status by the Office of the Registrar or the Third-Level Domicile Appeals Committee. These requests must be filed in a timely manner as stated in denial letters. Forms are available from the Registrar's Office and the web site. In addition, students should be aware that university procedures for appealing domicile decisions have been established pursuant to state law and are subject to change. Out-of-state students with an appeal pending at the time of tuition billing are responsible for payment at that rate. Students subsequently determined to be in-state may request reimbursement of overpayment from the Office of Student Accounts. Any student who fraudulently or knowingly provides false information in an attempt to evade payment of out-of-state tuition will be charged out-of-state tuition for each term or semester attended and may be subject to dismissal from the institution.
For more information regarding in-state eligibility, contact Domicile Administration in the Registrar's Office in North Chesapeake Module, Room 8; phone: 703-993-2464; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web: Patriot Web (patriotweb.gmu.edu), online checks, MasterCard, or Visa.
Window: Cash Office, SUB I, Room 104, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Drop Box: Outside Cash Office, SUB I, Room 104
U.S. Mail: George Mason University, Cash Office, 4400 University Drive, MS 2E1, Fairfax, VA 22030. Postmarks are not considered proof-of-payment date.
Cash: At window only, Cash Office, SUB I, Room 104
Check: Payable to George Mason University, with student ID number written on front. Third-party checks are not accepted. Checks must be payable in U.S. dollars.
Credit card (subject to credit approval): MasterCard or Visa. Daytime phone number must be provided. Written authorizations or patriotweb.gmu.edu.
Fax: 703-993-2492. Use fax payment authorization form, available at studentaccounts.gmu.edu.
Payment is due the first day of the semester. See the payment
schedule in the Schedule of Classes. Payments received at the Cash Office by 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday will be considered in that day's business. Check, Visa, and
MasterCard payments made on Patriot Web must be completed
by 10:30 p.m. to be considered in that day's business. To
confirm receipt of payment and balance due on an account,
go to patriotweb.gmu.edu. Allow ample time for processing payments.
The Mason semester payment plan is available for students who need to budget a minimum of $500 and wish to make two payments. Payments for Study Abroad and Global Education programs and International Student Health Insurance cannot be deferred. A payment contract, available on the Student
Accounts web site, must be submitted to the Cash Office with a down payment of one-half of the contract amount plus fee. The contract fee is $25 and nonrefundable. Failure to pay the outstanding balance will result in a financial hold, a late fee up to $250, and university collection activity. Failure to pay may prevent students from being eligible to use this contract in future semesters.
The Sallie Mae TuitionPay monthly installment plan allows students to budget all or part of their tuition, room, and meal expenses in equal monthly payments. Budgets are determined by the student or parent. A life insurance benefit is included in this plan. A minimum budget of $500 is required, and a fee is charged. Failure to make budget payments will result in a canceled plan, financial suspension, a late fee up to $250, and normal university collection activity. For more information, call Sallie Mae TuitionPay, 800-635-0120.
Students may use a third-party billing authorization if their employer or agency accepts the responsibility for tuition and fees payment. Students must submit the third-party billing authorization, financial guarantee letter, or government training voucher to the Student Accounts Office before the tuition due date. All third-party arrangements incur a $25 processing fee, which is nonrefundable. Students may receive an individual bill and are responsible for any default in payments by the sponsoring agency. For a copy of third-party billing procedures, call 703-993-2484 or go to
studentaccounts.gmu.edu, and select the Third-Party Billing information link.
A late registration fee of $250 is automatically assessed to students who add their first class for the semester on the first day of classes or after. It does not apply to students already enrolled prior to the start of classes who make schedule adjustments. Late registration fees are nonrefundable and will not be removed, regardless of enrollment status.
Failure to make any payment on or before the due date results in a late fee of 10 percent, up to $250.
Classes will not be canceled for nonpayment of tuition. Students must drop classes they do not plan to complete by the payment due date to avoid the late payment fee on those classes.
A $25 fee will be charged for each unpaid check returned by the bank. If the returned check results in an unpaid account, an additional late fee up to $250 may be charged, and a financial hold will be placed on the account.
Students who are not in good financial standing with the university will be placed on financial suspension. While on suspension, students are not allowed to register for future semesters or receive any student services, including the
release of transcripts, diplomas, or any other student records. Outstanding obligations may include, but are not limited
to, fines owed for traffic and parking violations, and debts owed to libraries of institutions and participating public
libraries of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington
Failure to meet financial obligations to the university may result in the delinquent account being placed with a collection agency, the withholding of money from tax returns, and other collection procedures. Students are responsible for costs incurred by the university to collect delinquent accounts.
Office of Housing and Residence Life
Ground floor of Potomac Heights
The university offers a variety of housing options to meet the diverse needs of students living on campus. Upperclass
students may choose from living environments that include
traditional-style residence halls, suites, apartments, and townhouses. The university requires freshmen to live in Presidents Park or University Commons, which have traditional-
style residence hall rooms that accommodate five, three, or two students. The estimated housing costs for the 2007-08 academic year are approximately $3,240 to $7,250 per year. Housing rates are subject to change; actual rates will be available early in the spring 2007 semester on the Office of Housing and Residence Life web site. 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. For more information, contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life, which is located on the ground floor of Potomac Heights in the wing closest to the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
SUB II, Room 2014
Meal Plan Office
SUB II, Lower Level, Room 1013
Dining Services offers a variety of food options for students living on campus or commuting to any of the three Mason campuses. The Dining Services locations on the Fairfax Campus include a traditional all-you-care-to-eat dining facility, Ciao Hall, in SUB II; Damon's, Damon's Express, Jazzman's, Chik-fil-A in SUB I; and several options including a food court featuring national names, such as Charlie Chiang's, Burger King, and Taco Bell Express, in the Johnson Center. Dining Services units are also located on the Arlington and Prince William Campuses.
For the 2007-08 academic year, meal plans for students living
on campus range from approximately $2,100 to $3,350 per year (rates are subject to change). A variety of meal-plan
options are available for resident students, off-campus students, faculty, and staff.
Dining Plan Changes
Meal Plan Office
SUB II, Lower Level, Room 1013
Increases in meal plans may be made at any time; however, the last day to decrease mandatory meal plans coincides with the last day to add classes. Seniors with 90 credits or students living in the townhouses, apartments, Liberty Square, or
Potomac Heights 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.
Sandy Creek Parking Office
Students who park their vehicles on university property must register them with Parking Services and pay a fee for a parking permit. Permits are available on an annual, semester, or summer basis. For permit sales, fine payments, special requests, or problems, go to the Sandy Creek Parking Office. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For more information, read the Parking Policy section in the General Policies chapter of this catalog, or go to
www.gmu.edu/univserv/parking for current information and rates.
Office of Student Financial Aid
South Chesapeake Module
The Office of Student Financial Aid provides a variety of services to help students finance their education. They include counseling, referral and information resources, and financial assistance. Student financial aid awards consist of grants, loans, and work-study. Awards are based primarily on financial need, although there are some alternative resources available for those who may not qualify for need-based aid.
The office has a comprehensive listing of various scholarship opportunities for students to research on the financial aid web page. Students are encouraged to review the scholarship information early and frequently to meet deadlines, since the listings are updated often.
Located in South Chesapeake Module, the office is open
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Financial aid counselors are assigned to students alphabetically based on students' last names and are available daily by appointment.
To apply for financial aid, each year new and currently enrolled students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). George Mason's federal school code for the FAFSA is 003749. Priority consideration for all sources of financial aid is given to those students whose financial aid applications are on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid by March 1. To meet this priority filing date, students should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. The FAFSA can be filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or a paper copy can be obtained from the office.
Financial aid for summer is generally limited to students who have remaining Federal Pell Grant or federal loan eligibility. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for specifics regarding eligibility. The summer aid application is available online and in the office on April 1.
All students receiving financial aid must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program for at least half-time in any given semester; maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Student Financial Aid, in accordance with federal guidelines (see below); and be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
All aid recipients are responsible for becoming familiar and complying with applicable federal and state laws, university regulations, Mason student aid information resources, and
the student aid satisfactory academic progress policy. This policy is detailed in the glossary section of the home page
of financialaid.gmu.edu and in the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Academic Progress Standards
Federal legislation governing the administration of federal programs requires colleges and universities to define and
enforce standards of progress for students receiving or applying for financial aid. To comply with this legislation, the Office of Student Financial Aid has established a formal satisfactory academic progress policy. For detailed information, go to the Student Financial Aid home page at financialaid.gmu.edu or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
The university administers the following federal, state, and other aid programs:
Federal programs: These include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (FPLUS). For more information, refer to the Student Guide for Federal Financial Aid, which is available in the Office of Student Financial Aid, or go to the Student Financial Aid home page at
State programs for undergraduate Virginia residents: Eligibility for all state programs is based on results received from the FAFSA. State grant funds are limited, so adherence to the March 1 priority filing date is critical.
Virginia Commonwealth Award: This program is open to undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need, are enrolled at least half time, and are domiciliary residents of Virginia.
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP): This program is a component of the Virginia Commonwealth Award Program that is open to students who demonstrated academic achievement in high school. VGAP awards are renewable for up to four years.
College Scholarship Assistance Program (CSAP) Grant: This program uses a combination of federal and state funds to provide additional assistance to students who are enrolled at least half time, are Virginia residents, and who demonstrate significant financial need.
Graduate student assistance: Assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships exclusive of the federal financial aid programs identified earlier are administered by the individual graduate programs. Students interested in pursuing graduate assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships should contact their graduate program.
Emergency Loan Programs
Mary E. Ferguson Emergency Loan Program: Currently enrolled students may borrow funds for legitimate emergencies, excluding tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Emergency loans must be repaid within 30 days; overdue payments result in a late charge of $5 for each 30 days past due. Failure to repay the loan within 30 days without requesting an extension for a reasonable justification will result in financial suspension. Students financially suspended for nonpayment of an emergency loan are ineligible for any future emergency loans. Application is made through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Doug Beaman Emergency Loan Program: The George Mason University Alumni Association established an emergency loan fund through which students may borrow up to $100 with repayment due within 30 days. The program is available to all students, with priority given to children of alumni. Application is made through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Lisa Kenaga Memorial Student Emergency Loan Fund: The Office of Student Financial Aid has established an emergency loan fund through which currently enrolled students may borrow funds for legitimate emergencies, excluding tuition and fees. Emergency loans must be repaid within
30 days with a $10 processing fee; overdue payment results in a late charge of $5 for each 30 days past due. Failure to repay the loan within 30 days without requesting an extension for a reasonable justification results in financial suspension. Students financially suspended for nonpayment of an emergency loan are ineligible for future emergency loans. Application is made through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Please see the Reserve Officer Training Corps section in the Academic Programs and Resources chapter.