Award Amount and Period of Award
Merit award amounts are listed on student award letters. The maximum award period for Merit aid is four consecutive years. Awards are applied to tuition over four years of undergraduate study (maximum of eight semesters), beginning with the semester in which the student is admitted. Merit awards do not need to be repaid.
University and Early Identification Scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to renew their scholarship annually. Renewal of Admission Scholarships requires a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA annually. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be notified of their award cancellation via email by the financial aid office.
Awards require full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits per semester).
Change of Residency
Merit awards may be reduced or cancelled if student residency status changes at any point in their academic career.
Transfer of scholarship
Matriculated students may request deferment of their merit-based admissions scholarship for one semester in the event that:
- They are enrolled less than full-time standing; or
- They are participating in co-op or internship; or
- They are taking a leave of absence for any other reason other than low academic performance
- The student must submit a Leave of Absence form and notify email@example.com upon re-entry
Use of funds and combining additional scholarships/resources
Merit awards are designated for tuition only. Merit awards will be cancelled if a student receives any additional aid, scholarship, benefit or resource that pays full tuition. This applies to the receipt of additional Mason or non-Mason awards. Merit awards may also be reduced if a student receives any additional aid, scholarship, benefit or resource that specifically pays the difference between resident and non-resident tuition costs. Students should notify the Office of Student Financial Aid if they anticipate receipt of any additional aid or resources.
Current scholars who have maintained eligibility may use a merit scholarship for approved study abroad programs. Refer to the links below for more information about Study Abroad.
- Center for Global Education – For a list of programs, cost breakdowns, and the specifics of your trip. You can also review their site to compare different programs and find paperwork like Budget Sheets.
- Financial Aid (Contact Us) - When thinking about attending or applying to a Study Abroad program, be sure to contact us directly to request an appointment to speak with your financial aid counselor. You can find more information on our page dedicated to study abroad programs.
Merit recipients who fully withdraw from all courses in a semester are subject to a reduction or cancellation of their merit award for that term.
Cost of Attendance
The Office of Student Financial Aid establishes an estimated cost of attendance for each Mason student. The student’s combined financial aid (including internal and external scholarships, federal and state financial aid and tuition benefits/resources) cannot exceed the established cost of attendance. If a student receives aid that exceeds the cost of attendance, the student’s financial aid package, including merit funds, will be revised in order to stay within the student’s cost of attendance. Every effort is made to first reduce loan funds awarded to the student, however some revisions of aid will result in a reduction or cancellation of merit or institutional grant funds.
Deferment of Admission
Merit award recipients who wish to defer their admission term should contact the Mason Office of Admissions. Due to residency status changes after deferring admission, merit awards are subject to reduction or cancellation.