Updates for Students

Mason is providing guidelines to help you have a great semester as you return to our campuses.


All students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, including a booster. You can get a vaccine on the Fairfax Campus.

If you have questions, Student Health Services has set up a COVID FAQ  and General Vaccine Requirement FAQ resource pages.  


Mason campuses are mask-optional, except in certain event venues, health care settings, on public transit, or child care settings. However, if you're more comfortable wearing a mask, feel free to continue. We still encourage you to wear a mask indoors.

There are several minor and targeted exceptions requiring masks listed on the Face Coverings page. If you are in a situation requiring a mask, but need a medical exemption from wearing a mask, visit the Office of Disability Services for more information. 

Mason offers a free N-95 mask to students at Mason's COVID test sites and information kiosks on the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech Campuses. 

COVID Health Check 

Residential students are encouraged to complete the Mason COVID Health Check every day, and all students are encouraged to complete it before coming to campus and participating in on-campus activities. It's required when testing, and is available for use by event managers, instructors, etc. 

COVID Testing 

Summer residential students will be required to test at three points throughout the summer: the weeks of May 23, July 4, and August 15. Symptomatic students are required to receive a diagnostic test at Student Health Services.     

  • Unvaccinated students are encouraged to participate in routine testing (once or more per week). 

  • Vaccinated residential students are encouraged to participate in testing once every two weeks (or two tests per month). 

  • Unvaccinated residential students are encouraged to participate in testing as frequently as twice a week.  

  • Vaccinated students in high-contact roles such as dance, athletics, and some student/employee support roles will be selected and encouraged to participate in periodic testing. 

If you need a diagnostic test, isolate, and contact Student Health Services at 703-993-2831 to seek evaluation and testing. If you’re enrolled at Mason, even if you don't have insurance, you’re eligible for treatment at SHS. 

If You’re Symptomatic 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you’ve been exposed, call Student Health Services at 703-993-2831 for medical advice and testing options, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. 

If you’re sick, stay home unless you’re seeking medical care. 

If You Test Positive 

Student Health Services will provide care to residential students who are positive and symptomatic, and Mason will provide accommodations and/or support to residential students who remain on campus during their quarantine or isolation

Non-residential students who test positive should reach out to their primary care provider for medical care. If they need medical care and do not have a primary care provider, they can reach out to Student Health Services for medical care. 

Isolation and Quarantine

The Ángel Cabrera Global Center is Mason's Fairfax Campus isolation and quarantine space. It can hold up to 280 students.  

Student Health Services (SHS) will make a formal determination if you’re required to quarantine or isolate. Some students will be allowed to stay in their residence halls.   

If you need a higher level of care, you’ll be referred to INOVA Hospital or the nearest emergency room.  

Books and Course Materials 

We strongly encourage you to purchase textbooks and course materials online prior to the start of the semester for home delivery.  

As of January 18, online orders might take up to 48 hours to process because of high volume and staffing shortages. We anticipate quicker processing times after the first week of classes. 

Financial Aid 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) is part of federal COVID-19 emergency grants provided to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Apply for a HEERF grant.

  • Enrolled, degree / certificate seeking students eligible for financial aid as set forth by FAFSA can apply for aid under the COVID-19 Cares Act. 

  • If you’re undocumented, you can apply for financial aid through the Virginia Alternative State Aid Application (VASA).  

Mason Shuttle 

Spring service is offered for all routes except the On-Demand shuttle. Check the Mason Shuttles website for spring 2022 schedules and an overview of shuttle schedule changes from the fall semester 

Reminders about riding Mason Shuttles: 

  • Shuttles are free to students and employees. 
  • Mason IDs are required. 
  • Every bus is outfitted with a bike rack and Wi-Fi. 
  • Masks are required at all times on Mason Shuttles. 
  • No guest riders permitted until further notice. 


Contact Mason Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 703-993-2380 for reasons ranging from anxiety or relationship distress to suicidal ideation or other serious mental health issues during regular business hours.

After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, Mason partners with crisis hotline Protocall Services to provide crisis services for our students.

Protocall is staffed by licensed clinicians to provide crisis intervention and referral services from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. weekdays and 24 hours on weekends. Call the CAPS number, 703-993-2380, then press 1 to be connected to Protocall.

Access in-person and virtual well-being programs through the Center for the Advancement of Well-BeingStudent Involvement, and Mason Recreation

Recreation and Exercise 

Recreation centers, training areas, athletic and exercise spaces and facilities follow recommendations and requirements from Virginia, the NCAA, the Atlantic 10, CDC guidelines and our Safe Return Plan.   

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