The Value of a Mason Education

Mason is recognized for providing the highest quality education at an affordable price. This past year alone, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked Mason as one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public College on its national list, and Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity ranked Mason number 68 among the Top 100 of “America’s Best College Buys.”

As a large, public research institution in the heart of northern Virginia’s technology corridor, just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., Mason students gain unparalleled academic and career advantages. Virginia’s State Council of Higher Education placed Mason at the top of the list of Virginia schools for highest average starting salary of its graduates, making Mason a smart investment for your college future.

”At George Mason and through the Honors College, Ryan has created relationships with his professors that students in other schools don't have an opportunity to form. Mason is everything and more than what I expected for his college career. He is extremely happy, and the opportunities are endless!”

-Parents of Ryan Thornton, Class of 2016 (Wexford, PA)

Financing Your Education

A college degree is one of the most valuable investments you can make in not only your education, but also in helping you to obtain a promising career and future. As one of the greatest values in education, Mason provides you with an affordable and wise college choice, academic quality, opportunities for top tier internships, and career networking that will assist you upon graduation.

Many Mason students receive some kind of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. In order to assist you with the financial aid process, Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) has a team of dedicated professionals available to help you and your family. The OSFA staff will work with you annually as you re-apply for financial assistance each year you attend Mason.

If you’re interested in applying for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov and submit it to the federal processor by March 1 of every year. It is best to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 because some fund types are limited and therefore are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information regarding financial aid at Mason, visit financialaid.gmu.edu or call 703-993-2353.

Merit Scholarships

Mason awards millions of dollars every year in scholarships to incoming freshmen. These awards not only recognize strong academic talent and achievement, but they also recognize special talents and other personal characteristics, without regard to an applicant’s financial need.

All freshman applicants who apply by November 10 (the Early Action application deadline) will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions and the Scholarship Committee. Students who apply Early Action are notified of their admissions decisions by mid-December, and the Scholarship Committee notifies students if they were awarded a scholarship no later than February.

“From the time he visited during an 8th grade school trip, Shane knew he wanted to attend college in the DC area. Despite being a long way from Texas, Mason was inviting and stayed in touch during Shane’s college search. In choosing George Mason, he found a home away from home- a place that encouraged student participation and a place where his self-confidence blossomed. We couldn’t be happier with his experience while attending George Mason. We are very proud of the student and young man he developed into as a result of his time at GMU.”

-Father of Shane Smith, Class of 2013 (Dallas, TX)

2014-2015 Tuition

The costs for full-time undergraduate students attending Mason for the 2014–2015 academic year are listed below. Room and board (food) costs are averages and vary based on the student’s choice of meal plan, residence hall, on-campus apartment and off-campus apartment.

In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition $10,657/year $30,235/year
Room (residence hall) $6,000 $6,000
Board (base plan) $4,100 $4,100
Per Year Total $20,757 $40,335

* Room and board costs vary based on the student’s choice in residence hall and meal plan.

For tuition costs and fees per credit hour, please visit http://studentaccounts.gmu.edu/tuition.html.

Mason Money

Mason Money is our on-campus debit card system. Two account types are available:

  • Mason Money-Food Service: Can be used at all dining locations on a sales tax exempt basis for a-la-carte purchases or to cover excess equivalency purchases.
  • Mason Money-Retail: Can be used for various purchases and fees, such as the Bookstore, Parking Services, and Health Services, as well as express locations for bottled drinks and pre-packaged snacks.

You may establish your account by prepayment of cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. For more information, visit the Mason Money website or call the All-University Card Office at 703-993-2870.

“Truly, GMU has been a great fit for our son Alain; he has benefited from a caring advisor and exceptionally qualified professors . There are so many opportunities for a variety of clubs, intra-mural sports, and fitness classes. The proximity to D.C. allows for many outings, whether they are class-related, for community service or for entertainment. Our son Alain is in good hands!”

-Parents of Alain Jacobsen, Class of 2017 (Baker, MT)

“George Mason has given my daughter the chance to be involved in, not just a university, but a community. There are organizations for every individual and even though it’s a large campus, it has a small campus “feel.” I think that this has been the perfect school for her in a location that offers many opportunities.”

-Mother of Heather Gonyeau, Class of 2016 (Feeding Hills, MA)

“We knew GMU was the best fit for Alex from the start. As a music major, Alex was looking for a non-conservatory university and she found that at Mason. Mason has great diversity, faculty, curriculum and proximity to cultural arts job opportunities on the East Coast. The experience of watching our daughter shine and mature as an Ambassador, Sigma Alpha Iota leader, and as the primary keyboardist in the Pep Band will leave us all with lasting memories!”

-Parents of Alex Interlandi, Class of 2015 (Old Saybrook, CT)

Net Price Calculator

If you are applying to Mason as a first-time freshman, you can review your opportunities for possible financial assistance while attending Mason, by visiting our Net Price Calculator. Please note - the Net Price Calculator will provide an estimate of awards for which you might be eligible. This Calculator is offered only as a “planning tool” for you and your family, as stipulated by federal guidelines.

To access George Mason University’s Net Price Calculator, visit: http://financialaid.gmu.edu/NPC/npcalc.htm.