Financial Matters

The University provides numerous financial resources for graduate students, from how to manage your Mason student account to how to develop and manage a research grant, not to mention resources to help you finance your education.

Student Accounts

Student Accounts is responsible for invoicing and collecting tuition, fees, room, board and other related charges in a manner consistent with the policies and procedures set forth by George Mason University and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Financial Aid

Graduate students may be eligible to receive assistance from federal financial aid programs, mostly consisting of unsubsidized loans, and from scholarships, fellowships and assistantships administered by the various graduate academic departments.  Several federal agencies and private foundations offer support for students engaged in research in specific fields of study and many corporations provide tuition reimbursement for their employees.  George Mason also offers an interest-free payment plan.

Students who need additional financial support beyond tuition waivers, fellowships or assistantships should apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of your program.

Fellowships

Graduate fellowships provide support to Master’s and Doctoral students for research, writing, fieldwork, language study, professional development, or independent projects undertaken in conjunction with a degree program. The Office of Graduate Fellowships works to increase awareness, participation, and success in extramural fellowship competitions among Mason’s graduate students, with an emphasis on nationally competitive awards. The office offers info sessions and announcements of fellowship competitions; workshops on how to find funding and craft strong applications; one-on-one coaching and feedback during the application process; general fellowship advising for graduate students; and support for faculty mentoring graduate students through the fellowship application process.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Created to assist Mason graduate students with expenses of attending and participating in professional conferences  pertaining to their field.

Dissertation Completion Grants

The Provost’s Office awards Dissertation Completion Grants to doctoral students in their final semester of their dissertation. The Grant enables a student to focus full time on research and writing, improving quality of the work and shortening the time to complete the degree. Dissertation Completion Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

The application process for Spring 2015 Dissertation Completion Grants has concluded. You may view Dissertation Completion Grants Application Guidelines – Spring 2015 for reference.

Summer Research Fellowships

Summer Research Fellowships are awarded by the Provost’s Office and provide financial support to graduate students during the summer term, allowing students to devote significant time to their dissertation or thesis research. The intent of the award is to foster greater professional productivity and to assist in timely degree completion.

The application process for Summer 2015 Research Fellowships is now open. Applications are due to the Office of the Provost by Friday, January 23, 2015. For more information, including eligibility and application instructions, view Summer 2015 Research Fellowships – Guidelines.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are university employment positions held by graduate students who have full-time enrollment, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and are in good academic standing. Assistantships are available in the following three categories:

Graduate Teaching Assistantship: students will participate in the instruction, advising, and evaluation of undergraduates under faculty supervision.

Graduate Research Assistantship: students participate directly in research or research-support activities under faculty supervision

Graduate Professional Assistantship: a non-teaching, non-research assistantship during which students will perform work in which they primarily gain experience, practice and guidance in relation to their academic program and that is significantly connected to their fields of study and career preparation.

Assistantship opportunities are listed in a variety of places including: the Mason Jobs website, Career Services’ HireMason site, and in academic  departments.  Students may also contact their advisors for assistantship information and opportunities.

Research Development

Research Development provides support to faculty, students and staff in identifying and seeking funding to increase George Mason’s funded research base. The Office of Research Development offers a variety of seminars and workshops each semester as well as a list of resources to help identify and locate funding sources for research opportunities.