George Mason University

Financial Aid

Federal Shut Down and Verification Updates

The U.S. Department of Education announced on January 9th, 2019 that Financial Aid Offices may now accept a signed copy of the federal tax return and will not require the tax return transcript. If you were notified that we need a copy of your tax return transcript for either 2018-19 or 2019-20, you can now send in copies of signed tax returns. For 2018-19, we need your 2016 federal tax return. For 2019-20, we need your 2017 tax return. Please be sure to print the student NAME and G NUMBER on the tax returns.

PLEASE NOTE: The guidance below does NOT apply to tax filers who filed an amended tax return or were victims of identity theft. If either of these situations applies to you, please refer to the Financial Aid Web Site under Forms, and review the Tax Information Sheet for Individuals with Unusual Circumstances.

If you were notified that you need to submit verification from the IRS that you did NOT file a federal tax return, please send us a written, dated and signed statement that includes the following:

  1. The name (printed) and G Number of the student
  2. A statement that you attempted to obtain a copy of your IRS notification of non-filing statement and were unable to obtain it.
  3. A statement that you did not and were not required to file a federal tax return for the year in question.
  4. A list of all sources of your income for the year in question, and the amount of the income
  5. Attached copies of all W-2s you received for the year in question

For the 2018-19 year, the tax filing year in question and income information should be from 2016.
For the 2019-20 year, the tax filing year in question and income information should be from 2017.

Mail your documents to the Office of Financial Aid at 4400 University Drive MS 3B5, Fairfax, VA 22030 or fax them to us at: 703-993-2350

You can bring them in person to the Office of Financial Aid, Student Union Building, First Floor

Please do NOT send information with your Social Security Number or other sensitive data to us via email.

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George Mason University staff and student discussing financial aid

As one of the best values in education, Mason provides an affordable and wise college choice, offering academic quality, opportunities for top tier internships, and applied knowledge and skills that will assist you beyond graduation. A college degree is one of the most valuable investments you can make, and your return on investment is demonstrated by the success of our alumni. Mason alumni have one of the lowest student loan default rates in the Commonwealth of Virginia. So invest wisely — invest in yourself.

Many Mason students receive some kind of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. To assist you with the financial aid process, Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid has a team of dedicated professionals available to help you and your family. The Financial Aid 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) and submit it to the federal processor by January 15 of every year.  For more information, please visit How to Apply for Financial Aid.

Contact Us

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid’s primary form of communication with students is via the student’s Mason email address. Please be sure to monitor your Mason email account regularly for important information, requests and notifications regarding your financial aid.


Undergraduate Email:

Graduate/Law Email:

Phone: (703) 993-2353
Fax: (703) 993-2350

How to Contact Your Financial Aid Counselor

Undergraduate Counselors

Last Name Counselor Email Address
A, B, C Dan Frank
E, F, G, H, I, J, Y Kevin Mayer
D, O, P, Q, R, W Akifa Ishtiaq
L, M, N, U, V, X, Z Tom Perdiou
K, S, T Bob Smith

Graduate/Law Counselors

Type Counselor Email Address
Graduate Students Jennifer Naradzay
Law Students  Bob Smith

Other Contacts

Type Counselor Email Address
Financial Literacy Counselor Vanessa DeShane
Scholarships Roz Moore
Graduate Grants/Waivers
and Athletic Scholarships
Larry Atienza
Federal Work-Study Coordinator Lady Ramirez
Director Dr. Sandra Tarbox  

Office Location and Hours

The OSFA is located in Student Union Building 1 on the first floor (suite 1100).

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Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Mailing Address

Office of Student Financial Aid
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
MS 3B5
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444


With the exception of any document requiring citizenship information, you may submit your documents/forms via mail, fax or in-person to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA), which is located on the 1st floor of SUB I on the Fairfax Campus. The Office’s fax number is 703-993-2350.

Citizenship documents must be submitted by the student in-person at the OSFA. If you are unable to appear in-person, please complete and follow the steps listed on the Citizenship Affidavit form.

After submitting your documents, please allow a minimum of 7-10 business days for processing. If any additional documentation is still required from you, you will receive an email from the OSFA.

Please do not email sensitive information such as tax returns, social security numbers or other personally identifiable information. Instead, fax to 703-993-2350 or mail to:
Office of Student Financial Aid, 4400 University Drive, 3B5, Fairfax, VA 22030.

FSA Student Loan Ombudsman Group Contact Information

Web: http//
Phone: 877-557-2575
Fax: 606-396-4821
Mail: FSA Ombudsman Group
P.O. Box 1843
Monticello, KY 42633

Federal Student Aid Complaint Website

Important Links