George Mason University

Important Updates

NEW FAFSA priority filling deadline – JANUARY 15

Posted July 16, 2018

The 2019-2020 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2018, for the 2019-2020 academic year. For priority consideration of limited State and Institutional grant funds, students must submit their FASFA and all verification and other requested documents by January 15th each year.

Enrollment Freeze and Disbursement of Aid- Effective Fall 2018

Posted September 6, 2018

If you are eligible to receive financial aid, and have satisfied all of your financial aid requirements, your grant and loan funds (if applicable) disbursed approximately 10 days prior to the start of classes for the semester (students enrolled in graduate fully online programs offered in modules, see below*). After the “enrollment freeze date” (September 17th, 2018 at midnight for fall 2018) the OSFA will verify your enrollment. If you increase or decrease your enrollment between the disbursement date and the enrollment freeze date, your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly to ensure that it is the appropriate amount for your enrollment. If you are issued a refund, then ADD credits or other charges to your account, you will owe money on your account and must pay this from the refund proceeds you received. Click here for more information. Please note that if you are in a part of term course that begins later in the semester and you drop that course before it begins, your aid may be adjusted to reflect your reduced enrollment load at that time.

Please read about this IMPORTANT CHANGE effective fall 2018. Students will have a full 22 days to finalize their enrollment schedule. Your enrollment will be locked at midnight on the 22nd day of the semester, and your final aid eligibility for the term will be reviewed. Your aid may be adjusted at that time. Any class you withdraw from beginning on the 23rd day will show up on your transcript as a “W” and the course will count as attempted credits when determining your Satisfactory Academic Progress. For a more complete explanation of this new policy, please visit this page on the Registrar website: https://registrar.gmu.edu/drop-withdrawal-deadlines-faqs/

*If you are a graduate student in a fully on-line program taught in 8 week modules, your aid disburses on day 5 of your first module

NEW Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Posted July 16, 2018

Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, new standards will be used when SAP is reviewed in the spring of 2019 and thereafter. Click here for more information.