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 July 16, 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) will be disbursed approximately 10 days prior to the start of classes for the semester (students enrolled in fully online programs offered in modules, see below). At the “enrollment freeze date” (which is the last day students are permitted to drop a course with a full tuition refund), 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 this IMPORTANT CHANGE effective Fall 2018. Students will have a full 14 days to finalize their enrollment schedule. If you drop any classes before the 14th day, you will not be charged tuition for them. Your enrollment will be locked at midnight of the 14th day of the semester. After that date you will be charged 100% tuition and fees for any full semester class still in your schedule.* You will not get partial refunds for full term classes you withdraw from after this date. Any class you withdraw from beginning on the 15th 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:

*If you are enrolled in a part of term courses that begins later in the semester and drop it before the start date of the class, you will not be charged tuition. However, your aid may be adjusted to reflect your reduced enrollment level.

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.