George Mason University

Important Aid Updates

FAFSA priority filling deadline – JANUARY 15

Posted November 1,  2019

The 2020-21 FAFSA became available on October 1, 2019, for the 2020-2021 academic year. For priority consideration of limited State and Institutional grant funds, students must submit their FASFA by January 15th each year. Any required documents (for example, verification forms or tax return transcripts) requested must be submitted by March 1, 2020.

Enrollment Freeze and Disbursement of Aid 

Posted November 1, 2019

If you are eligible to receive financial aid, and have satisfied all of your financial aid requirements, your grant and loan funds (if applicable) disburse approximately 10 days prior to the start of classes for the semester (students enrolled in graduate fully online programs offered in modules, see below*). If you increase or decrease your enrollment between the disbursement date and the enrollment freeze date (the freeze date will be the last day you can drop a course from your scheduled classes – please review the semester calendar published by the Registrar’s Office for each semester’s Drop deadline), 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. 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.

After the “enrollment freeze date, the OSFA will “lock” your enrollment record and do a final review of your aid eligibility. Your final aid will be based on the credits you are registered for as of midnight on the Drop (Freeze) date.

Any class you withdraw from after the freeze date will show up on your transcript as a “W” and the course will count as attempted credits when determining your Satisfactory Academic Progress.

*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