George Mason University

Study Abroad

Financial Aid is available for students who are planning to study abroad. Federal, state and most types of institutional aid are available to your study abroad program, as long as the program of study has been approved for credit at George Mason University.

The amount of financial aid that you are eligible to receive, depends on the cost of attendance for your specific program. The key to studying abroad and using financial aid, is to communicate with both your financial aid counselor and your global education advisor throughout the process. When completing forms for financial aid, we do require an in person meeting, however exceptions can be made (just be sure to reach out to your counselor with your situation). 

There are many different types of Study Abroad Programs, and to be sure you get a chance to see all of your options that are available, be sure to set up an appointment with the Study Abroad Office, so you can gather as much information as possible.

The Office of Student Financial Aid recommends that you set up a time to meet with your assigned Financial Aid Counselor when you are thinking of applying for a Study Abroad program. We can go over your options and assist you with information regarding your financial aid and how this would apply to the program or programs you wish to attend. Planning ahead is very important, so if you are thinking of Studying Abroad later in your academic career, reach out to us, as we can offer information to you that will help you prepare ahead of time for any costs that you may not currently be thinking about.

Important Tips
  1. People you want to know and meet with:
    • Study Abroad Advisor
    • Financial Aid Counselor
  2. Always give yourself plenty of time to get any paperwork situated. It is recommended that you meet with your Study Abroad Advisor and Financial Aid Counselor a semester before you plan to study abroad, to ensure that all paperwork and aid is applied accordingly.
  3. Follow up and keep copies of everything! It is imperative that you follow up with your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure all registration paperwork for your trip is complete This way you can ensure no hiccups occur possibly due to a form, that may be missing or incomplete.
  4. You also will be meeting with your Financial Aid Counselor (if you plan to use financial aid), to complete the necessary paperwork needed for your Study Abroad Advisor. This paperwork will notify the Study Abroad Office if your Tuition and other billed charges will be covered by your expected financial aid.
  5. If the financial aid is does not cover your required Global Ed tuition and fees, you may be required to pay for a deposit for the trip (ask your Study Abroad Advisor about dates this may be due). However, if you prepare and meet with your Financial Aid Counselor ahead of time, this can possibly give more time and options to search for other types of financial aid to assist with your costs of your trip.
  6. Ask questions! Be sure to stay in contact with both your Financial Aid Counselor and your Study Abroad Advisor. Please do not hesitate to email us anytime for assistance.
  • Center for Global Education - This is a valuable resource and where you can see not only a list of programs and cost breakdowns, but also get information on who you can contact about specifics dealing with your trip.
  • Cost and Funding Information - Goes over cost comparison of different programs, where to find paperwork (like Budget Sheets) for the study abroad program, etc. This is a great resource to find answers to questions and other information dealing with costs, required forms, financial aid information and of course scholarships.
  • Financial Aid (Contact Us) - When thinking about attending or applying to a Study Abroad program, be sure to print out the information for the trip or trips and email your Financial Aid Counselor to set up a time to come by and see us. We can assist with more information about the financial aid process, especially for study abroad programs.