George Mason University

Mason Merit Scholarships – Incoming, First-Time Freshman Students

Mason awards millions of dollars in scholarships to incoming freshmen every year. These awards not only recognize strong academic talent and achievement, but also special talents and other personal characteristics, without regard to an applicant’s financial need.

All freshman applicants who apply by November 1 (the Early Action application deadline) will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions and the Scholarship Committee. Students who apply Early Action are notified of their admissions decisions by mid-December, and the Scholarship Committee notifies students if they were awarded a scholarship no later than February.

Mason (Internal) Scholarships – Continuing Students

Mason Scholarships are provided through the generous donations of Mason alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students. Private philanthropy enables the University to recognize students showing academic achievement, financial need and unique interests of those students attending Mason. If you would like to establish a University scholarship or support an existing fund, please visit Campaign for Mason.

The Academic Department for your major may have information about scholarships related to your field of study. Students should contact the college/school and department in which they plan to major for scholarship opportunities.

Questions about athletic scholarships should be directed to the appropriate Intercollegiate Athletic Coaches.

George Mason University Alumni Association (GMUAA) awards five scholarships to undergraduate/graduate students each academic school year. Important Dates and Other Information

Outside (External) Scholarships - All Students

Outside scholarships are offered through private agencies and organizations such as high schools, community organizations, scholarship foundations, employers and government agencies. Criteria for these scholarships generally include academic performance, financial need, underrepresented groups, volunteerism, heritage, community affiliations or other unique factors important to the sponsoring individual or organization. Students are encouraged to apply to as many external scholarships as possible: Outside Scholarship List.

Reporting Outside Scholarships

Information for Recipients

How to Report Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships and awards must be reported each year. You may report your outside scholarship by submitting a copy of the official award notification from the donor to our office. Please be advised letters or certificates should include the following:

  • Student’s full name
  • Student ID (G#)
  • Amount of the scholarship
  • Organization contact information
  • How the scholarship will be disbursed – either by paper check or electronic transmission of funds (EFT)
  • Scholarships $1,000 or more will split between the fall and spring term unless the donor has specified otherwise.
    Scholarships less than $1,000 will be credited to the tuition bill during the term the check is received.

Letters may be mailed, faxed to 703.993.2350 or hand delivered to the Office of Student Financial Aid located in Student Union Building One (SUB One).

Important Steps if Your Organization Requires Documentation

Some scholarships may require completion of certain forms by the university before awards are made or before payment is made to the school. Below are some commonly requested documents:

  • Bill or unofficial transcript: The information you require may be accessible by the student via our student portal Patriot Web (e.g., financial aid award, tuition bill, unofficial transcript, & class schedule). All semester bills will be provided electronically by the Student Accounts Office.
  • Donor required invoices: will be billed after the census date (2 weeks after the start of classes) each semester.
  • Verification forms: Donors verification forms can be emailed to gmusch@gmu.edu or faxed to 703.993.2350.
  • Transcripts or certification of enrollment: The financial aid office cannot issue official transcripts or enrollment certifications. Students may contact the Office of the University Registrar for official transcripts and enrollment certifications.
Payment of Outside Scholarships

Scholarship checks should include the following:

  • Student’s full name
  • Student ID (G#)
  • Term to apply award (fall only, spring only, fall & spring)

Checks should be mailed to the following address:

George Mason University
Cashier’s Office – MS 2E1
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Outside scholarship awards are considered resources for students receiving federal and state financial aid and may reduce the amount of need-based financial aid awarded to the student. If the outside scholarship exceeds a student’s financial need and/or cost of attendance, adjustments may be made to the student’s financial aid package to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. The OSFA’s policy is to first reduce student loans or Federal Work-Study funds.

Information for Outside Organizations

Submitting a Payment to George Mason University

Please make all checks payable to George Mason University and mail to the following address:

George Mason University
Cashier’s Office – MS 2E1
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Provide the following on the face or stub of the check:

  • Student’s full name
  • Student ID (G#)
  • Term(s) to which funds should be disbursed

Or include sufficient documentation:

  • Student’s full name
  • Student ID (G#)
  • Amount of the scholarship
  • Organization contact information

Please note any check made co-payable to a student and GMU will delay processing. The check must be endorsed by the student before the funds can be applied to his/her account.

Important Steps if Your Organization Requires Documentation
  • Bill or unofficial transcript: The information you require may be accessible by the student via our student portal Patriot Web (e.g., financial aid award, tuition bill, unofficial transcript, & class schedule). All semester bills will be provided electronically by the Student Accounts Office.
  • Donor required invoices: will be billed after the census date (2 weeks after the start of classes) each semester.
  • Verification forms: Donors verification forms can be emailed to gmusch@gmu.edu or faxed to 703.993.2350.
  • Transcripts or certification of enrollment: The financial aid office cannot issue official transcripts or enrollment certifications. Students may contact the Office of the University Registrar for official transcripts and enrollment certifications.

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Scholarships at gmusch@gmu.edu or call 703.993.2353.