George Mason University

Paying for College

A college degree is one of the most valuable investments you can make, not only in your education, but also in helping you to obtain a promising career and future.

As one of the best values in education, Mason provides you with an affordable and wise college choice, academic quality, opportunities for top tier internships, and career networking that will assist you upon graduation.

Tuition and Fees

How much does it cost to attend Mason? The Office of Student Financial Aid calculates an estimated budget of the average cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies, personal and transportation expenses. Each student’s actual costs will vary depending on the number of credit hours, housing and meal plan choices, and other variables.

2015-2016 Cost of Attendance


Tuition Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
In-state, full-time/year $10,752* $9,934** Day: $25,351
Evening: $20,660
Out-of-state, full-time/year $31,398* $23,466** Day: $40,736
Evening: $33,298

*Undergraduate estimated tuition costs are based on full-time status of 12-16 credits per semester.

**Graduate estimated tuition costs are based on 9 credits per semester. Tuition may vary depending on your academic program. Please review your program’s current, actual tuition and fees for more information.

Room and Board

Housing Type


Graduate Law
On-Campus $10,510 N/A N/A
Estimated Off-Campus $12,186 $16,928 $16,928
Estimated Living at Home $4,516 $4,516 $4,516

Room and board costs vary based on the student’s choice of residence hall and meal plan.

Estimated Transportation

Housing Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
On-Campus $1,332 N/A N/A
Off-Campus $1,704 $2,472 $2,472
Living at Home $1,794 $1,794 $1,794

Mason students have access to free public transportation aboard the Mason Shuttles system, as well as Fairfax County’s CUE Bus system.

Estimated Personal Expenses

Housing Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
On-Campus $2,336 N/A N/A
Off-Campus $3,186 $2,880 $2,880
Living at Home $2,918 $2,918 $2,918

Estimated Additional Costs

Expense Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
Books $1,150 $1,368 $1,368

Note: Several courses require additional course or lab fees. Additional information is available on fees through the Student Accounts Office.

International Student Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders. Students are required to purchase the policy arranged by the university unless exempted by Student Health Services. Health insurance fees are deducted from all payments received by the university before funds are applied to tuition or other charges. Failure to make this payment may result in cancellation of classes. For exemption criteria and due dates, contact Student Health Services in SUB I, 703-993-2827.

Graduate New Student Fee

This is a mandatory, non-refundable, one-time fee, which is charged to the account of every newly admitted, degree-seeking student at the time of registration, regardless of orientation attendance or enrollment status. The new student fee is $60.

Education Resource Fee

A mandatory per-semester fee, which is $100 for seven or more credits, or $60 for less than seven credits. The Education Resource Fee funds essential support services for both full and part-time students.

Application for In-State Tuition Rates

You should submit your Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates when you apply. Applicants will be classified as in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes, unless additional information is needed to make a determination. If additional documentation is required you will be notified in writing and then have 30 days to provide the requested documentation. After 30 days, the applicant will be classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes.

Your domicile status is indicated on your admission letter as "Tuition Classification". The student is responsible for understanding their domicile status prior to registration. The Offices of Admissions or University Registrar can clarify your domicile status before you register.

Once classified as out-of-state, students may request an additional review of their application and supporting materials by contacting Domicile Appeals Administration within the Office of the University Registrar. No changes to domicile status will be made by the Office of Admissions once the initial review has been completed and the student has been classified as out-of-state.

Truly, GMU has been a great fit for our son Alain; he has benefited from a caring advisor and exceptionally qualified professors . There are so many opportunities for a variety of clubs, intra-mural sports, and fitness classes. The proximity to D.C. allows for many outings, whether they are class-related, for community service or for entertainment. Our son Alain is in good hands!

Parents of Alain Jacobsen, Class of 2017 (Baker, MT)