Future Freshman FAQs
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Financial Aid and FAFSA FAQs
If your family has been financially impacted by COVID-19, once you have filed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have been admitted to Mason in the fall or spring of your senior year in high school, please reach out to the Financial Aid Office at George Mason University for assistance.
Our financial aid counselors would be happy to talk with you regarding your situation and to see what might be possible to assist you.
In the meantime, in order to receive an early estimate on what your cost of attendance might be to attend George Mason University, please visit the net price calculator. We recommend never removing a college or university from your list because the cost appears too high at this stage of the college search process. There are many options available to help you finance your Mason education.
Contact the Financial Aid Office
Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We know many students were not able to take standardized testing earlier this year due to test cancellations throughout the United States and abroad.
We understand the stress that this causes and want to reassure you that this will not negatively impact your admission to George Mason University.
Our institution has offered a Score Optional policy for many years because we believe that a student’s ability to be successful in college is not necessarily reflected in the performance on standardized tests. Score Optional provides an opportunity for you to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores.
We understand you may not wish to submit standardized test scores or you may be unable to submit them due to COVID-19 as a component of the application process. That’s ok! We take a holistic approach to review each application with great care.
If you have questions about our Score Optional policy or if it is right for you, please contact your Admissions Counselor.
For those students whose testing was affected by COVID-19, George Mason University will accept AP, IB, and A-level examinations taken at home, or in accordance with the testing agency’s guidance, as official
The change in testing format does not change how credits are awarded by subject. Please send official copies of your score reports to Mason when they are available. For additional information and a course concordance list, please view our policy located here. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to your Admissions Counselor.
We know that many students will have grades that are designated pass/fail on the high school transcript due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
We will view passing grades positively, and these will not have a negative impact on a student’s admission to George Mason University.
If we have a question about a grade that we are seeing, we would reach out to the student’s school counselor. Despite the change in grading scale, we encourage you to continue to do well in your academic coursework.
We understand that given the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic, students and school counselors may have difficulty submitting mid-year, 3rd quarter or final grades to colleges and universities.
We will work with students impacted by this. Please reach out to your Admissions Counselor for assistance.
If you are having difficulty completing your admission application, please contact your Mason Admission Counselor for assistance.
Yes! George Mason University will accept TOEFL, IELTS, SAT/ACT, and Duolingo English Test examinations taken at-home due to COVID-19, or in accordance with the testing agency’s guidance, as official.
The change in testing format does not change the score requirements, which are listed on our English proficiency website.
Student Life FAQs
As always, we want your health and well-being to be a priority.
There are several actions you can take to familiarize yourself with Mason while you are social distancing:
Get an in-depth view of campus on the Virtual Tour.
We also encourage you to stay in contact with us throughout your college decision process. Our team will continue to work with students and families. You can always reach out to your Admissions Counselor so we can continue to assist you on your journey to become a Patriot or contact us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Please use our online resources including our course catalog for more information about degree requirements and course offerings for your specific major.
For more details related to the virus and updates from Mason, please visit the university's coronavirus communication pages.
Admissions is offering virtual information sessions, virtual tours, and virtual one-on-one meetings (by request). Register for a session or to connect with a counselor. The virtual campus tour is accessible online at any time. We are also offering a limited number of on-campus information sessions for prospective and admitted students during fall 2020. Registration is first come, first served, and we have implemented safety protocols for all visitors including required face coverings, social distancing, and successful completion of the Mason COVID Health Check. We continue to monitor local and campus health conditions, and are prepared to move away from on-campus experiences if public health guidance dictates.
Virtual meeting appointments are available now for propsective and admitted freshman students seeking advice or information about the application process, next steps for admitted students, academic and experiential learning opportunities, or student and community life at Mason. Locate and contact your admission counselor via email using our Meet Your Counselor directory.