Financial Aid and Scholarships
Approximately 75% of Mason students receive some form of financial aid and many are receiving a combination of merit and talent-based scholarships.
Many university resources are avaialble to assist you with obtaining academic scholarships, grants, and loans. In addition, we encourage you to work with our programs directly to learn more about program-specific and talent-based scholarships.
College of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts is a collaborative effort between the City of Fairfax, George Mason University and Spotlight. The mission is focused on enhancing awareness of the cultural arts opportunities available in the Fairfax area and providing scholarships to students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Fairfax County Spotlight on the Arts offers the following endowed scholarships:
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts – BP Endowed Scholarship in the Arts
A one-time award of $1,500 for a graduating senior from a public or private high school or home-schooled program in Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax.
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts – Apple Federal Credit Union Endowed Scholarship in the Arts
A one-time award of $1,500 for a graduating senior from a school system serviced by Apple FCU (see www.applefcu.org for list).
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship – Ruth Haycock Endowed Scholarship in Piano
A one-time award of $1,000 for a graduating senior from a public or private high school or home-schooled program in Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax.
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship in Music for the Potomac Academy
A one-time award of $1,000.
Selection of recipients is determined by the College and Visual and Performing Arts and is based on the completed university application and the audition/portfolio review required for acceptance to the major.
Each year, College of Visual and Performing Arts programs award scholarships to applicants who demonstrate exceptional talent. Please use the following links to learn more about scholarship opportunities in your program of interest, as requirements vary by program:
Please contact your program of interest for specific information about scholarships.
Alice Watts worked at George Mason University for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities in the arts. Most recently, she served as the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Coordinator for Undergraduate Programs and Advising. In honor of her years of service, her dedication and the impactful contribution she made to our students and the university, we created the Alice L. Watts Memorial Scholarship in her memory.
This scholarship will be awarded each spring to an undergraduate CVPA major who is committed to building community within the college and the university.
University Scholarships and Financial Aid
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.
The University Scholars are selected from among the most outstanding students invited to the Honors College. This award is the highest academic distinction that Mason offers to undergraduate students and is given annually to top high school seniors admitted to the university. Each year the University Scholars Program enrolls approximately 20 new first-year students, each of whom receives a scholarship covering the full cost of tuition over four years. Students receiving this award have exemplary records of academic achievement, and they have demonstrated intellectual vision and creativity, the potential to solve problems and overcome obstacles, and a commitment to meaningfully contributing to their communities.
Applications must be submitted by November 1 to receive priority consideration for the scholarship. Prospective freshmen should check the appropriate box for "University Scholar" on their applications. For more information, please visit the University Scholars website.
If you’re interested in applying for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and submit it to the federal processor by March 1 of every year. It’s best to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, because some fund types are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visit the university's Office of Student Financial Aid website to learn about available scholarship opportunities.
For additional information on financial aid at Mason, call 703-993-2353.
The Stay Mason Student Support Fund assists matriculated George Mason students who are at risk of not continuing their education due to unexpected financial situations.
The Stay Mason Student Support Fund is designed to provide temporary, short-term, financial assistance to students who are managing demanding academic requirements while struggling with debilitating financial circumstances. The Stay Mason Student Support Fund is not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses, and the financial assistance is not a loan that is expected to be repaid.