Tuition & Financial Assistance

George Mason University and the Schar School of Policy and Government are committed to assisting students by providing opportunities for financial support. Assistance for graduate students includes the following:

Merit-Based Scholarships
Tthe Schar School offers assistance through merit-based scholarships. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are based on academic credentials. Students seeking funding consideration from the Schar School are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores.

Please note, scholarship decisions are made at the same time as admissions decisions. All application materials must be submitted by February 1 for fall consideration and November 1 for spring consideration.

No separate financial application is necessary.

Current Student Scholarships
The Schar School offers information for both internal and external resources to assist its students in their search for available research and scholarship funding.

ERPi Service-Disabled Veterans Scholarship
The Schar School of Policy and Government is pleased to offer the ERPi Service-Disabled Veterans Scholarship to eligible master’s students and junior and senior undergraduate students majoring in a Schar School program. This scholarship is to support the academic achievement and professional development of service-disabled veterans. Learn more.

Federal Aid
To apply for need-based federal assistance, students are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. To receive priority consideration for these funds, FAFSA forms should be received by the federal processor on or before March 1. Students seeking federal financial aid alone are not required to submit GRE scores for review. For other questions regarding need-based federal assistance, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Mason’s Office of Graduate Fellowships
The Mason Office of Graduate Fellowships offers information on external fellowships and funding opportunities for graduate students (e.g., national and regional competitive awards that come from outside the university, for example, from government agencies, private organizations, or philanthropic trusts).

Graduate Research Assistantships
The Schar School of Policy and Government offers Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) for full-time PhD students. GRAs provide tuition remission for three courses and an annual stipend. In exchange for this, students are asked to complete 20 hours per week of research with a Schar School faculty member. To be considered for a GRA, please indicate this on the application. Contact for more information.

Tuition Rates for 2016-17 Academic Year

Mason is a public institution, offering you a world-class education from a highly-ranked research university for reasonable tuition rates. Tuition is set each year in May by George Mason’s Board of Visitors. For information on tuition and payment options, please contact the University Student Accounts Office.

Biodefense degrees and certificates:
In-state: $763.50 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,441.75 per credit

Public Administration degrees and certificates:
In-state: $763.50 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,441.75 per credit

Political Science degrees:
In-state: $563.50 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,341.75 per credit

Public Policy; Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics; Peace Operations; Health and Medical Policy; International Security; Organization Development and Knowledge Management; and International Commerce and Policy degrees:
In-state: $763.50 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,441.75 per credit

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