Tuition and Financial Assistance

Tuition Rates

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 University’s Board of Visitors. Access the most recent tuition information here.

A more detailed estimate of the cost of attendance to our university can be found here. For more information on tuition and payment options, please contact the University Student Accounts Office.

Financial Assistance 

As a public institution in Virginia, George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government is one of the top values in education, offering a world-class education at affordable tuition rates. The University is committed to assisting students by providing opportunities for financial support. Assistance for Schar School graduate students includes the following:

Merit-Based Scholarships

The Schar School offers a select number of merit-based scholarships for high-achieving students with strong academic achievements. We highly encourage students to apply by our priority application dates for your specific program. However, we will review applicants who have requested scholarship consideration on a case by case basis throughout the application term. Students may submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores for scholarship consideration. No separate financial application is necessary. Scholarship decisions are made at the same time as admissions decisions, and students who wish to be considered need to indicate their interest in merit-based scholarships on their graduate application. 

Eligible master's students admitted to a Schar School security studies-related program for Spring 2022 will also be considered for the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation Scholarship

Graduate Inclusion & Access Scholarship: Doctoral Students

This George Mason University scholarship, awarded on a competitive basis, is available to first-generation college students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing a doctoral degree and have demonstrated financial need. Read more about the scholarship here.

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. For more information, please visit the scholarships and funding page.

Military and Veterans Benefits

George Mason University and the Schar School of Policy and Government are proud to welcome veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, and dependents to our community. As the largest public research institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mason offers a wealth of resources to its students. With a dedicated Office of Military Services, you will be connected to a variety of services, including counseling and advising on benefits, academic and admissions requirements, and career transition. George Mason University offers several services and benefits to eligible veterans and military students, including the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

Federal Student Aid

As a student at the Schar School, you may be eligible for federal financial aid. To apply for need-based federal assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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 financial aid assistance, please contact Mason's Office of Student Financial Aid.

Mason’s Office of Graduate Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Fellowships at Mason 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 (GRAs)

The Schar School of Policy and Government offers Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) for full-time PhD students. These research assistantships 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 Graduate Research Assistantship position, please indicate this on the application. Contact schar@gmu.edu for more information.