Cost and Funding
The cost of studying abroad varies greatly depending on your program's type, length, and location. Many programs are financially comparable to studying on campus for a semester, therefore program selection is crucial especially if you are on a tight budget. It can pay off to take time and compare costs at Mason with those that incur abroad.
Once you have decided to study abroad and have met with your academic advisor, you will need to consider costs. If you are a recipient of financial aid, this means meeting with your counselor. When you meet with your financial aid counselor, bring a copy of the budget sheet found on your program's page. Please do not simply drop off the form, because you and your counselor will review your financial aid package together with this additional information. After your meeting, you will have an idea of what can be covered by aid and how much you will have to contribute.
Federal financial aid is always awarded through a student's home university. If you are a George Mason student intending to participate in a qualifying non-Mason affiliated program, you must still go to the Mason Financial Aid Office. If you attend another university and you are participating in a Mason study abroad program, you need to visit the Financial Aid Office at your home school.
- You MUST meet with your counselor. They will review your financial aid pacakge with you.
- Financial Aid MAY cover spending and living costs. It depends on the aid package you have.
- Bring the BUDGET SHEET of your desired program with you to see what your billable and non-billable costs are.
- Note that your financial aid package will not be released in time to cover expenses that must be prepaid like your airline ticket and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Mason Links and Resources
More information about financial aid and loans:
The key to funding study abroad opportunities is to research and identify multiple scholarships and grants to support your goals and to start EARLY. Mason’s Global Education Office and Office of Financial Aid are prepared to provide you with a number of resources available to make study abroad more feasible and affordable. Remember, the more you apply, the greater your chances are for funding your study abroad experience. Check out available scholarships and grants below. The number and amount of awards may vary depending on the pool of applicants and funding available. Additional programs may become eligible for scholarships after the posting of this information so keep checking back.
Global Education Office Scholarships
External SourcesThere are a number of scholarships available outside of George Mason. The links below are only a few suggestions of what is available. This page will be updated as more scholarships become available. While many are tied to a specific program/university/provider, there are many independent resources that can be utilized. Please note that most fellowships and large grants do require that you apply 6 months to a year before you intend to study abroad.
- Ashley's Foundation (Semester Only)
- Bruce Alan Ebersole Memorial Fund
- Explore the World Travel Scholarship
- Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships
- Golden Key Scholarships - Must be a Golden Key Member
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Rotary Foundation Scholarships
- Scholar Trips
- Travel Video Contest
Fellowships and Grants
- Boren Fellowship
- Flagship/ROTC Language Scholarships
- Fulbright - Graduate students only
- Gilman Scholarship - Must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant
- Gilman–McCain Scholarship – Must be Military/Military family related
Country-specific Funding opportunities
- Australia: Destination Australia Scholarships
- Australia Scholarships
- Campus China
- Education New Zealand
- Explore New Zealand Scholarship for Massey University
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship
- Japan: Tanaka and Green Scholarship
- Love, KK Scholarship for the Mason-led Italian Media and Society in Milan Summer Program [PDF Download]
- National Italian American Foundation Scholarships
- Scholarships Study Canada
- Study in Holland
- Study In Russia
- Study in China
- Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships
- ThinkSwiss Summer Research Scholarship
- United Kingdom BUTEX Exchange Awards
Mason Global Education Office Withdrawal and Refund Policy
- All application fees, program deposits, and first payments are non-refundable.
- All cancellations or withdrawals from a program must be made in writing to the Global Education Office. The participant’s financial obligation will not change, regardless of whether charges appear on their student account.
- If a participant cancels/withdraws from a program for any reason between payment of the deposit and 45 days prior to the program start date, the participant will be refunded all fees paid minus any administrative fee, application deposit, first payment, and any non-recoverable financial obligations made by GEO on the participant's behalf, up to the full program cost.
- If a participant cancels/withdraws, voluntarily or involuntarily (including dismissal from the program), less than 45 days prior to the program start date or after the start of the program, no refund will be issued.
- In cases of insufficient enrollment, students withdrawing their participation prior to an official program cancellation notice will not receive a refund.
- The Global Education Office reserves the right to make any changes or alterations to the program including itineraries and fees, in cases of emergency, low enrollment, changed conditions or in the interest of the group. Should the University cancel the Program for whatever reason, full refund of all fees will be made unless the cancellation is due to deteriorating security and safety conditions, including, but not limited to, political unrest, natural disaster, technological failures, or other catastrophes beyond its control. In such cases the university will be able to refund only uncommitted and/or recoverable funds (lodging and/or meals, transportation deposits, airfare, and any other program-related recoverable expenses.)
- If a participant receives a MasonGEO scholarship and then withdraws from their study abroad program at any time, he or she must return the scholarship award in full to the Global Education Office.