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Cost and Funding

Budgeting

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.

 

Financial Aid

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.

Important

  1. You MUST meet with your counselor. They will review your financial aid pacakge with you.
  2. Financial Aid MAY cover spending and living costs. It depends on the aid package you have. 
  3. Bring the BUDGET SHEET of your desired program with you to see what your billable and non-billable costs are.
  4. 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:

Scholarships

Finding funding for your study abroad excursion can seem challenging, however, not impossible. There are a number of resources at your disposal. It is important to research carefully and EARLY to secure appropriate funding. Remember the more you apply, the greater your chances are for funding your study abroad experience. The list of scholarships is broken down into four categories: Global Education Office scholarships, Mason Scholarships, Fellowships, and External Scholarships.

Global Education Office Scholarships

Mason Scholarships

External Sources

There 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. 

General Funding

Fellowships and Grants

Country-specific Funding opportunities

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 non-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.
*This policy applies to all participants including recipients of financial aid, scholarships, VA Benefits, and/or loans.
Updated 8/12/19