GEO Passport Grant
Never had a passport? We can help! The GEO Passport Grant is a need-based award open to George Mason University students participating in a Global Education Office (GEO) sponsored program. GEO has a limited number of passport grants available to assist eligible students who demonstrate great financial need.
This grant is intended to reimburse students for the cost of obtaining their first passports (execution fee + passport book ONLY – currently $145.00). Students must submit the receipt from the US Post Office or other authorized agency to confirm that they have submitted their passport applications. Therefore, students should go ahead and apply for passports before completing this application.
In order to apply for this grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a degree-seeking Mason student (undergraduate/graduate/gateway) who meets the requirements of the study abroad program at time of application
- Active application to a Global Education Office (GEO) program or current Global Gateway student by grant application deadline
- Have a Financial Need Score as determined by Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid
- Have applied for their first passport (grant cannot be used to renew or replace passport)
To be considered for this grant, applicants must complete the separate Questionnaire for GEO Passport Grant, answering all questions and uploading a scanned copy of the receipt for the "Execution Fee" from the US Post Office or other authorized agency which confirms the submission of the passport application.
Grant applicants must also have an active program application before they will be considered for the grant.
Grant applications will be reviewed by the GEO scholarship committee based on need. Once the grant application is submitted, GEO staff will reach out to the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine financial need. The number of passport grant awards is subject to availability of funds.
Disbursement and Use of Funds
Recipients must sign and comply with GEO’s Scholarship Terms and Conditions. Once students sign the Terms and Conditions, grant awards are processed. Funds are posted to Mason student accounts as a reimbursement up to $145.00 per recipient and become available for the program term according to Financial Aid rules and regulations.
If a student cancels participation in the program prior to departure, grant funds will not be posted to the student’s account or, if posted, will be removed and the award cancelled. If the program is cancelled, grant funds posted to the student’s account will be removed and the award cancelled. In the event that a student withdraws from and fails to complete the study abroad program, the student will be required to return the grant in full to the Global Education Office.
US Passports are issued by the U.S. Department of State. Please refer to passports.state.gov
for more information. For questions, please contact GEO staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.