Making payments for MasonGEO Programs

PROGRAM PAYMENTS

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be paid in three installments (a deposit + first payment + final balance.) For Mason students, your first payment and final balance will be made through your George Mason student account (Not a Mason Student? See below for instructions.)

Please thoroughly read the instructions below.

DEPOSIT

A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

FIRST PAYMENT

Once you are accepted and have committed to the program, a non-refundable First Payment will be due approximately ten days after the application deadline. Once you have made a payment, allow up to 10 business days for MasonGEO to confirm this payment and mark the requirement off on your MasonAbroad application. You will not be penalized for this delay in processing. Please read instructions below on how to make this payment.

Note: There will not be a charge for the deposit on your student account on PatriotWeb by the deposit deadline. You can and should still make the deposit payment by the posted deadline for your program, even if your account balance is $0.

FINAL BALANCE

The final balance payment is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Deposit and First Payment. For example: if your program's cost is $3500 and your deposit was $200 and your First Payment was $1000 your balance payment would be $3500-$1200 = $2300. Please check the brochure page for your program to confirm the total cost of your program. Once you have made a payment, allow up to 10 business days for MasonGEO to confirm this payment and mark the requirement off on your MasonAbroad application. You will not be penalized for this delay in processing. Please read instructions below on how to make this payment.

Note: You may not see a charge on your student account for this amount in PatriotWeb by the payment deadline. You can and should still make the final payment by the posted deadline for your program.

FINANCIAL AID & V.A. BENEFITS

Students who intend to use financial aid or VA Benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the Intent to Use Financial Aid or the Intent to Use VA Benefits form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The Intent to Use Financial Aid form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for a program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the Intent to Use VA Benefits Form.

The information provided on the form by your financial aid counselor will be evaluated by the Global Education Office, and the deadlines for payments may be extended based on the amount and types of aid you are anticipating.

  • If your completed form shows an anticipated aid amount that will cover either your First Payment or the full program fee, the deadline for making these payments can be extended while we wait for your financial aid to be applied to your student account for the term you will be studying abroad. 
  • If your completed form shows an anticipated aid amount less than your full program fee, the deadline for making these payments will not be extended. You are required to make the First Payment by the deadline. Your final payment is the remaining difference between the program costs less your anticipated aid.

Students who submit the Intent to Use Financial Aid form, will be provided with a Confirmation of Financial Aid form which will be completed and submitted to the Global Education Office later in the application process once aid for the term can be confirmed by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

NOTE: Students who submit financial aid documents are still responsible for the full program cost. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students must pay all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their student accounts, and dismissal from the program.

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

MASON STUDENTS: Mason students can pay online using Mason's Bill+Payment system with an electronic check or Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. A non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee will be charged if making a credit card payment online. There is no fee for payment made online with an electronic check. Click here for more detailed instructions on how to make an online payment.

Alternatively, students may submit payment to the Mason Cashier’s Office by check (made payable to George Mason University) or cash (in-person only). If paying by check, make sure to write your program name, term, and your G Number on the memo line. The Mason Cashier’s Office is located at 1501 Student Union Building I (SUB I) and is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday. The Mason Cashier’s Office does not accept credit card payments.

NON-MASON PARTICIPANTS: Non-Mason Participants will be assigned a G Number within 3 days of committing to the program. The G Number will come via email in addition to instructions to set up your Patriot Pass that will allow you to make payments using Mason's Bill+Payment system with an electronic check or Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. A non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee will be charged if making a credit card payment online. There is no fee for payment made online with an electronic check. Click here for more detailed instructions on how to make an online payment.

Alternatively, once you have been assigned a Mason G Number, you can submit payment to the Mason Cashier’s Office by check (made payable to George Mason University) or cash (in-person only).  If paying by check, make sure to write your program name, term, and your G Number on the memo line. If you mail a check, it should be received by the payment deadline. All checks should be mailed directly to:
       George Mason University
       Cashier’s Office
       4400 University Drive
       1501 Student Union 1, MS 2E1
       Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

Once payment has been submitted to Student Accounts, please allow up to 10 business days after the payment deadline for payments to process and be checked-off in the MasonAbroad system. You will not be penalized for this delay in processing time.

Refund and Cancellation 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 Mason Global Education Office once the first payment deadline has passed.

  • 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 application fee, deposit, first payment, and any non-recoverable costs made on the participant's behalf. 

  • If a participant cancels or 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.