Financing Your Education

Tuition and Estimated Costs for 2013-14

The following table shows the estimated costs for full-time and part-time students at George Mason for the 2013-14 academic year. These estimates are used in determining financial aid packages for law students. As estimates, these figures may vary slightly from the actual costs. Note that these figures are subject to change at any time.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The George Mason University Board of Visitors has voted to freeze law school tuition for 2014–15 at current levels. In addition, the Board has declared its intention not to increase law tuition through academic year 2016–17. Under Virginia law, governing boards are not authorized to bind their own hands with respect to the future exercise of discretionary acts. However, the Board has acknowledged the compelling case for a three-year strategy to address the needs of law students.

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition (full-time) $25,351 $40,737
Tuition (part-time)* $20,660 $33,298
Estimated additional costs (Cost of Attendance)** $23,754 $23,754
Total estimated cost (full-time) $49,105 $64,491
Total estimated cost*** (part-time) $44,414 $57,052


*Based on 23 credit hours in the first year. Please note that Financial Aid calculates Cost of Attendance (COA) based on 22 credits per year; thus, first-year part-time students must contact their financial aid counselor regarding aid for the additional credit.


**Includes room and board, transportation, personal expenses, loan fees, and books.

***In-state residents pay $898.25 per credit hour, and out-of-state residents pay $1,447.75 per credit hour. Part time students who take 7 or more credit hours pay an additional $7.14 educational resource fee per credit hour.

Related Fees
Late Payment Fee 10%, up to $125
Returned Check Fee $50


Note:
most questions about in-state classification can be answered through Domicile Administration, which is found within the office of the GMU Registrar. This office reviews applications to reclassify an out-of-state student to in-state status, they handle most procedural questions and they provide other services associated with student status classification for tuition purposes.

Financial Aid

George Mason University's Office of Student Financial Aid, located at the Fairfax Campus, provides a variety of services to assist students in financing their education. George Mason University participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program.

Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year as soon as possible after January 1. To receive priority consideration for available, applicable funds, the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor on or before March 1. Types of financial aid available include Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

Students who have questions about financial aid may visit the website of the Office of Student Financial Aid and then schedule a phone or in person appointment with Carol Brosseau, who is the assigned counselor for all law students.  Ms. Brosseau's email is cbrossea@gmu.edu.  Alternatively, you can call (703) 993-2353 to schedule an appointment with her.

The mailing address for the office of student financial aid is:

Office of Student Financial Aid, MS 3B5
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

and the office is located at the Fairfax Campus, in SUB 1, on the first floor of the new addition. The financial aid office also schedules visits to the Arlington Campus during the first four weeks of each semester.

Mason's Title IV school code is 003749.

Scholarship and Fellowship Programs

The law school continually seeks to develop new sources of non-loan funds to help defray the cost of legal education. A number of fellowships and scholarships are available to incoming law students. From more information see: George Mason Scholarship and Fellowship Programs. In addition, information about scholarships from outside organizations is available here.