One of the benefits you earn as a member of the military is access to financial aid for your education. Mason will help you take full advantage of it. We'll provide a great education that won't leave you in debt for decades.
A High Return on an Investment in Yourself
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has ranked Mason as one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges in the nation, and Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity ranked Mason among the Top 100 of “America’s Best College Buys.”
Lower cost doesn't mean lower quality. Virginia’s State Council of Higher Education placed Mason at the top of the list of commonwealth schools for highest average starting salary of recent graduates.
Still, college costs are significant. We can guide you to a variety of resources to help cover the expenses of a university education, including:
- FAFSA: We encourage all students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Even if you're attending Mason with aid from the military through the GI Bill, you might still qualify for help from such sources as Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.
- Mason scholarships: The Mason Scholarship Application puts you in the running for a variety of university-based aid options. We also keep an updated list of outside scholarships to which Mason students can apply.
- GI Bill and other veteran aid: If you need help applying, the Office of Military Services will help guide you through the process to ensure you get your maximum benefits through the GI Bill. While you might qualify for more than one program under the GI Bill, you'll need to notify the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding which one you want to use.