Many Mason students receive some form of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. We understand students may not have access to significant sources of funding and that unexpected circumstances may arise while at Mason. SSAC staff meets with students facing a variety of financial difficulties including food insecurity and homelessness. SSAC staff members can provide information about various on and off-campus resources for students in need.

Patriot Pantry

The Patriot Pantry provides access to non-perishable food items, toiletries, and basic school supplies to George Mason University students who are unable to afford them. We raise awareness about food insecurity and homelessness within the Mason student population. We strive to educate and unite our community.

Students in need can email pantry@gmu.edu to schedule a meeting.

Stay Mason

The Stay Mason Student Support Fund assists matriculated George Mason students who are at risk of not continuing their education due to unexpected financial situations. The fund is for all students – undergraduate and graduate, full-time and part-time – enrolled in degree-seeking programs.

To qualify for Stay Mason Student Support fundingyou must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been admitted as a student at George Mason University and completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework at George Mason University;
  • Be eligible to be enrolled during the semester for which the funding is being requested (no academic or conduct suspensions);
  • Provide necessary supporting data, as it may be required by the university;
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average;
  • Attend and participate fully in a no-cost financial literacy program, provided by the university.

Financial Aid

Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid has a team of dedicated professionals available to help you and your family. The Financial Aid staff will work with you annually as you re-apply for financial assistance each year you attend Mason.