Scholarship Terms and Guidelines​

  • Scholarships are disbursed over a student’s first four consecutive fall/spring semesters, in four equal installments (e.g., fall 2023, spring 2024, fall 2024, and spring 2025) unless otherwise noted on your admissions letter. ​

  • Scholarships cannot be used toward summer term tuition unless you are graduating in the summer term.​

  • If this applies to you, you must email at least two semesters before you plan to graduate to request an accommodation. ​

  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.2 GPA throughout the duration of the award.​

  • Scholarships may be used only toward Schar School tuition or Schar School study abroad tuition and cannot be applied to any university fees.​

  • There is no minimum credit load to qualify for your scholarship. Scholarship awards apply only to tuition expenses. Any unused scholarship amount in each semester is nonrefundable and forfeited.​

  • If your domicile status changes (e.g., out-of-state to in-state), your scholarship award will update to reflect that change. You must notify when your domicile changes. ​

  • Receipt of an admissions merit award does not preclude you from applying for other Mason scholarships or fellowships (subject to the limitations of those awards). ​


  • Students receiving in-state tuition rates through our DMV Regional Pricing Policy are not eligible for admissions merit-based awards.​
  • Students receiving Mason employee tuition benefits are not eligible for Schar School admissions merit-based awards.​

  • Students receiving full funding from another source are not eligible for Schar School admissions merit-based awards.​

  • Students who are provisionally admitted to the Schar School or who are admitted to a nondegree program are not eligible for merit-based awards. ​

  • Students who were denied, but admitted to a nondegree program and are subsequently fully admitted are not eligible for merit-based admissions awards. ​

  • BAM students are not eligible for merit-based admissions awards. ​