Student Emergency Assistance Funding – Fall 2020

Information will be available in mid-August.

Student Emergency Assistance Funding – Summer 2020

Emergency funding is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below and is made possible by the generous support of George Mason University and donors committed to helping students succeed. Funding from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund will also be allocated to eligible students impacted by COVID-19 through this process.

Applications for emergency funding during summer 2020 will be accepted from May 26 through August 7.

Please note – Mason’s emergency funding application is just that – a process for emergency funding. This funding is a last resort for students who need it most and should NOT be considered part of a student’s financial planning for the future.  If a student knows they need continued financial assistance, they are encouraged to work with the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss all options available to them. Financial Aid can be reached at

You must be enrolled in Mason summer term at the time you apply for emergency assistance.


Eligibility Criteria for Summer 2020 Emergency Funding

To qualify for funding through this emergency application process, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program at George Mason University (can be enrolled part-time or full-time and as a graduate or undergraduate)
  • Enrolled in at least 1 credit of coursework during summer 2020; and
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation

* Students in some fully online programs are not eligible for emergency funding.

Examples of expenses incurred during the summer 2020 semester that will be considered through the student emergency assistance funding process:

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Technology/equipment needed to ensure continuity of online learning
  • Emergency travel expenses
  • Homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Overdue utility bills
  • Loss of childcare
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition and fee funding will only be approved on a case-by-case basis
  • Other financial needs arising from individual and/or special circumstances to be determined on a case-by-case basis


Examples of expenses incurred during the summer 2020 semester that will NOT be considered through the student emergency assistance funding process:

  • Expenses incurred during spring 2020
  • Anticipated expenses related to fall 2020
  • Reimbursement for tuition and fee expenses that have already been made by the student
  • Expenses submitted on behalf of family members not enrolled at George Mason University
  • Student loan payments
  • Credit card payments
  • Study abroad costs
  • Legal fines or expenses
  • Non-essential personal bills
  • Parking tickets, library fines or other expenses mistakenly incurred
  • Funds for the replacement of lost or stolen items


Additional Items to Note

  • Students are only eligible to receive funding through this process one time during the summer 2020 semester. Summer applications will be accepted May 26 through August 7.
  • If a student who has received emergency funding withdraws during summer 2020, a balance in the amount of the award the student received through the emergency funding process will be posted on the student’s account
  • Students who received emergency funding through the spring 2020 process are eligible to request funding again through this summer application, however, previous award amounts received will be taken into account when making future award decisions
  • Students who are eligible to apply for summer financial aid but have not done so already may be asked to apply before the committee can make a decision on their request. Students will NOT be required to take out subsidized or unsubsidized loans in order to be eligible for summer emergency funding, but we do want students to be aware of all funding sources available to them
  • Funds awarded do not need to be repaid, however, they may be subject to federal taxes
  • Based on the funding source that is used to make an award, students may receive funding either via check, direct deposit (if it is previously set-up through Student Accounts) or deposited to a student’s account at George Mason University. Students do not get to decide how they want to receive funding.


Application Process

Complete and submit the online application below. Applications will be reviewed by staff in University Life.  Decisions will be communicated to students via their Mason email within seven business days of submission.

All decisions made by the review committee are final.