Gowns for Grads Lending Program

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Welcome future Mason Graduates!  Graduation should be a time of excitement and possibility, not a time to feel burdened by another expense.

To offer some financial relief, Mason has created the Gowns for Grads Program to make regalia available for our students who are unable to purchase regalia on their own.  If you are a first-generation student, low-income, Pell Grant recipient, Stay Mason recipient, or cannot afford regalia right now due to financial difficulties, then this program is for you!

Graduation should be a time to reflect and celebrate this amazing accomplishment!

Please click HERE or copy and paste the following link to access the application:


First Deadline (by 11:59pm est):
Oct. 6th, 2023

Second Deadline (by 11:59pm est):

Nov. 3rd, 2023

If students apply by the Oc. 6th deadline then they will be informed by Oct. 25th if they are selected. If students apply by the Nov. 3rd deadline then they will be informed by Nov. 15th if they are selected.

Gown Return Process:

Gowns must be returned by Jan 31st, 2024. to UL Central, suite 4211, on the fourth floor of SUB 1. on the Fairfax campus

If you need to return your gown via mail, please email csimpso@gmu.edu to let us know that you will be mailing it in.  Mail to University Life c/o Gowns for Grads 4400 University Dr. MS 2A4 Fairfax, VA 22030.

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Regalia Donations:

Are you a recent Mason grad who wants to donate your cap and gown?  You can drop it off anytime on the Fairfax campus in Sub 1, Suite 4211 or mail it to:

University Life
c/o Gowns for Grads
4400 University Drive, MSN 2A4
Fairfax, VA 22030

Monetary Donation:

Don’t have a gown to donate, but would like to donate funds to buy a Mason student regalia? You can simply make an online donation*.  You can also send a check made payable to the “George Mason University Foundation” and in the memo line reference “Student Success Initiatives” to the address listed above.  A donation of just $10 will be able to purchase a tassel and a $65 donation purchases full regalia for a student.  Specific costs are below.  You can donate for a specific item or with a lump sum towards the initiative.

Regalia can also be purchased at the GMU Bookstore:


Please email csimpso@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2884 for more information.