Stay Mason Korea Student Support Fund

The 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 full-time undergraduate students enrolled in degree-seeking programs while attending Mason Korea.

The Student Support Fund is designed to provide temporary, short-term, financial assistance to students who are managing demanding academic requirements while struggling with debilitating financial circumstances. The Student Support Fund is not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses, and the financial assistance is not a loan that is expected to be repaid. Usually, the total yearly budget is 5,000 USD, no single student will be awarded the full amount.

Application Deadline

Stay Mason Korea Student Support Fund will primarily be provided in the form of tuition deduction.

  • For the Fall semester, apply by the first Friday in July
  • For the Spring semester, apply by the first Friday in January
    ** Ad-hoc committee meetings will be convened based on student's urgent needs.

Requirements

To qualify for the Mason Korea Student Support Funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have been admitted as a student at George Mason University Korea in a degree-seeking program;
  2. Have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework at George Mason University Korea in their degree-seeking program;
  3. Be enrolled, or eligible to be enrolled during the semester for which the funding is being requested (no academic or conduct suspensions, or full academic withdrawals);
  4. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as outlined in George Mason University’s policy*;

Satisfactory Academic Progress requires that undergraduate students maintain a 2.0 GPA and a 67% completion rate. For more information please review the policy at: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Mason Korea Student Support Fund Committee. Decisions made by the Mason Korea Student Support Fund Committee are final.

  1. Provide necessary supporting documentation in the application:
  2. Attend a consultation with the office of Finance at GMUK to explore long-term financial options, when requested by the committee.
  3. Attend an interview with the Committee.
  4. The Committee makes a final decision on the amount awarded to the student.
  5. The student selected for the Fund will receive an official letter via email.

There is no guarantee that funding will be available for all applicants at any given semester and the university may discontinue this funding at any time. The Mason Korea Student Support Fund is not meant to provide long-term or full tuition relief. Students can be granted aid up to a maximum of three times. Priority will be given to students whose continued enrollment at George Mason University may be at risk because of unexpected and unforeseen events or expenses.

The number of students who can be served by the Mason Korea Student Support Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund may be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the university.

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Stay Mason Korea Student Support Fund Review Committee

Chair: Representative from Finance – will vote only in case of a tie. 

Vice-Chair: Representative from Student Affairs - Receives requests, prepares materials for consideration, and convenes meetings, maintains meeting minutes, notifies recipients, maintains records of committee activities, and follows up with recipients as needed.

2 Staff members: 1 from Academic Affairs; 1 from any other University department. 

1 Faculty: Appointed on a yearly basis by Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

** Minimum three members must be present.