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Admissions and Application

Admission for Fall 2024 is closed.

Any applications received after Friday, February 2, 2024 will be considered for Fall 2025 Admission.

Mason LIFE Fall 2024 Application**

When you click on the link, you will need to create an account in Dynamic Forms to login and access the application. After creating an account, you will be able to log on and off as many times as you want, while you work, by “Saving progress” until you are ready to submit the completed application. Please note that only complete applications, with all required documentation, will be considered for admission.

**If you prefer a Microsoft (MS) Word version of the application to submit by mail, please contact the Mason LIFE Office Manager Stephanie Atkins at satkins5@gmu.edu.

The $70 application fee may be paid by credit/debit card using the payment link at the end of the online application. If you would prefer to submit a check or money order, please contact Stephanie Atkins at satkins5@gmu.edu for instructions.

Certain applicants, such as those who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, may qualify for an application fee waiver. Please note that a fee waiver requires you to submit appropriate documentation.

Recommendation Forms

Applicants — Please send this link to people completing recommendation forms to support your application: Mason LIFE Recommendation Form (this link is within the application as well).

Fall 2025 Admission Timeline

The Fall 2025 application will be posted by September 2024.

There is not an official application deadline; however, the admission panel will be meeting on Friday, January 10th to review applications received by this point and to select candidates for interviews. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they have been received.

Selected candidates will be notified for on-campus interviews by the evening of January 10th. On-campus interviews will be for the student and family/support member and will consist of spending the day meeting current students, support staff, and the core admin team.

*Applications received after January 10th will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

On-campus Interviews will be held Monday, January 27th – Wednesday, January 29th. Admission decisions and notifications will be sent out via email on Friday, January 31st.

You will also be asked to indicate your preference of on-campus living. On-campus living is optional, limited, and not guaranteed with acceptance into the program. Many factors are considered when determining campus housing including, but not limited to: diversity (i.e disability, race, ethnicity, gender, rank in program etc.), student’s distance from campus, and an assessment of independent living readiness which will be conducted during the on-campus interview.

If accepted for Fall 2025 admission, you must confirm your acceptance in the program by emailing your commitment and submitting a non-refundable enrollment fee of $250.00 within one week of your acceptance. Should you not respond within the week, your admission into Mason LIFE will be canceled.

Required new student and family orientation will take place in June 2025.

Cost & Aid:

  • Fall 2024/Spring 2025 Tuition Rates:
    • In State: $21,537/year, $10,768.50/semester
    • Out-of-State: $29,458/year, $14,729/semester
  • Housing On-Campus Program Fees:
    • Room Fee: $14,010 per year
    • Support Fees: $12,587 per year
    • Total Housing Costs: $26,597 per year

Documentation:

  • Psychological Evaluation or Educational Evaluation: Report must include – IQ, Academic and Achievement testing, as well as Executive Functioning and information/testing regarding behavioral and adaptive assessment, and social/emotional functioning
  • Related Services Assessments if applicable (Speech, PT, OT, Assistive Technology, etc.)
  • Most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP)—please include all pages
  • Two recommendations from a non-relative - one should be from a teacher and one from a related service provider or employer.