Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - George Mason University


Financial Information

Mason LIFE

Academic Tuition

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 tuition rates:
In State: $19,900/year, $9,950/semester
Out of State: $26,500/year, $13,250/semester

Residency On Campus Program Fees

$10,000/year is the room fee, $11,250/year is the support fee for a total cost of $21,250 per year
Room fees are $5,000 per semester with an additional $5,625 per semester to include residential support fee and overnight support staff and their room fee.

Residency Off Campus Program Fees

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Residential Support Fee: $8,800/year, $4,400/semester
PLEASE NOTE: Rent is paid directly to the landlord and includes rent for the overnight support staff.

Resources for Funding at George Mason University

  • College's hidden costs: What the admissions office does not tell you.
  • Federal Pell Grant: Based on the information submitted on your FAFSA, The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will determine qualifications. The award range 2015-2016 is a minimum award of $600 to a maximum award of $5,775. Submissions can be done through https://fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Alternative Education Loan: Students and parents who need additional funding may want to consider an alternative education loan with Sallie Mae. Sallie Mae currently offers a Smart Option Loan that is approved for non-degree programs such as the Mason LIFE program. The Smart Option Loan is based on credit-approval and Mason LIFE students will need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer. Families may apply for the Smart Option loan online at http://www.salliemae.com using the school code/branch 00374900. Please note that while Sallie Mae is approved for non-degree programs such as Mason LIFE, not all lenders are approved for non-degree programs.
  • Mason Payment Plan: Monthly payment plans are available through the Student Accounts Office. Visit their website and click on the Payment Information tab. Instructions can be found on the Student Accounts website at http://studentaccounts.gmu.edu.
  • Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services (DARS): DARS is an employment program working with individuals with disabilities. Their services are based on an eligibility process as well as financial means participation. All services are determined, coordinated and provided based on an established employment goal.
    The employment goal must be determined based on viable paid employment opportunities.
    Please visit DARS website for additional information at http://www.vadars.org/.
  • Virginia Prepaid Education Program (VPEP) or Virginia529 College Savings Plan: For those families who have contributed to a 529 Savings Plan, funds can be used for partial payment of tuition. The site for this type of funding is http://www.virginia529.com.
  • Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board: For those students that qualify for self-direct funds. More information can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/.
  • Mason LIFE Scholarships: The call for requesting assistance is sent via e-mail on June 1st with awards being announced by June 25. Financial awards are based upon the number of families that apply, families who also support other students in an Institute of Higher Education or other dependents, and total program funding. The 2015-2016 funds range from 500-2,000/year. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Atkins, Mason LIFE Office Manager, satkins5@gmu.edu, or (703) 993-3905 with the Mason LIFE program.


Mason LIFE Program payments go through the Student Accounts Office.