Student Resources

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Get up to speed on all things Mason using the Graduate Student Resources guide.

Below is a list of the basic resources every graduate student needs to build a successful experience.

Finances and Funding

Earning a graduate degree is a great investment in yourself, but finding the money to pay for it can be challenging. Mason will give you the tools and knowledge to manage your budget and find the financial help you need. Resources include:

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Serving Students

The Mason Student Services Center is a central customer service point for student accounts, financial aid, enrollment, records, and more. Their website includes a knowledge base and messaging/chat, to expedite answers to your important questions.

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Health and Wellness

Wellness is integral to your success. Mason offers a variety of health and wellbeing resources, including:

  • Student Health Services - Enrolled Mason students get accessible and affordable health care in a supportive and confidential environment. Student Health Services maintains campus health information, including student immunization records and surveillance and response to COVID-19.
  • Graduate Student Health Insurance - Full-time students enrolled in a terminal degree for their field (PhD, DMA, DNP, DA, MFA) and have a graduate assistantship (Graduate Professional, Research, or Teaching Assistantship) are eligible for subsidized health insurance.
  • Recreation and fitness - Support your physical fitness and emotional well being by taking time-out with Mason Recreation. Multiple facilities and programs are available for nearly every interest and ability.
  • Student Support and Advocacy Center - When you need someone to listen, our trained staff will assist you in meeting personal challenges and overcoming barriers to success. The center supports students in recovery, and provides referrals for psychological services such as counseling.


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Make Time for Wellbeing

Mason Rec offers students many opportunities to prioritize mental and physical wellness while reaching your highest academic goals.

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Living near campus cuts your commute, giving you more time for studies and research. Get help with your housing search:


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Come home to Masonvale

Masonvale welcomes faculty, staff, and graduate students of George Mason University AND local public school teachers, Fairfax City and County employees, and active-duty military members.

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Parking and Transportation

We help you get to and from our campuses with parking, transportation, and shuttle information.

  • Bicycle Programs -Mason supports this eco-friendly and affordable option on our campuses with bike lanes, racks, shelters, and pumps, as well as a Capital Bikeshare station on the Arlington Campus.
  • City-University Energysaver Bus System - CUE -
  • This partnership between the City of Fairfax and Mason makes getting around Fairfax easy and economical. All busses are fully accessible.
  • Washington Metro Area Transit Authority - METRO - Get to Mason’s Arlington and Fairfax campuses through the Washington Metro system. In Fairfax, students ride the orange line to the Vienna Station, then board the CUE bus to campus. In Arlington, students ride the orange line to Virginia Square, then take a short walk (0.3 miles) to campus
  • Parking: Mason requires valid parking permits if you park longer than 30 minutes. Find parking regulations for your program’s campus on the Parking and Transportation website.
  • Patriot Lift - This system offers accessible transportation to help you navigate campus efficiently and safely.
  • Shuttle Services - Catch a ride between the Fairfax and Sci-Tech Campuses on the Mason Shuttle.
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Get Out From Behind the Wheel and Get Back in the Saddle

Stay fit on your commute. Cycling to Mason is a great choice for so many reasons. Mason offers incentives, changing rooms, and amenities for bicycle commuters.

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Lifestyle and Leisure

Make the most out of your time at Mason with leisure and entertainment activities that inspire and energize your creative spirit.

  • Mason Arts Calendar - Many performances at Mason's collection of professional venues are available free to full time students.
  • Mason Athletics - George Mason University's athletes take their talents to the limit in exciting NCAA competition. Enrolled students can register for free tickets for home games.
  • EagleBank Arena - Home court for the champion Patriots basketball teams, EagleBank Arena also hosts many national and international touring performances. Tickets are available through ticketmaster, and occasional discounts are offered to students through Student Involvement.


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Engage with the Arts

Mason's Great Performances series and the artist-in-residence program converge when artists are invited to interact with the academic and general community. In 2019, LADAMA was Mason's guest for this dynamic program.

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Networking and Connections

Build relationships with colleagues and fellow students that will last long after your degree conferral.

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Relationships Built for Networking

Engaging with student organizations and the graduate community through GAPSA  can help you stay prepared, engaged, and informed of career building opportunities.

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You can depend on Mason’s robust technical resources and support whether studying remotely or in a classroom. Information Technology Services (ITS) include:


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Get Support from ITS

Mason's Information Technology Services (ITS) division serves the majority of the Mason community's technology needs including email, data, instructional technology and more.

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