You are not eligible if you receive financial aid other than:
-Aid that George Mason distributes;
-Money from anyone on whom you are naturally or legally dependent;
-Financial Aid awarded to you on a basis other than athletics ability;
-Financial Aid from an entity outside your institution that meets NCAA requirements.
YOU MUST REPORT ANY OUTSIDE AID!!
A full grant-in-aid is a scholarship which includes tuition, room and board, fees and books-on-loan. A partial grant-in-aid is a scholarship covering some, but not all, of the expenses covered by a full grant-in-aid.
Some Athletic Scholarship Awards include Required Textbooks-on-Loan. It is the responsibility of those student-athletes who receive such awards to follow the regulations regarding this program. Failure to comply may result in monetary charges and/or loss of the Required Textbook-on-Loan benefit.
1. Book distribution is handled through the Academic Support Office.
2. All books must be returned each semester. The returning of all book is the responsibility of the student-athletes.
An Athletic Grant - In - Aid is a financial award given to a student-athlete based upon athletic ability or sports performance.
A qualifying student-athlete may receive an athletic grant upon recommendations of the coach and the Director of Athletics, with approval from the Office of Financial Aid. An offer of a financial award is contingent upon admittance to the University and the student-athlete's academic standing. Returning student-athletes must be academically eligible and making normal progress toward a degree to be eligible for an award.
Presently, the cost of tuition and fees, room and board and use of required course related books is the maximum amount awarded under an athletic grant-in-aid. Grants for lesser amounts are also given. It is important that all textbooks be returned at the close of each semester. Students will be billed for textbooks which are not returned.
An athletic grant is issued for one academic year and may be renewed for the next academic year. This renewal is contingent upon the attainment of academic eligibility and normal progress requirements. Continued participation is also required.
Athletic Scholarship Policy
1. The total amount of financial aid (excluding bona fide loans and aid from family) for athletes receiving athletic grants or other University designated financial aid (such as student employment, college work study, SEOG, University Scholarships or Grants, etc.) may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and the cost of required, course related books. However, an athlete receiving a PELL Grant may receive the maximum award for miscellaneous expenses as permitted under the PELL Grant program.
2. An athlete who fails to meet academic eligibility and normal progress requirements relative to the athlete's sport season by the first competition or the first day of classes, whichever comes first, may lose his/her athletic grant.
3. If a student-athlete is injured during practice, competition, or University sponsored travel to or from competition under Intercollegiate Athletics auspices, that student's athletic grant will be continued until the athlete receives his/her baccalaureate degree or through the athlete's fifth year of enrollment, whichever comes first. During the student-athlete's enrollment at the University, approved medical expenses will be covered under this policy. The University's obligation to provide medical care and financial aid under this policy will terminate immediately if appropriate University medical staff certify that an injured athlete has recovered sufficiently to permit competition and the athlete voluntarily chooses not to participate in athletics.
4. An athletic grant may be withdrawn if the student-athlete:
-Fails to meet academic eligibility and normal progress requirements as defined by the student-athlete's sport season,
-Voluntarily quits the team,
-Loses amateur status in the student-athlete's sport,
-Does not make the team,
-Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or tender, or engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty.
5. If a student-athlete's grant is withdrawn for any reason, the student-athlete has a right to a campus review of the action. Information regarding the procedure is available from the Office of Financial Assistance.
6. Pregnancy is considered an illness and is not a basis for withdrawal of athletic aid.
7. Graduate School. The decision to further athletic scholarship awards for athletes who have attained his/her baccalaureate degree and still have remaining eligibility shall be at the discretion of the coach.
Charges Not Paid By the Athletics Department
The types of expenses listed below are not covered and must be paid by the student-athlete:
1. All phone charges.
2. Cost of treatment for non-athletically related injuries.
3. "Consumable@" charges (i.e. lab fees for breakage, non-required field trips, etc.).
4. Library fines, parking fines or fines for damage to University property, including residence halls.
5. Key deposits or the cost of key replacements.
6. Replacement costs for lost Student I.D.'s.
7. School supplies, dictionaries, reference books, pens, notebooks, paper, art supplies, etc.
8. Vehicle registration fees or parking stickers.
9. University breakage deposit
10. Use of institutional phones to call off campus is strictly prohibited.
11. Use of institutional copy machines is prohibited.
As a non scholarship student-athlete, both recruited and non recruited (walk-on), you are entitled to all the benefits of a scholarship student-athlete, except for the Athletic Grant-In-Aid and benefits arising from these awards.
The following benefits are available to all student-athletes:
1. Academic advising assistance (i.e.: tutoring, career counseling, etc);
2. Training Room treatment for an athletically-related injury;
3. Strength and Conditioning facility use;
4. Referrals for vacation and term time employment;
5. Team travel and equipment use;
6. Training table meals during the season.
If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Compliance Office.