Paying for College

We get it—college can be expensive. But a college degree is a lasting investment, not just in your education, but in your career and future. 

When you choose Mason, you're choosing one of the best values out there in higher education. You’ll not only get the chance to take classes with nationally recognized faculty and highly motivated classmates, but you’ll also have opportunities for valuable internships and hands-on research. As a Patriot, you’ll also gain access to a large career network that will continue to support you once you graduate.

Mason's Net Price Calculator

The net price calculator is primarily designed to help prospective undergraduate students estimate the cost of attending Mason. It provides a preliminary estimate of cost, as well as insight into the possibilities of federal, state, and other types of institutional financial aid for which you may be eligible. Note that this calculator is offered only as a planning tool for you and your family, as stipulated by federal guidelines.


2022–23 Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees

The Office of Student Financial Aid calculates an estimated budget of the average educational costs associated with attending the university. This includes the cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies, transportation expenses, and other personal expenses. Your actual cost will vary depending on your number of credits, fees, your choice of housing and meal plan, and other variables.

This estimated budget is called the cost of attendance (COA). Your total financial aid package and outside resources/scholarships may not exceed the COA. The university will bill for tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meal plans, but financial aid may also be used to pay for items that the university does not bill for directly, such as books, off-campus housing, transportation, and personal expenses.

2022–23 Cost of Attendance


Tuition Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
In-state, full-time per year $13,404* $12,672** $26,264
Out-of-state, full-time per year  $37,568* $28,890** $41,880

*Undergraduate estimated tuition costs are based on full-time status of 12–15 credits per semester.

**Graduate estimated tuition costs are based on 9 credits per semester. Tuition may vary depending on your academic program. Please review your program’s current, actual tuition and fees for more information.

Please view the Law School’s site for the cost per credit.

Room and Meal Plan

Housing Type


Graduate Law
On-Campus* $13,120 N/A N/A
Estimated Off-Campus $13,774 $22,186 $22,186
Estimated Living with Parents** $5,310 $5,310 $5,310

*Based on an average of the Traditional Double and Suite Double rooms. Room and board costs vary based on your choice of residence hall and meal plan.

**Students living at home do not have room costs.

Estimated Transportation

Housing Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
On-Campus $1,268 N/A N/A
Off-Campus $2,440 $2,440 $2,440
Living at Home $2,440 $2,440 $2,440

Mason students have access to free public transportation aboard the Mason Shuttles system, as well as Fairfax City’s CUE Bus system.

Estimated Personal Expenses

Housing Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
On-Campus $2,236 N/A N/A
Off-Campus $5,350 $5,350 $5,350
Living at Home $2,236 $5,350 $5,350

Estimated Additional Costs

Expense Type Undergraduate Graduate Law
Books $1,278 $1,278 $1,278

Note: Several courses require additional course or lab fees.

Additional information on fees is available through the Student Accounts Office.

New Student Fee

This is a mandatory, nonrefundable, one-time fee that is charged to the account of every newly admitted, degree-seeking student at the time of registration, regardless of orientation attendance or enrollment status. The new student fee is $350 or $275 for transfer students.

Truly, Mason has been a great fit for our son Alain; he has benefited from a caring advisor and exceptionally qualified professors . There are so many opportunities for a variety of clubs, intra-mural sports, and fitness classes. The proximity to D.C. allows for many outings, whether they are class-related, for community service or for entertainment. Our son Alain is in good hands!

Parents of Alain Jacobsen, Class of 2017 (Baker, MT)