Under terms of the Senior Citizen Higher Education Act of 1974, eligible Virginia residents (requires legal domicile for one year) that are 60 years of age or older are entitled to enroll to audit (no academic credit received) up to three academic credit courses per semester and pay no tuition or fees, except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials or laboratory fees.
Senior citizens may also enroll in an academic credit course and earn academic credit for that course. However, tuition (for courses taken for credit) is waived only if citizens have a taxable income not exceeding $15,000 for Virginia income tax purposes for the year preceding the year in which enrollment is sought. Income verification is required for this option and citizens are responsible for paying course-related fees (mentioned above).
Senior Citizens must complete the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver form, available at the Registrar’s office or online to have tuition waived (if applicable) and to apply the audit grade type. Senior citizens must register for courses via Patriot Web and adhere to all registration policies and must add and drop courses by the deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar.
The procedure for applying to Mason as a senior citizen is exactly the same as the standard procedure for any other student status. You must:
The Senior Citizen Application Guide will provide detailed instructions to assist you in filing your application. Admission (even to take courses as a non-degree student) is competitive and is not guaranteed.
If you are accepted as a student at George Mason University, you will need to gain access to Patriot Web in order to register for courses. To establish your Mason username and password, please visit Password Management at https://password.gmu.edu.
You will be assigned a registration time ticket which will indicate the first day and time you will be eligible to register for the semester. You may view your registration time ticket by following these instructions: