Scholarship and Fellowship Policies and Procedures

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University Policy Number 55


Responsible Office:

Policy Procedure:

  • See below

Related Law & Policy:

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The policies and procedures set forth in this Administrative Policy are applicable to all George Mason University students who receive scholarship or fellowship payments and who are U.S. Citizens or resident aliens.  The policies and procedures pertain to all campuses of George Mason University, including the Fairfax Campus, the Arlington Campus and the Prince William Institute.


This administrative procedure is written to provide clear guidelines for scholarship and fellowship payments made to students who are U.S. Citizens or resident alien students.  For further information regarding non-resident aliens, reference Administrative Policy Number 52.  The purpose is to eliminate any inconsistencies in establishment of the award criteria, the selection of recipient(s), and the reporting of such payments to government authorities.  This procedure applies to all scholarships and fellowships paid by either the George Mason University Foundation or George Mason University.


1. The awarding department is responsible for ensuring that a) the criteria is legal, b) all students seeking financial aid can become aware of the award’s availability, and c) all scholarship awards are recorded on the University system.  This may be done by coordinating the award criteria with a scholarship coordinator in the Student Financial Aid Office before the award is finalized/announced.

2. If the scholarship is to be funded using Foundation dollars, the following documents must be received by the Foundation office: i) copy of scholarship voucher, ii) copy of the financial aid office’s approval of scholarship, iii) copy of the letter referenced in Section 4.  These documents should be forwarded to the Foundation by the awarding department, and must be received prior to the disbursement of the funds.

Revised August 1, 1995 3. All scholarship/fellowship payments made by the George Mason University Foundation will be payable to George Mason University in care of the student receiving the award.  Checks will be sent to the awarding department for deposit at the Cash Office.  If a payment must be made directly to the student by the Foundation, the payment request (from the project director of the account) must be accompanied by IRS form W-9, which certifies that the recipient is not subject to backup withholding by the IRS.  If the recipient is a non-resident alien, the award must be processed through the Office of Student Financial Aid in care of the student.

4. The awarding department is responsible for ensuring that all scholarship/fellowship recipients sign and receive a copy of the letter which states the following: “If you have any questions regarding the taxability and reporting requirements of this payment, please refer to IRS publication 520. You can get this publication by calling the IRS, at 1-800-829-3676 and requesting that they mail it to you.”


Any amendments and additions to Administrative Policy Number 55 are to be reviewed and approved by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Planning, and the President, George Mason University Foundation, Inc.


The policies herein are effective July 17, 1995.  This Administrative Policy shall be reviewed and revised, if necessary, annually and to become effective at the beginning of the University’s fiscal year, unless otherwise noted.


/S – Frederick A. Rossini, Provost

/S – F. Duke Perry, President, George Mason University Foundation, Inc.

/S – Maurice W. Scherrens, Executive Vice President for Finance and Planning


APPROVED: George W. Johnson, President

DATE: July 17, 1995