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George Mason University

Apply for an Exemption

We want everyone to enjoy the full spectrum of the college experience, including living on campus. However, we understand that life happens, and that scenario doesn't work for all of our students.

Young Family in First Day of School

Students who have dependent children can be granted an exemption from the rule requiring incoming freshmen to live on campus

Exemption Request Process

New, incoming Fall Semester Freshmen students who believe they qualify for a waiver and want/need to live off campus can submit an exemption request online via eLiving. Log in with your G number; your password is your birth date (MMDDYYYY).

Exemptions will be accepted for students who will be above the age of 20 by the start of Fall 2018 or who have close residency to campus with a parent or legal guardian. The residence must be within the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, or Loudoun. 

If your exemption is for one of the following reasons, you will need to provide the documentation listed below:

Married: Copy of marriage certificate

Dependent family: Copy of child's birth certificate or page one of your most recent tax return (Federal or State), showing the child or parents as a dependent. Financial information and the first 5 digits of Social Security numbers can be redacted

Veteran Status: Copy of DD Form 214, or its equivalent

Exemption Request for Special Circumstances

If you would like to request an exemption from the freshmen live-on requirement for reasons outside the approved reasons listed above, you may do so by selecting “other” on the online exemption request form and submitting compelling accompanying documentation. Some reasons include financial or health/medical. 

Please mail or fax all required documentation to the Housing and Residence Life Office, Attn: Freshmen Housing Exemption, located on first floor of Potomac Heights Residence Hall.  The mailing address is 4400 University Drive MS 3F6, Fairfax, VA, 22030-4444.  The fax number is (703) 993-2744. We must receive the completed online application as well as all accompanying documentation no later than May 1, 2018.


Exemption Deadline for Fall Semester: May 1, 2018


 

Fairfax in the Fall

If you live with your parents in Fairfax County, Virginia, you can request a waiver, and live at home while attending Mason.