Mason Virginia Promise

The Mason Virginia Promise is a pathway to a bachelor’s degree or help starting a business for every Virginian who wants one.


ADVANCE Comunity College Partnerships

The MVP extends Mason’s ADVANCE Partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to select Virginia community colleges, including Germanna, Tidewater, and Piedmont, Virginia community colleges in Virginia.

Students who earn their associate’s degree at one of those community colleges would be guaranteed admission to Mason to pursue a bachelor’s degree. These expanded partnerships highlight ADVANCE's one-time admissions and financial aid process, significant cost savings, and access to additional grant programs, as well as a dedicated advisor for each student through their college journey to ensure success with no loss of credits.

WATCH: George Mason University's ADVANCE partnership featured on PBS News Hour

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Mason Enterprise

George Mason’s MVP initiative also includes training and financial support for all Virginians who aspire to start a business through Mason Enterprise’s suite of entrepreneur and small business programs.

MVP reinforces the university’s commitment to the economic success and growth of Virginia. Mason manages the more than two dozen Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in Virginia, as well as Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) and other related small business programs. “We are growing the next generation of entrepreneurs,” Mason President Gregory Washington says.

In 2021, the Mason Enterprise team advised and supported 11,000 small businesses with 42,000 hours of one-on-one counseling. In addition, 20,000 entrepreneurs took part in 753 no-cost or low-cost training programs. Mason’s entrepreneur and small business programs have made a $1.6 billion impact in the commonwealth.

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Related Mason in the Media

The U.S. Department of Education: Among the student transfer success stories, it cites the ADVANCE partnership between Mason and Northern Virginia Community College. (U.S. Department of Education)

Mason’s ADVANCE partnership with Northern Virginia Community College is cited as a successful example of the college transfer process. (Inside Higher Education)