Become Mason Merchants

Become A Mason Merchant

Mason Merchants are local businesses that accept Mason Money for payment transactions. The list of Mason Merchants is growing, giving Mason students, faculty, and staff more options to eat and shop with their Mason ID.

consumer insights

Let us help drive traffic to your business!

Being Mason Merchants, businesses will have the opportunity to connect with Virginia’s largest public research university and provide sales opportunities directly to Mason’s students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni.


Campus Population

Including 40,000+ students, 7,000+ faculty and staff, and counting


Mason Alumni Globally

With more than 68% working and living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area

$1.14 B

Economic Impact

Bringing diverse economic activities to the Northern Virginia economy

$1.5 m

Sales Activity

Exclusive to Mason Money program annually

How It Works

About Mason Money

Mason students, faculty, and staff use Mason Money, a prepaid declining balance account, to purchase goods and services on campus with the Mason ID or Mason Money Card. By becoming Mason Merchants, businesses are opening the door to 46,000+ potential customers.

To accept Mason Money, the business will need to equip a Mason Money card reader. Customers simply tap their Mason ID on the card reader to make purchases.

For more information, contact
Mason Card Office
(703) 993-1004

Mason Merchant accepts Mason Money for paymen transactions

How to Apply

Step 1: Contact the Mason Card Office for More Information

Contact the Mason Card Office at to inquire about the Mason Merchant program. A copy of the Mason Money Merchant Agreement will be sent to the applicant.

Step 2: Select the Card Reader

The Mason Card office will contact your business to confirm the equipment to be ordered and execute the agreement.

Step 3: Card Reader Setup

The wireless reader will be programmed and available for pick-up after receiving the signed agreement.

Step 4: Receive Complimentary Marketing

We will provide complimentary marketing materials for your storefront and promote your business on campus.

Mason Merchant Benefits

Complimentary Marketing to the Mason Community

Build Customer Connections at Engagement Events

Gain Fans on Social Media Accounts

Wireless Reader

Easily Accepting Mason Money for Payments

Accept Mason Money is beyond opening your business to the Mason customer. Businesses can process payments and get sale insights all in one device!

External Businesses can obtain a Mason Money reader device by becoming a Mason Merchant to process Mason Money payments.

Mason Departments and Student Organizations can rent the reader device for event tracking and the Mason Money payment process.

Get Started

  • Email the Mason Card Office at to request a wireless reader.
  • The wireless reader will be programmed and available for pick-up after receiving the signed Wireless Reader Agreement.
  • Equipment must be returned to the Mason Card Office within 24 hours of the event or by close of business the next business day.