Financial Aid is awarded to students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Aid will give first priority to students who file their FAFSA by March 1.
Scholarships and grants
We have a limited number of scholarships and grants available at JMU to incoming transfer students. Some scholarship opportunities at JMU available to incoming transfer students include:
Thomas A. Dingledine Scholarship
ONLY for VCCS transfer students
The award is made annually in the amount equivalent to full in-state tuition and fees for two years at JMU if eligibility requirements are met. For the 2016-2017 academic year, that amount is $10,390.
Application and recommendations must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1st.
1. Graduating from a Virginia Community College with a transferable A.A., A.S., or A.A&S. degree by the end of the Spring 2017 semester
5. At least 60% of your college credits must be completed from community college
6. At the time of application, at least one college-level transferable course must be completed in English, math, lab science, and social science
The following scholarships cannot be combined:
Thomas A. Dingledine Scholarship, Madison Award for Academic Excellence, First Generation Scholarship, Second Century Scholarship, Centennial Scholarship or Fellowship offers. If offered more than one of these merit-based awards, students must choose one and decline the other offer(s).
Virginia Two Year College Transfer Grant
ONLY for VCCS transfer students
This grant is available to all eligible transfer students from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS)
Student may recieve up to $2,000 for science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree or up to $1,000 for all other majors
Students must be transferring to a 4-year institution from a Virginia Community College
Have earned an Associate’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Must meet certain financial aid criteria (e.g. Virginia residency, estimated family contribution below $12,000, submitted FAFSA)
Must be enrolled at JMU as a full-time undergraduate student
For students with a high financial need
Financing the cost of higher education is a major barrier that has kept qualified and deserving students from under-served backgrounds from attending college.
To meet this challenge, JMU developed the Centennial Scholars program to lower this barrier for qualified under-served students who would not be able to enroll at a four-year institution.
Madison Award for Academic Excellence
A merit-based scholarship with priority given to students completing their second year of college
TheMadison Awards for Academic Excellenceare merit-based awards which recognize a broad spectrum of accomplishment and potential. Academic colleges and departments are responsible for selecting individuals who posses scholastic achievement within a particular area of study and demonstrate promise to the university.
The Jack C. Smith Scholarship
For prospective transfer students majoring within our College of Business and graduating from Mountain Empire CC, Virginia Highlands CC, Southwest Virginia CC, or Wytheville CC
Eligible students need only complete the JMU Transfer Application by the appropriate deadline and declare a major within the College of Business.