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Financial Aid and Scholarships for Transfer Students

Financial Aid

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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 & 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 and Karyn Dingledine Scholarship - ONLY for VCCS transfer students
    • The award is made annually in the amount equivalent to full in-state tuition for two years at JMU
    • Application and recommendations must be postmarked no later than February 1. 
    • Eligibility:
      • Graduating from a Virginia Community College with a transferable A.A., A.S., or A.A&S. degree by the end of the Spring 2014 semester
      • Submitting a Transfer Dingledine Scholarship application - APPLY NOW
      • Applying for admission to JMU to begin summer or fall
      • Have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.5
      • At least 60% of your college credits must be completed from community college
      • 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 two scholarships may not be combined: Thomas and Karyn Dingledine Scholarship and the Madison Achievement Scholarship. If you are offered more than one, you may choose the scholarship you wish to accept.
  • 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.
  • Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant -  ONLY 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
    • Eligibility:
      • 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
View the full list of scholarship opportunities for current students.