Do I qualify for Summer Aid?

Students who enroll at least half time (i.e., six credit hours for undergraduates and five credit hours for graduates) for summer 2018 in an approved program of study at James Madison University may qualify for summer financial aid. You must complete two applications to receive consideration. First, you must file a 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at

How do I apply for Summer Aid?

Next, you will need to complete the JMU 2018 Summer School Financial Aid Application, which you can access on our website beginning March 19, 2018. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will use the information from these two forms to determine your eligibility for Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Grad PLUS Direct Loan, and Federal Parent PLUS Direct Loan funding during the summer. If you anticipate receiving the Federal Pell Grant, you should complete the summer aid application regardless of enrollment level. You can learn more about summer financial aid by reading the Summer Instructions.

Do I have to submit a JMU Summer School Financial Aid Application if I only want to apply for a private educational loan?

PLEASE continue reading EVEN if you are ONLY applying for a private educational loan in summer, as many of your questions about the process and disbursement timeframe will be explained.

Fiscal Year Shutdown

Will my summer disbursement(s) and/or refund(s) be delayed?

It is possible for some student disbursements and refunds to be delayed until after JMU's Fiscal Year Shutdown, which prevents aid from being disbursed for a few weeks, starting in the middle of June.   

Summer Hold

Why do I have a hold on my account and does it affect my fall registration?

As a result of federal regulations governing aid eligibility in modular terms (i.e., summer mini-sessions), it is possible to receive a passing grade in one summer course, withdraw or fail another, and have part of your financial aid immediately retracted. This is just one of many scenarios.

After you have been awarded aid for the summer term, any adjustment to your summer schedule, which includes reducing the number of financial aid eligible hours you are taking, reducing the number of weeks you are enrolled, and/or withdrawing or dropping from classes, could lead to a reduction or cancellation of your aid for the entire summer term.

As a result of these regulations, ALL students who apply for summer aid will have a REGISTRATION HOLD placed on their account IMMEDATELY after you submit your JMU 2018 Summer School Financial Aid Application. You will NOT be able to adjust your summer school registration without first consulting the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. This hold will NOT impact your ability to register for the fall term. It ONLY affects your ability to make changes to your summer registration.

This hold is being placed in order to protect you, as it necessitates a discussion with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships prior to changing your registration. This provides our office the opportunity to advise you of how the potential changes can impact your aid so you are not surprised with a bill later in the summer if/when aid is reduced.

Federal regulations make the timing of when you adjust your registration is critical, so don’t delay if you need to request the removal of this hold to do so. Here is an example:

summer terms

In this example, you’re enrolled for 6 financial aid eligible hours between the two 4 week sessions.  If all of your aid is disbursed and you drop the 2nd 4 week course after June 1st, you will be subject to the Federal Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) regulations, which means we will likely have to revoke some of the aid you already received for the summer.

However, if all of your aid is disbursed and you drop the 2nd 4 week course before June 2nd, while you are still taking the 1st 4 week course, then R2T4 is not applicable, but your loan may be reduced based solely on the 3 financial aid eligible hours you are enrolled in from the 1st 4 week course. 

With either scenario, your Pell Grant eligibility will be re-evaluated on July 1st, which is explained in the Summer Instructions.  However, with loans, the timing of when the class change is extremely important.  The lesson is if you need to make class changes, do so while you’re still taking another class, as that works in your favor more than waiting until that class is over.

For these reasons, please make sure your registration is FINAL prior to submitting your JMU 2018 Summer School Financial Aid Application and before the first day of the summer term (May 14, 2018). Otherwise, you WILL experience delays in being able to adjust your schedule.

How do I get to the JMU 2018 Summer School Financial Aid Application?

Summer Aid Instructions

The JMU 2018 Summer School Financial Aid Application will be available at the end of the Summer Instructions beginning March 19, 2018.  You must read through the Summer Instructions to gain access to the application.

Summer Aid FAQ

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