Tuition and Financial Aid


To learn more about tuition at JMU click here.

Financial Aid

At James Madison University, we recognize the financial commitment and investment that comes with continuing your education. The Office of Financial Aid provides students with the information they need to facilitate decisions on their financing and borrowing options.

Applications for graduate financial aid are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Students interested in applying for financial aid are encouraged to do so at least 4 weeks prior to the start of a session. This increases the probability for aid to be awarded and available at the beginning of the fall and spring terms.  Summer school financial aid is generally delayed, and more information can be found about that at Summer Financial Aid.

Students who apply for financial aid and are eligible (see below) may be offered a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to a maximum amount of $20,500 for the academic year.  For additional details and information on financial aid for graduate students, please click here.

Get an estimate of how much it would cost to repay your loan. Click here to visit the Federal Student Aid Repayment Estimator!


To qualify for federal financial aid as a graduate student at James Madison University, you must:

  • Be admitted and matriculated into a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half-time (5 credits  per semester) in the session for which you are seeking assistance;
  • Be considered an eligible citizen, permanent resident or non-citizen as defined on the FAFSA;
  • Not be in default on a prior federal student loan and not owe a refund on a federal student grant;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

To see the complete list of qualifications, click here.

How to Apply

  1. Before beginning your FAFSA, make sure you have applied for and received a FSA ID. The FSA ID will allow you to sign the FAFSA electronically. You can apply for your FSA ID and
  2. File Your FAFSA (FAFSA). Visit to complete the FAFSA.
  3. You must list James Madison University as one of the schools entitled to receive this information and list our Title IV school code number, which is 003721.

To learn more about applying and to see our loan repayment calculators, visit JMU’s financial aid website.

Financial Aid Options

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applies for all forms of federal and state aid, as well as institutional grant aid. Additional applications may be needed for other programs.  

Grants & Scholarships

Federal Perkins Loan - Federal Perkins loans are very limited. Applications submitted after funds have depleted, will not be processed. You can learn more about this program here (

Complete Federal Perkins Loan Application

Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct Loan – When you enroll in JMU’s online Adult Degree Program, you can apply for the Federal Direct Loan Program. You can learn more about this program here (

Private/Alternative Loans

Summer Term Private Educational Loan
The application period for Summer 2016 loans has passed. Information about applying for financial aid, including Parent PLUS Direct Loans, for the Summer 2017 period will be available on our website in February 2017.

Fall and Spring Term Private Educational Loan
Do not apply for Fall 2017/Spring 2018 private education loans earlier than June 2017. If you submit an application prior to June 2017, your credit may expire before the loan can disburse.   

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