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JMU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions

What different types of scholarships are available?
There are a variety of different types of scholarships, but generally they are separated into two areas, need based or merit based.

How do I qualify for need-based scholarships?
To be eligible for need-based scholarships at JMU, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The government uses this form to calculate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The financial aid office subtracts your EFC from your cost of attendance to determine your financial need. If you have any amount of financial need, you may qualify for need-based scholarships. Access the current or prospective student link for information about applying for scholarships.

How do I qualify for merit-based scholarships?
The primary criterion for merit-based scholarships is exceptional academic performance. Other selection criteria may include leadership, involvement, geographical background, major field of study, and career goals. Pay special attention to deadlines as you prepare your scholarship application(s). Use the current or prospective student link to obtain information about applying for scholarships.

What scholarships are available to transfer students?
At JMU, transfer students, who are currently enrolled when the application is due, are eligible for all scholarships available to current students.

What are the deadlines for current student scholarships?
Scholarship deadlines vary, but generally occur early in the spring semester for the upcoming school year. Decisions are typically made around the end of the spring semester or during early summer.

What are some tips for seeking scholarships within my community?
A large percentage of outside scholarships come from churches, high schools, and organizations such as the Elks and Moose lodges. Also, large companies in your area or your parents' employers may be good resources. In some instances, you may not have to be directly associated with an organization to qualify for a scholarship.

Where do I start?
Review our scholarship web site, seek scholarships through your community and academic departments, and do your research. It takes a lot of work to get scholarships, but the reward is well worth the effort.

What effect will outside scholarships have on my financial aid package?
If you have earned any outside scholarship funds, you are required to notify our office by completing the Supplemental Information Sheet. This information will be used in calculating your award package. If JMU has met 100 percent of your demonstrated need and subsequently you receive an outside scholarship, your financial aid package may need to be adjusted.


Our Mission Statement
Recognizing our responsibility for continuous improvement and for the overall education and development of our students, we will ASSIST with identifying and obtaining resources to finance higher education;
DELIVER funds in a timely and equitable manner; and EDUCATE, so that informed financial decisions can be made.

  Contact Information:
   Student Success Center
   MSC 3519
   Harrisonburg, VA 22807
   540-568-7820 (phone) 
   540-568-7994 (fax)

Susan K. Moyers

Associate Director for Grants and Scholarships

Email: moyerssk@jmu.edu   


Steven N. Cox

Assistant Director for Scholarships

Email: coxsn@jmu.edu  


Vivian Ferris
Scholarship Coordinator

Email: ferrisvl@jmu.edu


Kimberly Robinson

Email: robinsks@jmu.edu