Financial aid

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:

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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 2015-2016 academic year, that amount is $10,066.

  • Application and recommendations must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1st.
  • Eligibility:

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 2016 semester

2. Submitting a Transfer Dingledine Scholarship application - APPLY NOW

3. Applying for admission to JMU to begin summer or fall

4. Have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.5

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

  • Criteria for Maintaining Scholarship Eligibility

  • The following two scholarships may not be combined:

    • Thomas A. Dingledine Scholarship and the Madison Achievement Scholarship. If you are offered more than one, you may choose the scholarship you wish to accept.

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

  • Eligibility:

  1. Students must be transferring to a 4-year institution from a Virginia Community College

  2. Have earned an Associate’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA

  3. Must meet certain financial aid criteria (e.g. Virginia residency, estimated family contribution below $12,000, submitted FAFSA)

  4. Must be enrolled at JMU as a full-time undergraduate student

Centennial Scholars

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 Achievement Scholarships

A merit-based scholarship with priority given to students completing their second year of college

The Madison Achievement Scholarships are 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.

View the full list of scholarship opportunities for current students

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