The Centennial Scholars Program application for the 2021-2022 academic year wll open February 1st for incoming transfer students applying for fall admission to JMU.

The application process has two phases; the eligibility phase and the interview phase. Applicants must be eligible for CSP in order to continue to the interview phase. The application process detailed below applies to incoming transfer students who plan to enter JMU in the Fall semester.

ELIGIBILITY (PHASE ONE)
  • Apply to JMU
    • Refer to the, "Apply to JMU" link for the Admissions' criteria and application process. Students who apply to JMU as a transfer, but are awaiting a response, are still able to apply to CSP. We highly encourage you to apply as soon as the application window opens.
    • Students must be a Virginia resident according to the Admission's Office application record.
  • Review CSP Eligibility and Undergraduate Program Requirements
    • Financial Please note: All students must be Pell Grant Eligible and within a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) range to qualify for an interview. All information provided on the FAFSA is preliminary until the JMU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can verify Pell Grant Eligibility.
  • Complete the Online CSP Application
    • Applications are available from February 1st to mid-March.
    • Students must have a JMU ID number to complete the CSP online application. Student's JMU ID number is located in the JMU Applicant Center, under "Personal Information."
  • CSP Decision Email Notice
    • CSP applicants will be contacted via email in mid-to-late May regarding their application status.
    • If all eligibility requirements are met, including admission notification to JMU, applicants will proceed to Phase Two of the CSP application process.
INTERVIEW (PHASE TWO)
  • Respond to the Email Interview Invitation
    • Eligible applicants will receive an email with a link to sign up for an interview time.
  • Attend the mandatory CSP interview
    • Transfer interviews are held in the Student Success Center on the JMU campus.
    • The interviews are typically held during the second or third week of June.
    • NOTE: Should we move to a Remote/Virtual interview process, you will receive an email with instructions on the process.
  • CSP Decisions Emailed
    • Within 1-2 week(s) after all transfer CSP interviews have been conducted, applicants will be contacted regarding their final decision.
    • Preliminary financial eligibility screening only determines if applicants are able to receive an interview.
    • The interview phase of the application process determines which students are accepted into the program, pending final financial verification.
  • Student Confirmation of CSP Grant Acceptance
    • Students must accept their grant award by the deadline stated in the email decision notice.
    • Final determination of financial eligibility is made by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS).
    • If OFAS determines that a student is not Pell Grant eligible, CSP is unable to accept that student into the program.

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