There continues to be problems with students and parents being able to file the 2024-25 FAFSA at In some cases, these challenges are preventing an application from being submitted at all. If you are experiencing problems in completing the FAFSA, please be persistent. Federal Student Aid (FSA) is continuously working on the application to resolve errors in the on-line form.

JMU will closely monitor our FAFSA volume once we begin receiving completed applications from FSA. At this time, FSA is telling schools they will start sending us FAFSA’s “the first half of March.” 

This online estimator was developed to help families plan for future educational costs at James Madison University.

The figures provided in this tool are estimations and are subject to change based on changes in school costs, changes to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), modifications to awarding formulas, and fund availability. This estimation is not intended to serve as a financial aid offer.

March 1st Priority Filing Date

The Department of Education must receive your FAFSA by March 1st to be considered an "on time filer". We suggest you submit the FAFSA on-line a few days before March 1st to ensure timely receipt. 

JMU’s FAFSA Priority Filing Date is March 1, 2024. This is a priority date, not a deadline. 

If you cannot meet the priority date, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA as early as possible, even after March 1st. 

We will offer awards as long as funds remain available to applicants who submit the FAFSA before or after March 1, 2024. 

Complete the FAFSA

Keep In Mind

The JMU Board of Visitors will set 2024-25 costs in April 2024. The costs displayed in this calculator are estimations only, and not predictive of what costs may be in 2024-25.

JMU offered scholarships are not included in this estimate. This is only an estimation of potential grants, Work Study, and loan eligibility using the information inputted such as your Student Aid Index (SAI) from the FAFSA.
For those unable to complete a FAFSA, use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to generate an estimated SAI to use in this calculator
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What amount will you receive in scholarships for the academic year ?
Award Estimate
This is not an official award notice, and it is not binding on JMU or the Department of Education. It is an estimate based on current Cost of Attendance (COA). The data you provide and the results will not be stored by James Madison University.
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Scholarship selections for Early Action admitted students that are solely merit-based (i.e. no financial need component) will be made by mid-February. Only students selected as scholarship recipients will be emailed notifications from by the end of February.

Selections for scholarships that have a financial need component in their eligibility cannot be made until after JMU begins receiving FAFSA. These selections will be made by mid-April.

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