Congratulations on your acceptance to be a Duke! Financial Aid & Scholarship offers will be available mid-February. To learn more about the financial aid and scholarship process, check out the videos below.  For even more information, see our Financial Aid videos page and learn more about what financial aid options are available.

Remember, if you haven't filled out a FAFSA yet, the priority deadline is March 1st!  See our Apply Options page for more information about filing a FAFSA.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 When will I receive my financial aid award offer?

Financial aid offers will be sent to students admitted to JMU through Early Action in the middle of February.

 When will I receive notification of any scholarships I have been offered?

Any scholarships that are awarded to a student who also applied for financial aid will be listed on their Preliminary Financial Aid Offer, with the exception of Centennial and First Generation scholarships. A notification will be sent to the students email address listed on their Admissions application regarding those two awards. Students who did not apply for financial aid will receive a separate notification of any scholarship offers outside of the Preliminary Financial Aid Offer.

 How will I be notified of my financial aid and scholarship offers?

We will send an email to your home email address when your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information has been processed and your Preliminary Aid Offer is available. The Preliminary Financial Aid link in the Applicant Center can be used to view your Preliminary Aid Offer when it is available.

 My family has experienced an unexpected financial hardship, such as a parent losing a job. How do I let the Financial Aid Office know so they can take that into consideration when creating my financial aid package?

The process called Professional Judgment looks at extenuating circumstances that are not reflected on the student’s submitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is a committee that meets to review a family’s situation on a case by case basis. Information regarding the situations the Professional Judgment committee can review and the process it entails can be found here:

 Does JMU require the CSS Profile to be submitted for financial aid?

No, JMU does not require the CSS Profile. The FAFSA is the only application required to apply for federal, state aid, and institutional grants. This includes federal grants, federal loans, federal work-study, state grants, and institutional need-based grants. Information about applications that may be needed for certain scholarships can be found at

 How do I apply for scholarships at JMU?

Madison Scholarships Hub is the application center for all scholarships at JMU. This is located within the student’s MyMadison account. Check back into the Madison Scholarships Hub periodically for any additional scholarships through March 1st. 

 How do I know if JMU has received my FAFSA?

For early action students, if you do not receive a Preliminary Aid Offer by mid-February please email Regular action students will not receive Preliminary Aid Offers until mid to late March. Please keep in mind that if you did not place a social security number in your application with Admissions we will not be able to generate a Preliminary Aid Offer. Updates to social security numbers can be made with Admissions for admitted students.

 Does JMU offer a discount for siblings enrolled at the university?

JMU does not offer any discounts for multiple students enrolled at our University.

 I’m currently considered an out-of-state student; how can I get my residency changed to in-state?

You can find more information regarding this topic by contacting JMU Admissions.

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