Madison Family Newsletter: December 2021

Madison Family Newsletter: December 2021

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The Madison Family Newsletter is created each month by the Office of Parent Relations in partnership with many members of the JMU community. For more family resources, visit our website.

A Letter from Dr. Tim Miller

Hello everyone,

I’d like to start with a big congratulations to those of you with a student graduating in December! I know this is an important moment in time for your family and I hope you will take time to celebrate this milestone together. I’m so proud of their accomplishments and hope they stay in touch with JMU in the years to come. Please remind them that in the two years following their graduation, they can still schedule appointments with career advisors, participate in Career Fairs, career workshops and more. They can also schedule an appointment (Zoom, phone or in-person) by visiting the Career Centers website.

For everyone else, as soon as finals week is over it will be time for a nice long break. As a reminder, residence halls close on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. and will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

If your student wants to be tested for COVID before they return home, they can attend open walk-up testing Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – noon in Warren Hall 502.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Winter break, enjoy time with your Duke and we will see you again in 2022!

Take care, and Go Dukes!

Dr. Tim Miller

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dental Services on Campus?

Submitted by: Angela Ritchie, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, Student Affairs

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Financial Aid Disbursements and Starting Classes

Submitted by: Brad Barnett, Director, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Spring Financial Aid Disbursements:

Financial aid disbursements generally occur during the first week of each semester if all paperwork has been submitted in a timely fashion and the student is registered for the amount of hours used to determine financial aid eligibility. If you want to learn more about the disbursement process, timeframe, and financial aid refunds, you can read Section 8: Financial Aid, Disbursements, Your Bill, and Refunds of the Financial Aid: Terms and Conditions – Consumer Information document.

Beginning Enrollment:

It’s important to note that students must begin attendance in the classes for which they receive financial aid. Reading the “Beginning Enrollment” portion of Section 1: How Financial Aid is Awarded at JMU and General Eligibility Requirements of the Financial Aid: Terms and Conditions – Consumer Information document will explain what constitutes “attendance” for the purposes of meeting this eligibility criterion. Students who do not begin attendance in classes for which financial aid is awarded may be subject to a reduction or cancellation to their financial aid package.

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Tip: Keep up with important dates and deadlines by bookmarking the Academic Calendar

Give the gift of opportunity this holiday season

Submitted by: Nora Sutton, Assistant Director, Office of Annual Giving

Don't forget JMU in your year-end giving! The Parents & Families Fund was established for JMU parents, guardians, and family members who want to support the programs that enrich their student’s Madison Experience. Your gift brings new ideas to life and provides transformational opportunities in research, service and other enriching experiences. Remember to make your gift by December 31 in order to receive tax benefits for 2021.

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Join 5,600+ fellow JMU parents and guardians in the official Facebook group! This group was created by the Office of Parent Relations in an effort to provide a safe online environment for parents to engage with one another. Request to join the group here »


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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2021

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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