Do I still have to meet my scholarship renewal requirements due to COVID-19 disruptions during the Spring 2020 semester?
JMU will exercise flexibility in the scholarship renewal process for 2020-21 due to COVID-19. For renewal purposes, the cumulative GPA after completion of the Spring 2020 term will continue to be used to determine if the student qualifies for renewal. This holds true for all cases regardless of whether CR/NC grading options were utilized in whole or in part for the Spring 2020 semester. To find out more about grading options and various implications for Spring 2020, we highly encourage students to thoroughly read the following before making any final decisions.

In the case where a student falls short of the GPA requirement*, if there is a reasonable expectation that the student could have achieved the required GPA during the spring semester under normal circumstances, we will renew the scholarship under a probationary status with the expectation that the standard renewal GPA requirement be met by the end of the following Spring term.

*The exception would be any scholarship that requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA or to maintain academic good standing for renewal; to align with academic expectations, no flexibility would be exercised if the student’s cumulative GPA falls short of these requirements.

What different types of scholarships are available? 
There are a variety of different types of scholarships, but generally they are separated into two areas, need based or merit based.

How do I qualify for need-based scholarships? 
To be eligible for need-based scholarships at JMU, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The government uses this form to calculate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The financial aid office subtracts your EFC from your cost of attendance to determine your financial need. If you have any amount of financial need, you may qualify for need-based scholarships. Access the current or prospective student link for information about applying for scholarships.

How do I qualify for merit-based scholarships? 
The primary criterion for merit-based scholarships is exceptional academic performance. Other selection criteria may include leadership, involvement, geographical background, major field of study, and career goals. Pay special attention to deadlines as you prepare your scholarship application(s). Use the current or prospective student link to obtain information about applying for scholarships.

What scholarships are available to transfer students? 
At JMU, transfer students, who are currently enrolled when the application is due, are eligible for all scholarships available to current students.

What are the deadlines for current student scholarships? 
Scholarship deadlines vary, but generally occur early in the spring semester for the upcoming school year. Decisions are typically made around the end of the spring semester or during early summer.

What are some tips for seeking scholarships within my community? 
A large percentage of outside scholarships come from churches, high schools, and organizations such as the Elks and Moose lodges. Also, large companies in your area or your parents' employers may be good resources. In some instances, you may not have to be directly associated with an organization to qualify for a scholarship.

Where do I start? 
Review our scholarship web site, seek scholarships through your community and academic departments, and do your research. It takes a lot of work to get scholarships, but the reward is well worth the effort.

What effect will outside scholarships have on my financial aid package? 
If you have earned any outside scholarship funds, you are required to notify our office by completing the Supplemental Information Sheet. This information will be used in calculating your award package. If JMU has met 100 percent of your demonstrated need and subsequently you receive an outside scholarship, your financial aid package may need to be adjusted.

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