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James Madison University provides several resources and programs to help its prospective and returning students pay for their education. In an effort to help students prepare for college from a financial perspective, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides a small array of videos to help students understand the financial aid process including one on student loans and financial aid awards. A larger array of videos can be found here and used as an additional financial aid learning resource. James Madison University provides tools and calculators to its students. Here is the undergraduate net price calculator along with a link to the undergraduate cost of attendance page. A helpful glossary of financial aid terms is available for students and families learning about this process.


James Madison University provides students of all types with scholarships, grants, and other types of financial aid necessary to help navigate their educational goals from a financial perspective. There are resources for transfer students to navigate financial aid along with

graduate student financial aid resources. Grants that are institutional, commonwealth, and federal are also provided. Students must submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for any need-based aid. The Centennial Scholars Program is the university’s largest need-based scholarship program available to students.Scholarships are also available for academic and talent success. There are special interest scholarships, outside scholarships, studying abroad scholarships and veterans programs and scholarships available to students. Summer financial aid may also be available for select students. Tuition waivers are possible for JMU employees.


In addition to scholarships, grants, and federal loans, JMU offers a way for students to access work-study jobs and other on-campus jobs through its JMU Joblink page. Additionally, there is a page for students to check out a variety of off-campus job opportunities and positions to help pay for James Madison University.


A library of Financial Literacy resources can be found on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships page including on and off-campus budgeting worksheets and case-studies, Winning With Money Youtube video, links to financial awareness basics, money management guides, tax information, etc. Financial Aid videos provide helpful information about the financial aid process and can answer many questions for students.


Financial workshops are sometimes offered to James Madison University students and employees. Although these are generally geared toward employee learning, there are several types of  financially-themed workshops that students may find helpful.

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