The total cost of attendance at James Madison University is
(which includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses)
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.
The average student at James Madison University pays
James Madison University's financial aid meets
of student's demonstrated need
At James Madison University
of freshmen receive some form of financial aid
The average James Madison University merit scholarship for students without financial need is
James Madison University provides a variety of freshman and transfer merit scholarships to it's incoming students. For most of the merit-based scholarships, the application for admission packet will be all that is needed to apply for merit-based scholarships. The following are the primary merit-based scholarships offered by James Madison University along with specific additional information and links if applicable:
The Madison Awards for Academic Excellence are awarded to approximately 350 students annually based on merit, accomplishment, and potential and no additional application is needed. Students will be evaluated based upon their admissions application packet.
Dingledine Scholarships are provided based on academic achievement, leadership, and community service and require additional application requirements including an essay and letters of recommendation. There are also continued eligibility requirements to continue receiving this award.
The Second Century Scholars Program is an academic based scholars program for incoming freshman pursuing select majors in the STEM categories (Biology, Biophysical Chemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Geographic Science, Geology, Intelligence Analysis, Integrated Science and Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics). Awards are up to 75% of in-state tuition and fees. An additional application is needed. More information along with a practice application can be found here.
Additional merit-based departmental or office-specific scholarships can also be found listed here. Examples of these are alumni scholarships, some endowment-related scholarships, and program-specific. Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions can be found to help students learn more about the various types of scholarships offered at James Madison University.
Very few students pay the full price. Here's the average cost for students in different income brackets:
The average student at James Madison University takes out
in student loans
The student loan repayment rate at James Madison University is
after five years
after seven years
At James Madison University
after three years
The average starting salary for a James Madison University graduate is
After graduation, here's how the average salary at James Madison University grows over time:
James Madison University's full cost of attendance has increased an average of
per year since 2014
James Madison University's average net price has increased an average of
per year since 2014
Given past trends, we expect James Madison University's tuition pricing to be the following: