Institutional Scholarship and Grant Programs
Students receiving Jacksonville University scholarships, grants, and athletic grants-in-aid must be enrolled as full-time students in the traditional undergrad program.* The awards are available to students in good academic standing during regular fall and spring semesters only, and are not available for study abroad. Any awarded institutional aid is terminated if the student recipient interrupts full-time enrollment other than for summer break. Jacksonville University scholarships and grants may be reduced if the total gift aid available to a student is more than the student's direct costs, defined as tuition and on-campus room and board. Unless specifically stated, scholarships and grants do not cover books.
Institutional scholarships and grants are awarded for up to four years or normal degree completion (120 earned credits). For students who are enrolled in their final semester and who require fewer than 12 credit hours to complete their degree requirements, the University may permit a student to receive a prorated portion of his or her institutional funding for the final semester. Students who receive institutional scholarships and grants and who wish to enroll for fewer than 12 credit hours in their final semester must petition the Director of Financial Aid to determine if they qualify for a prorated award. Petitions must be filed prior to the beginning of early registration (mid-November and early April) in order to be considered. Restrictions apply.
*Institutional scholarships and grants do not apply to undergraduate accelerated degree & online programs.
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Honors Scholarships may be awarded to incoming freshmen of exceptional academic potential who have been fully accepted for admission and nominated for Honors participation by December 15. In addition, the student must complete a separate application process for the Honors program by January 15. Learn more about the JU Honors program here.
Awards are competitive and contingent on participation in the annual Honors Scholarship Competition which takes place on campus in early spring. Participation in the Honors Scholarship Competition is by invitation only.
All Honors Scholarships are renewable for four consecutive academic years, eight semesters, provided the student remains in good academic standing and enrolled in the Honors program. Should a student not continue enrollment in the Honors Program, the Honors Scholarship may be replaced with an alternative award of lesser value. Students receiving these scholarships must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15th each year. These scholarships do not cover course overloads or books.
William J. Porter Honors Scholarship
The William J. Porter Honors Scholarship covers full-time tuition, double room, and full meal plan. All federal and state entitlement programs, as well as state merit-based awards and other outside scholarships will be applied toward the value of this scholarship, only one (1) will be awarded.
Presidential Honors Scholarship
The Presidential Honors Scholarship covers full-time tuition. The value of the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) must be applied toward the value of this scholarship. All other gift and financial aid awarded the student may be applied toward Direct Costs, only two (2) will be awarded.
Jacksonville University Honors Scholarship
The Jacksonville University Honors Scholarship replaces any academic or talent scholarships awarded prior to participation in the Honors Competition. All other gift and financial aid awarded the student may be applied toward Direct Costs.
Jacksonville University President's Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to valedictorians graduating from high schools located in Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties in Florida. Only one (1) scholarship will be awarded in each county and will require the valedictorians to complete an additional essay prompt. The amount of the President’s Scholarship may be adjusted to maintain compliance with institutional, state, and federal awarding guidelines, however recipients are guaranteed that 100% of tuition will be covered from gift sources.
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Jacksonville Commitment Scholarship
Jacksonville University partners with the City of Jacksonville and the Duval County Public Schools to fund three (3) full JU scholarships per year. To be eligible, students must be attending a Duval County public high school, qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program and be accepted to the University. The students must apply to the Jacksonville Commitment directly as well as submit an additional essay to Jacksonville University. This competitive award will cover tuition, double room (does not include Oak Hall), a full meal plan, and books. It is awarded in the spring prior to the start of freshman year.
Jacksonville University Dean's Scholarship
The Jacksonville University Dean’s Scholarship may be offered to Honors Competition participants who are not enrolled in the Honors program (award levels will vary).
Jacksonville University Academic Scholarship
The Jacksonville University Academic Scholarship is awarded to qualifying high school seniors and transfer students upon acceptance for admission and is based on previous academic performance as demonstrated by high school and college academic transcripts, (award levels will vary).
Jacksonville University Academic/Talent Scholarship
The scholarship amount varies and is determined with consideration to both demonstrated academic ability and special talent. Audition or portfolio review is required along with a recommendation from the department chair. These awards replace any Academic Scholarship or Opportunity Grant awarded prior to talent consideration.
Jacksonville University ROTC Room and Board Scholarship
A Jacksonville University award for on-campus resident students who receive full-tuition ROTC scholarships funded by a branch of the military. The award is capped at the value of a double room (does not include Oak Hall) and a full meal plan and will be reduced by any state, federal, or outside gift aid the student receives. These awards replace any other Jacksonville University scholarship or grant awarded prior to confirmation of the ROTC scholarship.
Service Awards are awarded to qualified students who participate in activities such as art, band, chorus, theater arts, orchestra, intercollegiate athletics, student government and student media. Award amounts vary and are based on the recommendation of the supervisor of the activity. Applicants should contact the appropriate college or division.
Jacksonville University offers full and partial grants based upon participation in intercollegiate athletics. The decision to offer athletically related institutional financial aid is made by the athletic director and appropriate head coach. All athletically related financial aid is administered in strict accordance with applicable federal, state, NCAA, conference and institutional requirements. Total aid awarded to athletes may not exceed institutional direct cost limits and/or NCAA limits as defined by NCAA By-law 15.1.
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Completion of the FAFSA is required each year in order to determine eligibility for federal student aid.
Federal Pell Grants
Eligibility and award amount are determined on the basis of the FAFSA. The value of the award is from $1176 to $5,550. Awards are available to eligible students who enroll for at least three credit hours per semester.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
This is a federal grant for students with high financial need. Award amounts vary depending on available funds.
Federal College Work Study
Campus jobs may be awarded to full-time students as part of their financial aid packages to help meet need. Students are restricted in the number of hours they may work per semester and the maximum amount they may earn.
Federal Perkins Loan
This is a federal student loan administered by Jacksonville University. The interest rate is 5 percent and is paid by the federal government on behalf of the student as long as the student maintains half-time enrollment. Students make no payments until nine (9) months after ceasing at least half-time enrollment. Normal repayment is over ten years. Awards vary depending on available funds. Students must endorse a master promissory note prior to disbursement of funds. Absent congressional action, this fund will be phased out after the 2014-2015 academic year.
Subsidized Direct Loan Program
This is a need-based federal student loan with variable interest depending on the date of disbursement. Funds are available from participating banks and credit unions. Interest is paid by the federal government on behalf of the student as long as the student maintains half-time enrollment. Students make no payments until six months after ceasing at least half-time enrollment. Normal repayment is over ten years. The loan limit for freshmen is $3,500, for sophomores $4,500, for juniors and seniors $5,500. Students must submit a signed and completed application/promissory note to their lender in order to receive the funds.
Unsubsidized Direct Loan Program
Similar to the Subsidized Direct Loan, this loan is available to students regardless of need. Undergraduate students may receive up to $2,000 in unsubsidized funds in addition to the subsidized loan limit for their grade level. Interest begins to accrue and payments may be required while the student is enrolled. Students must submit a signed and completed application/promissory note to their lender in order to receive the funds. Repayment begins six months after the student ceases at least half-time enrollment.
Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Students
This is a credit-based federal loan available to graduate students. Graduate students may apply to borrow an amount up to the cost of education minus financial aid. The interest rate is 7.21 percent. Borrowers may request deferment during any period when they are enrolled at least half-time and during the six-month period that begins the day after the date when the student ceases at least half-time enrollment. The loan will be deferred while the borrower is enrolled in school at least half-time and the borrower may request forbearance to align repayment with Federal Stafford Loans. Students must complete the FAFSA and first apply for annual loan amount maximum eligibility under the Federal Stafford Loan program. Students must submit a signed and completed application/promissory note to receive funds.
Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
This is a credit-based federal loan available to parents. Parents may apply to borrow an amount up to the student’s cost of education minus financial aid. The interest rate is 7.21 percent. Parent borrowers may request deferment during any period when they themselves are enrolled at least half-time or when the student on whose behalf the loan was borrowed is enrolled at least half-time and during the six-month period that begins the day after the date the student ceases at least half-time enrollment . Parents must submit a signed and completed application/promissory note to the Financial Aid Office in order to receive the funds. The FAFSA is not required for PLUS Loan approval.
All first-time borrowers must participate in pre-loan counseling before they receive their first disbursement. The requirement can be satisfied on-line at www.studentloans.gov. At the time of graduation or termination of student status, students must report to the Financial Aid Office for an exit interview. An explanation of loan repayment terms and repayment schedule will be given to students at this interview.
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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
This state program provides lottery-funded scholarships to Florida high school graduates in recognition of high academic achievement. The Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance selects students, and notification of eligibility is sent to high school graduates in the months following their graduation from high school. Once awarded, students must elect to begin using this award within three years of high school graduation. Students who receive the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships are financially liable for withdrawals that occur after the end of drop/add in any semester. Recipients will be ineligible for future awards until repayment has been reported to the state by the reporting school.
There are three (3) levels of Bright Futures Scholarships: Florida Academic Scholars, Florida Medallion Scholars, and Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars*. Each of the three (3) levels has specific criteria for both initial eligibility and renewal. However, to be eligible for an initial award from any of these three programs, a student must:
- Earn a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be enrolled for at least six semester credit hours
- Not have been found guilty of a felony charge
- Apply for a scholarship during the final semester of high school. High school guidance offices or the Florida Department of Education have applications.
*Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarships can only be used to fund a career education or certificate program and is not applicable at Jacksonville University.
Florida Academic Scholars
The value of the award is $103 per enrolled credit (2016-17 school year). To be eligible for Florida Academic Scholars, a student must:
- Have achieved a minimum 3.50 weighted GPA (based on the Statewide Scholarship Weighting System) in the 15 high school credits required for admission to state universities
- Have test scores of at least 1290 SAT Reasoning Test (based on the combined Critical Reading and Mathematics sections only)
- or 29 ACT (excluding the writing section)
- or earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma
- or be named a scholar or finalist in either the National Merit or National Achievement Programs sponsored by the National Merit Corporation
A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for renewal, but 2.75 or above would allow the student to renew at the level of the Florida Medallion Scholars. Recipients must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits annually for renewal.
Florida Medallion Scholars
The value of the award is $77 per enrolled credit (2016-17 school year). To be eligible for the Florida Medallion Scholars, a student must:
- Have achieved a minimum 3.0 weighted GPA (based on the Statewide Scholarship Weighting System) in the 15 high school credits required for admission to state universities
- Have test scores of at least a 1170 SAT or 26 ACT
A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for renewal. Recipients must also successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits annually for renewal.
Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)
The annual value of the award is $3,000 (2016-17 School Year). This grant provides tuition assistance not based on need to Florida residents for attendance at eligible independent nonprofit Florida colleges and universities. Requirements for FRAG are:
- Must be a state resident for one year prior to the start of classes and be resident for other than educational purposes
- Must enroll full-time (12 or more credits per semester). Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits for each semester of award receipt and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for renewal.
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
The annual value of the award varies from year to year based on legislative appropriations. The maximum value of the award is $2,612, but individual awards may vary based on availability of funds. This is a need-based grant for Florida residents who meet the state’s eligibility requirements.
Florida Minority Teacher Scholarship
This collaborative performance-based scholarship program between community colleges and private universities and colleges provides a $4,000 scholarship for minority students who are enrolled as juniors or above in a state-approved teacher education program in one of Florida’s public or private universities or colleges. Awards are available to eligible African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native students, as well as dislocated military personnel and dislocated defense contractor employees. Initial applicants must complete Form MTES-1, which is available from the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance or the JU Financial Aid Office. Students are eligible to receive the award for a maximum of three consecutive years. The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers will notify all applicants nominated for a scholarship of the status of their applications.
State Prepaid Program
Funds paid into State Prepaid College Programs can generally be withdrawn and used for private institutions without penalty.
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Students who participate in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at JU may be eligible for NROTC scholarships awarded by the U. S. Navy (see “Division of Naval Science” in the College of Arts and Sciences section of the Catalog). Information about these scholarships programs may be requested from the Professor of Naval Science/Commanding Officer, JU NROTC Detachment.
Jacksonville University offers
JU Room and Board Scholarships and
College Program Room and Board Scholarships to eligible NROTC cadets. However, restrictions apply:
- Room and board scholarships offered to full tuition ROTC scholarship recipients may not exceed the cost of a standard double room (does not include Oak Hall) and 19 meals per week. In cases where an individual has previously been offered an institutional award with a higher dollar value, that award is no longer valid.
- The room and board scholarship will be reduced or eliminated if otherwise eligible recipients also qualify for additional federal, state, or outside scholarships or grants that would cause an individual’s total financial aid to exceed the cost of attendance determined by the Financial Aid Office.
- College Program Room and Board Scholarships may not exceed the value of a standard double room (does not include Oak Hall) and 12 meals per week and may not be used in combination with other JU scholarships and grants.
JU offers a $2,000 cash stipend to married NROTC Scholarship recipients who elect to live off-campus with their spouses. As with the on-campus housing awards, restrictions apply:
- The off-campus stipend will be reduced or eliminated if otherwise eligible recipients also qualify for additional federal, state, or outside scholarships or grants that would cause the individual’s total financial aid to exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
Jump In Grant
Jacksonville University will provide up to $10,000 per year for up to three years in matching grant assistance to qualified participants in the U.S. Navy’s Seaman to Admiral 21 program (STA-21). Some restrictions apply and applicants must file the FAFSA each year.
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Other government programs providing grants include Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security, and Veterans Administration. In addition, the various armed services have special tuition aid programs. Applicants for such aid should contact the agency concerned. Students eligible for aid under the G.I. Bill should contact Deirdre Willette in the Registrar’s Office for processing of Certificates of Eligibility.
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