Scholarships & Financial Aid

​The Master in Public Policy degree at Jacksonville University is one of the most affordable programs of its kind in the nation. Tuition is approximately $19,200 for full-time students during the academic year, or $800 per credit hour. Merit-based and need-based assistance is available to qualifying JU MPP students. All financial assistance is administered by the Jacksonville University Office of Student Financial Assistance.

MPP Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-based scholarship funds have been established for qualifying JU MPP students. Awards are based on the overall candidate application, including grades, test scores, resume, letters of recommendation and essay.

JU Public Policy Institute Scholarship (JU PPI Scholarship)

All JU MPP applicants are eligible for a JU PPI scholarship. Applicants are evaluated for merit scholarship during the admissions review process.

MPP Nathaniel Glover Fellowship Fund


Students who would like to apply for this Fellowship should be seeking admission to the Master of Public Policy program and have completed an application. Additionally, all Nathaniel Glover Fellowship Fund candidates should submit a separate essay on their leadership and community commitment in Jacksonville, and an additional letter of recommendation discussing the individual's potential leadership role in North Florida. If awarded, recipients agree to remain and work in Jacksonville for 3 years following graduation.

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Application and Deadline

For consideration in the 2024 fellowship awards, applications, including all supporting documents, are due in April 2024. For more information or how to apply to the MPP program, please visit our website.

Rhodes Scholarship Fund

Robert Rhodes and his wife, Blythe, have endowed the Rhodes Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to a student in Jacksonville University’s Dual Master in Public Policy and Master in Marine Science program. Students who would like to be considered for the Rhodes Scholarship need to complete the graduate application for the dual program in Public Policy and Marine Science and be admitted into both programs. For more information or to apply to the dual degree program, please visit our website.

Public Sector Merit Scholarship & Tuition Reimbursement Program

The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute is pleased to partner with public employers and agencies including the City of Jacksonville (COJ), JEA, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO), Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), and St. Johns County to create an opportunity for public sector employees obtaining their MPP degree.

The Public Sector Merit Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Program combines a merit scholarship from the Public Policy Institute and the public employer’s tuition reimbursement program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Employed by COJ, JEA, JSO, JTA, or St. Johns County;
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited school, preferably including coursework in economics and statistics;
  • Application and admission to the MPP degree program at Jacksonville University; and
  • Employer approval to use the tuition reimbursement program. Please contact your Human Resources Department for tuition reimbursement eligibility.

Military & Veterans Scholarships

The Jacksonville University Veterans and Military Resource Center provides support and assistance to our many military and veteran students. Under the leadership of the Director of the VMRC, Mike Mitchell, we assist prospective and current students with admission, transition, academic success, and student involvement. We help students leverage University resources like Admissions, Advising, the Registrar, the Controller, Student Financial Services, the Career Resource Center, the Counseling Center, the Student Solutions Center, and others.

All applicants, including veterans and their dependents, are automatically screened for an academic scholarship or grant ranging in value from $1,000 to $18,000 per year based on academic merit.

Federal Student Aid & Assistance

By filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), prospective students may qualify for the Federal Direct Loan Program.  The Federal Direct Loans have both need based and non-need based eligibility options.  For more information from the JU Office of Student Financial Assistance, please be sure to file your FAFSA at More information on the Direct Loan Program is available at​

For more information contact Associate Director of Financial Services, Melissa Mack at or (904) 256-7061.

External Scholarship & Financial Aid Assistance​

The following information sources may also be helpful in seeking funding:

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