Scholarships & Financial Aid

​The Master in Public Policy degree at Jacksonvile 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 2018-19 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.

Haskell Company Teach For America-JU Public Policy Institute Scholarship (Haskell TFA-JU PPI Scholarship)

JU MPP applicants who are Teach For America Corp Members or alumni are eligible to receive a Haskell TFA-JU PPI Scholarship. Two awards are available per academic year.

MPP Minority Fellowship


African American students who would like to be considered for this Fellowship should complete the MPP application and be admitted to the MPP program. Additionally, fellowship candidates are to submit a separate essay about their leadership and community commitment in Jacksonville and a reference letter addressed to the Minority Fellowship Advisory Board with recommendation and potential for leadership in North Florida. If awarded, recipients agree to remain and work in Jacksonville for 3 years following graduation. Click here for more information on eligibility.

Application and Deadline

For consideration in the 2019 fellowship awards, applications, including all supporting documents, are due on April 24th. Click here for more information or to apply.

Click here for more information about the MPP Minority Fellowship

Public Sector Merit Scholarship & Tuition Reimbursement Program

The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute is pleased to partner with the City of Jacksonville (COJ), Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA), Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD), Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO), and Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 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, JFRD, JSO, or JTA;
  • 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.

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 Aid, 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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