James Madison University

Financial Assistance


All students receive full-time teaching or graduate assistantships, which include approximately $14,500 annually and coverage for tuition (36 credit hours/year). Students receive their assistantship funding across 12 months and are expected to commit up to 20 hours per week to assistantship duties during the fall and spring semesters and 10 hours per week during the summer semesters.

Because of the unique support provided to the program by the University, students can expect to receive GAs or TAs for up to three years. Students requiring more than three years to complete the course work portion of the program must apply for and be granted an extension. All extension requests must be approved by the Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program Committee.

Application for Additional Financial Assistance

If students require further financial assistance (e.g. student loans), students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. For assistance or questions regarding completing this form, contact the JMU Office of Financial Aid (http://www.jmu.edu/finaid).

Students need not apply for their assistantships, as this is taken care of automatically by the Core Faculty upon acceptance to the program.