Financial Aid

Frequently asked questions

Paying for college can be overwhelming. Explore this page for answers to frequently asked questions about tuition, financial aid and more.

How does JBU know how much I or my family can pay?

The FAFSA calculates your estimated family contribution (EFC). JBU uses this number to determine if you qualify for federal aid and as a starting point for offering institutional need-based aid and work-study. 


Do I have to pay back the money JBU gives me?

Scholarships and grants do not need to be repaid. Loans do have to be repaid. Certain grants, such as the TEACH Grant, may turn into loans if you do not continue to meet the conditions of the grant. 


What if my financial aid offer doesn’t work?

Let your admissions counselor know so they can explore additional opportunities with you. 


Do I have to complete the FAFSA more than once?

The FAFSA should be submitted every year you intend to enroll.


Why should I file the FAFSA?

Even if you think you won’t get anything in the form of federal aid, you should still file the FAFSA. JBU offers its own need-based aid based on your FAFSA results. The FAFSA is also required to determine work-study eligibility and for some state scholarships, like the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.


I received an outside scholarship. Should I report it to the Financial Aid Office?

If you are the recipient of an outside scholarship, please complete the Outside Scholarship Notification Form.


How many hours do I have to enroll in to be considered a full-time student?

You will have full-time status if you enroll for at least 12 hours. Some scholarships, such as the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, may require you to take additional hours each semester.


Are scholarships available to part-time students?

Some federal aid may be available to you as a part-time student, but JBU does not offer institutional aid to part-time students.


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