Financial Aid Process

Step 1: Visit campus and apply

At least a year before attending college, visit JBU's campus. You'll leave with the following financial aid knowledge:

  • Deadlines
  • Applications required (federal, state, and/or institution)
  • Aid available to you as a new student
  • Policies regarding the electronic filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or corrections

Every school has different financial aid requirements, forms, deadlines and policies, so it's import to visit JBU. Please see our Visit Page for more information on scheduling your visit.

Complete the Application for Admission, turn in your most recent high school transcript, and send official ACT or SAT scores. Please see our Admissions Page for more information on the admissions process, to meet your admissions counselor, or to review admissions requirements.

Step 2: File the FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://fafsa.gov before March 1. (Important Note: Parents living outside the U.S., please see our Special Instructions Page.) JBU's school code is 001100.

The FAFSA is available on October 1st for the following school year and will use prior prior tax year information.  

To complete the FAFSA, you and your parent (if you are a dependent student) will need an FSA ID. You can establish your FSA ID (username and password combination) when you log into the FAFSA.

Once you complete the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. The SAR will contain your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Please review the FAFSA for accuracy. Make corrections as necessary. Please resubmit the FAFSA after making corrections.  

It usually takes the Financial Aid Office about 3-5 business days to receive FAFSA submissions. The JBU Financial Aid Office will email you if we have any questions or need you to take any further action with your FAFSA.

Please be sure to return additional documentation, if necessary. You will receive emails notifying you of which documents we need. (For example, the government may require that we request a copy of your tax forms.)

This is a great time to also research Outside Scholarships. See the Outside Scholarships Page for help starting this research process. If you already know of an Outside Scholarship you will be receiving, please complete the Outside Scholarship Form

Step 3: Receive your JBU award letter

JBU will award financial aid after the student is accepted to JBU and has a completed financial aid file. We will notify you if your file is incomplete. JBU begins issuing financial aid awards to new fall students on February 15th.

The Financial Aid Office awards merit-based financial aid based on the requirements listed on the Scholarship Pages. JBU awards need-based financial aid to a student with financial aid need, as calculated by subtracting the student's EFC from JBU's cost of attendance. The total financial aid offer will not exceed a student's total cost of attendance. The student will receive the final financial aid offer via email.

Remember the initial offer may not be the last offer—it is generally only a starting point. Talk to your admissions counselor if you have questions or need additional assistance.

Step 4: College Decision Day

National College Decision Day is May 1st so let us know if you plan to come to JBU! May 1st is also the last day to receive a refund for your deposit. 

Step 5: Accept award letter and determine how to pay

Once you have reviewed your Award Letter with your admissions counselor, you will electronically accept your award letter. From there, you and your family will determine how to pay. Here at JBU, we bill for one semester at a time.    

Does your family want to use the monthly payment plan? This divides the amount due for the semester, by four. Payments begin in July for the fall semester and in January for the spring semester.

How much will your parent(s) be able to use from savings and other assets? Your parent(s) may want to consider a home equity loan, passbook savings loan or borrowing against the cash value of a life insurance policy.

How much will you, the student, be able to save from summer or school year earnings?

Investigate the Federal PLUS (parent) loan program to borrow some or all of what the aid offer and family savings do not cover. In addition, many lenders offer "alternative" educational loans to families with needs beyond the federal loan programs. Learn more about student and parent loans on the Loans Page

Watch for financial aid to pay. Financial aid pays to a student's account after a student has attended the required number of classes. Until this point, the Business Office sees the financial aid as "pending." 

Step 6: Complete paperwork 

You can complete any remaining financial aid paperwork (i.e. verification documents, work-study documents, loan paperwork) when you come for Eagle Base Camp or Registration. 

Eagle Base Camp is June 14th-15th, 2019. For more information, visit our Eagle Base Camp Page or ask your admissions counselor.

Orientation is August 23rd-August 27th, 2019. Students can complete Financial Aid Paperwork on Friday afternoon during Registration. For more information, visit our Orientation Page or ask your admissions counselor.