Financing Your Graduate Education

Tuition and Fees

Financial transparency is important to JSU, and we publish all tuition and fees on the Office of Student Accounts website.

Options for Financing Your Graduate Education

Jacksonville State University offers a broad program of financial aid to assist as many qualified students as possible. Most aid programs are based on the individual need of the applicant. Demonstrated financial need is determined by completing an independent, standardized need analysis form called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web. The JSU Title IV Code is 001020.

Once the applicant completes the FAFSA on the web, the applicant is sent a Student Aid Report (paper or by email link) and also forwards information to the college(s) the applicant lists to receive the data. It is the student’s responsibility to check his/her JSU email and MyJSU for detailed information. The Student Aid Report is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid and other financial aid programs, as it contains the expected family contribution to the applicant’s cost of attendance.

Application for financial aid must be made for each academic year; no awards are automatically renewed from year to year. Although the university accepts applications through the academic year, March 15 has been established as the preference deadline for applying for most types of assistance.

Those interested in detailed information on federal financial aid may visit:

JSU Financial Aid Office
107 Angle Hall
(256) 782-5006

A limited number of JSU scholarships are open to graduate students. To explore these options, please visit the Financial Aid Office's Scholarships page.

For complete details, please visit the Graduate Assistantship Program page.

Many JSU students work part-time in campus positions in a variety of departmental areas. These positions are not maintained or awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies or the Financial Aid Office and do not require a financial aid application. Once a student is hired, he/she must sign the University Aide Contract with the hiring department.

University Aide students cannot work more than 26 hours per week.

This program is federally funded and is available to qualified students who demonstrate financial need. Students are employed on campus approximately 15 hours per week at minimum wage and are paid monthly. It is the student’s responsibility to find his/her position once he/she has received notice of eligibility. Funds for this program are limited, and a limited number of FWSP community service opportunities are available through the Financial Aid Office. JSU positions may be listed on the Human Resources website under Job Opportunities.

Federal Work Study students cannot work more than 26 hours per week

Cooperative Education is a unique partnership between the university, industry, and business community. Professional employment allows students to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to the workplace, in addition to the development of intellect and culture within their major fields of study. The co-op program is designed to be an integral part of the graduate student’s academic program.

Cooperative Education allows graduate students to work full-time/40 hours per week or part-time/20 hours per week in a professional workplace, while pursuing at least three credit hours (alternate schedule) and six credit hours (parallel schedule) at Jacksonville State University.

There are no fees associated with the graduate co-op program, and, if approved, students are provided full-time enrollment status.

For further information please contact Career Services and Carlos Acosta,

Information concerning employment off campus is available on the Career Services website.

The JSU ROTC program is open to students who are entering graduate school. Please contact the JSU Recruiting Officer for more information:

Sydnee K. Scott
Recruiting Operations Officer
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Jacksonville State University

Cost of Living

If you are considering a traditional graduate program that relies on face to face delivery of coursework, you will find that Jacksonville, Alabama and its surrounding areas are very affordable places to live. Apartment rent in the Jacksonville area is consistently between approximately 30-50% lower than in urban areas in the region. To see how the cost of living in Jacksonville compares to your geographic region, use a Cost of Living Calculator.