Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors Meeting - Notice Regarding Tuition

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The JMU Board of Visitors will consider a new tuition model during their Nov. 10 meeting at 1 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Conference Room at the Festival Conference and Student Center, 1301 Carrier Drive, on the JMU campus.  Public comment will not be received.

While demand for an education at James Madison University has never been higher — JMU ranks among the nation’s best values for a public, four-year education — increasingly unpredictable economic conditions and the need to ensure access for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds led the JMU Board of Visitors to direct university leadership to develop proposals for new tuition models in an effort to:

  • further enhance the high-impact quality of the Madison Experience,
  • protect students and their families from unpredictable fluctuations in their tuition,
  • and increase financial aid.

The JMU Board of Visitors will consider a tuition proposal at its next meeting on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at 1 p.m. on the campus of James Madison University.  Members of the board of visitors will consider a proposal that increases tuition $1,000 for the 2018-19 academic year and an additional $1,000 in 2019-20.  This increase applies only to students who enroll at JMU for the first time each year.  The tuition proposal will not affect any student already enrolled at JMU when each increase takes effect.

The proposal to be considered, the Madison Pledge: Access to Success, is a new institutional financial model that will strengthen critical features of the Madison Experience while offering in-state students and their families tuition predictability during their four years at JMU and increased financial aid for deserving students and their families. The pledge guarantees that, so long as state funding for the university does not more dramatically decrease, in-state students in the incoming classes in 2018 and 2019 will be assured that any annual tuition increases will be 3 percent or less during each of the next four years.

If adopted, the Madison Pledge will strengthen the university’s ability to deliver on its singular mission by:

  • hiring and retaining more top faculty for in-demand fields of study,
  • increasing student career planning resources and informational technology capacity, and
  • significantly increasing financial aid.

The plan is structured to ensure that JMU will continue to be an outstanding value. Among the 15 public, four-year institutions in Virginia, JMU’s total cost of attendance would remain one of the least expensive should the Madison Pledge be adopted by the board of visitors. 

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