Although JMU has estimated your tuition, room and board and miscellaneous
expenses as closely as possible, you should always be prepared for
the unexpected. Following are some expenses that others have experienced:
- Travel during school breaks (see note about residence
- Clothing for the cold winters;
- Furnishings for living space;
- Medical expenses not covered by insurance, e.g., dental care.
A non-refundable fee is required of all applicants to James Madison
University. Do not send cash or international
reply (postal) coupons for payment of the application fee. The method
of payment must follow the requirements listed under Payments.
The current undergraduate Admissions Application Fee is $40.
For current Graduate Admissions Application Fee, http://www.jmu.edu/cgapp/prospective/admissions.shtml#Materials
Intent to Enroll Deposit
After the undergraduate applicant has been approved
for admission, an acceptance letter will be mailed to the applicant.
The applicant who intends to enroll must submit an advance deposit
of $250 by the deadline indicated in the acceptance letter. The
deposit is non-refundable after May 1 and is applied to the applicant's
first semester expenses. The university will pre-register the first-year
international students. Failing to pay this deposit on time will
delay the pre-registration process. Please pay this deposit as soon
as you decide to attend JMU.
Tuition, Fees and Other Expenses
In addition to general room, board and tuition costs (refer yourself to the Business Office's website),
please keep the following in mind as you plan for your education:
- If you plan to live on campus,
be aware that the dorms close during all extended school breaks.
Therefore, you will need additional money to pay for alternative
living space for at least five weeks during the school year
and for three to four months during the summer;
- Even though health insurance is mandatory and the cost of
it is included in the fees charged, not all medical expenses
will be covered by that insurance. For example, most dental
work is quite expensive in the States and insurance generally
does not cover those costs;
- While you are in the U.S. you are encouraged to travel and take
advantage of cultural and educational events to make the most of
your experience. Travel and other events can be quite costly but
should be considered an important part of your education. If you
plan for these costs, you should be able to take advantage of at
least some of these opportunities.
Cost of Visa and Travel
Travel to and from the United States can become very expensive,
depending upon how often trips become necessary. Do not forget to
plan for these trips as you think about financing your education.
In addition, a visa application fee (currently US$100) will be required
each time you need to obtain or renew your student visa. Individuals
from some countries will also be required to pay a visa issuance
fee. See http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi_fees.html
for a list of the current fees required in your country.
Finally, the United States has recently implemented the requirement
of an additional $100 fee to finance the support of SEVIS. Please
see http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm for additional information.