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International Student Fee

The international student population at JMU has more than doubled in the past five years and we expect the numbers to continue to increase over the next several years. For this reason, in order to continue to provide quality programs, activities, resources and advocacy, JMU has instituted an international student fee which will be assessed to all F and J visa holding students enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate JMU courses beginning with the Fall 2012 semester. This $100 fee will be posted on each student’s bill by the University Business Office every fall and spring semester and the proceeds will be used to hire an additional staff member in the office, as well as provide funding for programming and cultural events.

We regret that we have felt compelled to take this step, but we believe that the services available to international students with the added staff will be worth the additional cost. It should be noted that numerous other universities have instituted similar fees as their international student numbers have grown, with amounts ranging from $35/semester to $1000/semester. We have worked hard to keep costs as low as possible.

Questions should be directed to Delores Blough, Director at or by phone at 540-568-6336.