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Non-Degree Student Status and Credit

Through Outreach & Engagement, JMU permits students who are not seeking a degree to enroll and register for up to 11 hours of course credit during each session as non-degree students. Although the courses taken carry university credit, they do not fulfill degree requirements. Taking a course as a non-degree student does not constitute admission to a program or imply later applicability of these courses toward a program. If such students subsequently seek admission to work toward a degree, courses taken in non-degree status will be evaluated to determine their applicability to the degree being sought. 

Nondegree students must submit the application form, including information about residency, and a nonrefundable $20 fee for each semester of attendance 10 days prior to the day they seek to register to Outreach & Engagement. (Certificate Program students pay a $45 application fee, and do not need to apply in subsequent semesters.) Information from these forms must be entered into the student information system before the student will be able to register for classes.

Payment of the nonrefundable fee does not constitute acceptance to the university or guarantee courses can be obtained through registration.

An individual who has been academically dismissed from another institution or denied regular admission to JMU shall be required to wait for a period of at least one calendar year for admission as a non-degree student.

Non-Degree Student Classifications

  • Adult Non-Degree Student

Undergraduate students may enroll at JMU as adult non-degree seeking students and register to take up to 11 semester hours per semester for college credit. Departmental permission may be required for some courses. 

Adult non-degree seeking students desiring to become regular degree-seeking students should contact the Office of Admission for advising. It is important to note that taking courses as a non-degree student does not constitute admission to a program, imply later applicability of these courses toward a program, or imply preferential regular admissions consideration. Returning adult students interested in earning a bachelors degree should contact the Adult Degree Program at 540-568-6824.

Adult students who have earned at least 30 semester hours of credit at JMU or transferable credit from another appropriately accredited institution of higher education may enroll in an individualized adult degree program. Orientation courses (IS 200) are provided to assist returning adult learners to transcend back to school.

  • Audit Students

Persons who do not wish to receive credit for courses may register to audit. Fees for audit will be assessed on the same basis as fees for credit. Approval to audit must be obtained from the head of the department offering the course.

  • Certificate Program Students

Students applying for a certificate program should complete the certificate program application. Please indicate the certificate program desired. Students should check with departments about specific application requirements.

  • High School Non-degree Students

High school students who have completed their junior year may enroll at JMU as non-degree students. They may register for classes in the summer term preceding their senior year and/or during their senior year. While recent high school graduates may register for summer work as non-degree students, this does not constitute admission to subsequent terms.

Students in this program may enroll for no more than two courses during the summer term and for one course each term while attending high school classes.

High school students seeking to register at JMU under this program must submit the Non-degree Seeking Student Application form, a recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor, and a transcript of high school grades. Registration must be approved by the head of the department(s) in which the student desires to take a course(s). Should the student enroll as a full-time student at JMU following high school graduation, credits earned, where appropriate, will apply toward degree requirements following the completion of one term. Transfer of these credits to other colleges will be at the discretion of the institution concerned.

  • International Non-degree Students

Students from foreign countries who are attending JMU for one semester, or in certain cases a full academic year, under a program sponsored by the university and a foreign institution of higher education are classified as International non-degree students. These students will be accorded all rights and privileges and will be expected to meet the same responsibilities as regular JMU students. These students will be permitted to take over 11 semester hours with the approval of the international student advisor.

  • Senior Citizens

Senior citizens, age 60 or over, who are legal residents of Virginia may enroll as non-degree students. Some senior students may qualify for a waiver of tuition and applicable fees. Please see Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Credit/Audit form for more details.

  • Taking Courses for JMU Faculty/Staff (Request for Tuition Waiver)

    If you are a JMU faculty or staff member and wish to take a course at JMU under the university's tuition waiver policy, please visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/1402.shtml to view the complete policy.

Procedure:
Persons seeking a waiver of tuition for courses taken under this policy will:

1. Prepare the Waiver of Tuition Form, available from the Office of Human Resources at www.jmu.edu/humanresources/TWForm.doc.
2. Non-degree seeking employees are classified as Non-Degree Seeking Students and must process a Non-Degree Seeking Student Application.
3. The Office of Human Resources will affirm that the employee qualifies for tuition waiver and will then forward the processed Waiver of Tuition Form to the University Business
Office for final processing and approval of the waiver to be applied to employee account. Tuition waivers will only be processed after the university's semester census date. Employees receiving a balance due bill after submitting a tuition waiver will have their accounts adjusted by the amount of the tuition waiver for which they quality.
4. Employees will be sent via campus mail a copy of waiver processed by HR to retain for their records.
5. Early processing of the Waiver of Tuition Form is strongly encouraged.
6. Taxable waivers are subject to state and federal withholding and social security and Medicare taxes and are based on the employee's taxable income. At the end of each semester, the University Business Office will provide Payroll Services a listing of employees that have received more than $5,250.00 (the amount generally exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Code Section 127). Payroll Services will collect the appropriate taxes from each employee at the end of the semester in which the employee exceeds the exempt limit for non-job related tuition waivers. Employee's W-2 will include taxable waivers.