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How Do I Sign Up For A Break?

We offer Alternative Breaks for a week in January, March, May, and July. We also offer a weekend option for Fall Break in October. Generally, they are open to all JMU students (and even student organizations). Check out the details below for how and when to register for each time of year breaks are offered.

Find out all the times of year you can serve.

For details about each specific break’s community, service focus, and potential projects, check out the break descriptions.

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 The Registration Process

A link will be on our homepage when registration for each break (New Dukes, Fall, Winter, Spring, or May) is live. When you register online, it is a first-come-first-served process. To complete your registration and secure your spot on the break, you MUST make your payment following the instructions at the end of the online registration. If the payment is prohibitive, consider applying for a need-based scholarship (the application will be emailed to you once you register).  

 Estimated Costs

Current estimates for week-long domestic driving breaks are $85-$350. For week-long flying breaks (including international), estimates are $450-$1400. For weekend-long breaks, estimates are $30. Costs include leadership, education, travel, housing, and most meals. The cost does not include travel days food, souvenirs, and the community exploration day/time expenses. All Winter, Spring, and May breakers participate in fundraising to help reduce the cost of the break. To learn more about costs associate with each specific break, please visit the corresponding break description

 The Registration Timeline

 

Fall Break's (AFB) online registration link goes live early September. Your payment of $30 is required as part of the registration process.

Winter Break's (AJB) online registration link goes live late September. 

Spring Break's (ASB) online registration link goes live late October. 

May Break’s (AMB) online registration link goes live late January.

For Winter, Spring, and May Break, your first payment of $100-$200 is required as part of the registration process.

New Dukes Break’s (ANB) online registration link goes live late April. Payment in full is required as part of the online registration ($100). **When you register, you will need to have your student ID number handy. Even if you haven't received your JAC yet, you have access to your ID number.

To locate your ID number:

Log into MyMadison at https://mymadison.jmu.edu. Click on the Applicant tab. In the middle of the window under "Personal Information" you will see your 9 digit student ID number.

To complete your registration and secure your spot on the break, you MUST make your payment following the instructions at the end of the online registration.

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