The following tuition and fee charges have been established by the JMU Board of Visitors for the 1994-95 session. The tuition and fees listed are applied toward the general maintenance and operating costs of the university, the costs of instruction and other general university services including recreational and health service facilities. The fees also support the student government, University Program Board, student publications and other student activities.
The amounts listed do not include the cost of books or supplies. The university reserves the right to adjust these tuition and fee charges because of rising costs or other conditions, if deemed advisable by the JMU Board of Visitors.
Virginia Non-Virginia Residents Residents Full-time: 12 hours or more $1,950 $3,997 Part-time: 10-11 hours $1,614 $3,126 7-9 hours $1,076 $2,304 4-6 hours $ 500 $1,316 1-3 hours $ 250 $ 658 Housing $1,225 $1,225
Only full-time students are permitted to purchase a housing contract without prior approval of the Office of Residence Life. No adjustment in the charge for board will be made for late entrances of 10 days or less, except in the case of hospital confinement where adjustment is made for absences of seven days or longer.
Students residing in university housing, except Chandler Apartments, automatically have a comprehensive 20-meal plan included with their housing contract. These students may choose the 14 Plus Plan by selecting the option on the housing contract. Contact dining services for additional information.
Residents of Chandler Apartments are only charged for the room portion of their housing contract. Off-campus students and Chandler Apartments residents may purchase a comprehensive meal plan or any of several other plans through the Campus Card Center, Gibbons Hall, Entrance 3.
Per Per Semester Year Virginia day student $1,950 $3,900 Virginia dorm student 4,222 8,444 Virginia apartment student 3,175 6,350 Non-Virginia day student 3,997 7,994 Non-Virginia dorm student 6,269 12,538 Non-Virginia apartment student 5,222 10,444
For returning students who desire to live in university residential facilities, a deposit of $150 is required to reserve a room. A signed room and board contract must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life. Returning undergraduate commuter students must make a tuition deposit of $100. The returning student deposit is to be made by March 20 and is non-refundable after April 1 except for the reasons stated below. Payment of this deposit is required prior to participating in registration.
Refunds will be made only for personal illness certified by a physician, unavoidable emergency or other extenuating circumstances approved by the assistant vice president for finance.
Students registering on Aug. 29-30 or Jan. 9-10 will receive only one bill as part of their class schedules when they register. All students are responsible for payment of their bills. Tuition and fees must be paid before registration is considered complete.
The following fees are applied to late payment/registration for fall and spring respectively:
$20 beginning Aug. 31, Jan. 11
$40 beginning Sept. 7, Jan. 18
$80 beginning Sept. 14, Jan. 25
Debts owed to the university are governed by the following regulations enacted by the James Madison University Board of Visitors:
Students who drop courses by Sept. 6 for the fall session and Jan. 17 for the spring session will be refunded the difference in tuition and fees for the reduced number of credit hours, if any, in accordance with the rate table on page 26.
Students whose connection with the university terminates because of disciplinary action or enforced withdrawal will receive a pro rata refund of all fees except for the room.
Students, whose checks in payment of tuition, room and board are returned unpaid, will be sent one notice requesting redemption. Fee payment is considered to be the date the returned check is redeemed; the late payment/registration fee also applies. Failure to redeem the returned check by the due date may cause invalidation of the student's registration, cancellation of the class schedule and participation in university activities and may require enforced withdrawal from the university.
To become eligible for in-state tuition, a dependent student or unemancipated minor shall establish by clear and convincing evidence that for a period of at least one year prior to the date of the alleged entitlement, the person through whom he claims eligibility was domiciled in Virginia and had abandoned any previous domicile, if such existed.
In order to become eligible for in-state tuition, an independent student shall establish by clear and convincing evidence that for a period of at least one year immediately prior to the date of the alleged entitlement, he was domiciled in Virginia and had abandoned any previous domicile, if such existed. The statute defines an independent student as one whose parents have surrendered the right to his care, custody and earnings, have ceased to support him and have not claimed him as a dependent on federal and state income tax returns for at least 12 months prior to the date of the alleged entitlement.
Domiciliary status shall not ordinarily be conferred by the performance of acts which are auxiliary to fulfilling educational objectives or are required or routinely performed by temporary residents of the commonwealth. Mere physical presence or residence primarily for educational purposes shall not confer domiciliary status. A matriculating student who has entered an institution classified as out-of-state shall be required to rebut by clear and convincing evidence the presumption that he is in the commonwealth for the purpose of attending school and not as a bona fide domicile.
Initial determinations of eligibility are made by the admissions office (incoming freshmen, re-entries and transfers), Graduate School (graduate students) and director of continuing education and external programs (continuing education and special students). Initial determinations are required for the original entry to the university and each re-entry preceded by an absence of at least one semester. To establish eligibility an applicant must complete the uniform domiciliary status questions included in the applications for admission to the university or on the special student enrollment form. For information on special provisions of Section 23-7.4 covering military families and persons living out-of-state but employed full-time in Virginia, contact the appropriate office listed above.
Once an initial determination of eligibility has been made an applicant who has been denied in-state tuition rates may appeal for a review of the application by contacting the director of admissions, dean of the Graduate School, or director of continuing education and external programs respective of the office making the initial determination. Appeal for a final administrative review of the decision to deny in-state tuition may be made to the university's Residency Appeals Committee chaired by the vice president for student affairs. If there is any question of the right to classification as a domicile of Virginia it is the student's obligation, prior to or at the time of registration, to raise the question with the administrative officials of James Madison trative decision shall petition within 30 days for a review by the Circuit Court of Rockingham County.
While attending JMU, written application for reclassification from out-of-state to in-state status is made through the Office of the Controller. Denial of a request for such reclassification may be appealed within 30 days to the assistant vice president for finance with a final appeal to the Residency Appeals Committee. Any change in classification, deemed to be warranted, shall be effective for the semester following the date the application for reclassification is received at the Office of the Controller.
A change to in-state status may be made for a semester only when the completed application for reclassification form is received in the Office of the Controller prior to the first day of classes for that semester. Petition for review of this final appeal must be made within 30 days to the Circuit Court of Rockingham County. Students are responsible for paying out-of-state tuition rates until in-state status has been approved.
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