Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fee charges have been established by the JMU Board of Visitors for the 1996­97 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.

Per Semester Charges

VirginiaNon-Virginia
ResidentsResidents
Full-time: 12 hours or more$2,052$4,290
Part-time: 10-11 hours1,7013,355
7-9 hours1,1472,494
4-6 hours5431,441
1-3 hours270719
Housing1,2511,251

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 14-Plus Meal Plan included with their housing contract. These students may also choose between a 19-Plus and a Premier Meal 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 Card Services, Warren Hall, Room 504.

Summary of Charges for Full-Time Students

Per Per
Semester Year
Virginia day student $2,052 $ 4,104
Virginia dorm student 4,385 8,770
Virginia apartment student 3,303 6,606
Non-Virginia day student 4,290 8,580
Non-Virginia dorm student 6,623 13,246
Non-Virginia apartment student 5,541 11,082

Room/Tuition Deposit

For new and re-entry students, a deposit of $250 is required to confirm their acceptance of the offer of admission. This deposit is to be made by May 1 and is not refundable after May 1 except for the reasons stated below.

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 12 and is not refundable after that date except for the reasons stated below. Payment of this deposit is required prior to participating in registration.

Refunds after the stated deadlines 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.

Billing and Registration

Registration is conducted in April for returning students, in June and July for incoming students for fall semester and in November for spring semester. Students who register during the aforementioned times will receive bills as follows:

Students who register or adjust their course loads after the semester bill mailing date are responsible for any tuition adjustment not reflected on the mailed invoice. Any adjustment will be reflected on the class schedule sent to the campus address or on the invoice available in the Registration Center on Aug. 26-27 or Jan. 6-7.

Students registering on or after Aug. 26-27 or Jan. 6-7 will receive only one bill as part of their class schedules when they register. Students are responsible for payment of their bills. Registration is not complete until tuition and fees are paid.

The following fees are applied to late payment/registration for fall and spring respectively:

$20 beginning Aug. 28, Jan. 8
$40 beginning Sept. 4, Jan. 15
$80 beginning Sept. 11, Jan. 22

Tuition and Fees Payment

In all situations, tuition and fees must be paid by Aug. 27 for fall semester and Jan. 7 for spring semester to avoid late fees as outlined above. Payment may be made by

Students electing to register after returning for classes must pay when they register. Payment may be a combination of personal check, money order, cashier's check and MasterCard, VISA or Discover. Payments drawn on foreign banks must be converted to U.S. dollars prior to transmittal to the university. The student's account (social security) number should be given on all payments to ensure it is applied to the proper account.

Debts owed to the university are governed by the following policies:

Tuition and Fees Refund

Students who officially withdraw from the university by Sept. 9 for fall semester and Jan. 20 for spring semester will be refunded all tuition and fees except the tuition and room deposit. Room and board fees will be prorated from the dining hall opening date. After Sept. 9 and Jan. 20, refunds will be for only a pro rata share of the board fee. Students who withdraw from the university due to illness certified by a physician or for unavoidable emergency or extenuating circumstances approved by the registrar will be refunded a pro rata share of all fees. Refunds for withdrawal from the university are calculated from the date on which withdrawal is officially approved by the Office of the Registrar. (Further information on withdrawal from the university may be found on pages 58-59.)

Students who drop courses by Sept. 1 for fall semester and Jan. 12 for spring semester 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 25.

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.

Other Fees

Audit Fees

A student registering to audit a course will pay the same tuition and fees as one who registers for credit.

Bachelor of General Studies Fees

See page 152.

Specialized Class Fees

Certain courses which use off-campus facilities (e.g., bowling, skiing) have additional charges which will be determined at the time the course is offered.

Course or Schedule Adjustment Fee

A fee of $10 is charged for any day on which an adjustment is made after the "free period" specified in the applicable Schedule of Classes. Withdrawing from a course after the end of the free period will not reduce tuition charges.

Examination for Credit Fee

Arrangements for attempting credit by departmental examination may be made by paying a nonrefundable $25 fee to the cashier and presenting the receipt to the registrar's office.

Returned Check Fee

A $20 per check fee is assessed for checks returned unpaid to the university. Check cashing privileges may be withdrawn from repeat offenders. The cashier's office will forward one notice to the student's local address requesting that the check be redeemed. Failure to redeem the returned check by the due date will cause a "hold" to be placed on the student's records, future registration, transcripts, teaching license and diploma.

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 immediately 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.

Non-Virginia Residents' Fee

Eligibility for in-state tuition charges is based on the provisions of Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. This statute limits in-state tuition to those with Virginia domiciliary status. Virginia domiciliaries must not only have a present fixed home in the commonwealth but must also have the intention of remaining in the state indefinitely. If there is any question of the right to classification as a domicile of Virginia, it is the student's obligation, prior to the first day of classes for the semester, to raise the question with JMU administrative officials.

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 continuing education and external programs (continuing education and special students). Decisions on re-entry students are also made by these respective offices. 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.

Initial determinations denying eligibility may be appealed in writing to 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 associate 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 University. Any party aggrieved by a final administrative decision shall petition within 30 days for a review by the Circuit Court of Rockingham County.

Returning students may apply for reclassification from out-of-state to in-state status 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. Petition for review of this final appeal must be made within 30 days to the Circuit Court of Rockingham County.

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. Students are responsible for paying out-of-state tuition rates until in-state status has been approved.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University