Financial Matters

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Financial Matters

Are there any scholarships available for international students?

Please see the Financial Resources page under Resources for more information about scholarships and other financial resources available to international students.

Do I have to file taxes?

Yes! All F-1 and J-1 visa holders are required to complete and send at least one tax form to the Internal Revenue Service each year (whether or not you earned income in the U.S.). April 15 is the deadline by which you need to send your tax form(s) each year that you are studying in the U.S.

Make sure to refer yourself to the Filing Taxes section of our webpage.

Life at JMU

What is the process for finding off-campus apartments and/or roommates?

Go to the following website: Off-Campus Housing to start searching for roommates and apartments. This online database makes it very convenient for anyone to look for available apartments, roommates and/or sublets. You should then consider seeking the many resources the Off-Campus Life office offers. It is dedicated to assisting students in their off-campus housing experiences ranging from moving in, getting settled, paying utilities, etc.

What are the nearest airports?

The following is a list of the nearest airports to JMU's campus:

  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)
    • Distance from campus: About 30 minutes. This airport provides a shuttle service to and from its airport. You can register and pay online at the airport's website. This is our  recommended airport.
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)
    • Distance from campus: About two hours. Make sure NOT to confuse this airport with Dallas Airport in Texas.

How can I get around Harrisonburg?

Make sure to refer yourself to the university's transportation webpage to obtain an extensive and detailed list of on- and off-campus transportation options.

- To find out which bus goes from point A to point to point B (on/off-campus) and when, check out the Bus Finder.

- The Virginia Breeze is a modern 56 passenger coach bus, which features free Wi-Fi, in-seat power outlets and other amenities which offers rides from JMU to Dulles ($15) and to the Amtrak stration in DC ($35).

- One of the other convenient and cheap ways to travel to Union Station (DC train Station) or the IAD airport and back during breaks is the Valley Connector. To reserve your seat call/text this number 540-624-3011 at least 48 hours in advance.

- When traveling as a group in the area or to the airport, you may consider contacting the Green Shuttle by calling 540-718-2954 or emailing

What are some of the safety procedures in place?

JMU has email and text notifications to inform every JMU member in the event of an emergency or when the university is affected by inclement weather.

The JMU Public Safety Department offers safety escorts to students. A safety escort will walk with you somewhere on campus in case you feel unsafe walking alone.

Safety Escort Number: 568-6913, or on campus, dial 8-6913.

Safety escorts are available to any student on campus, free of charge. Escorts are provided by carefully screened and trained student employees known as the Campus Police Cadets.

Cadets are on duty 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, and 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Police officers will provide any escorts outside of those time periods.

Saferides is a group at JMU that offers rides to students. You can find more information on their website JMU Saferides.

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