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JMU Tuition & Cost

Harrisonburg, Virginia

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Virginia Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for James Madison University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,098
Other Fees$5,178
Room and Board $11,550
Other Expenses Budget$4,002

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for James Madison University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,098
Other Fees$5,178
Room and Board $11,550
Other Expenses Budget$4,002

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at James Madison University for undergraduate students residing in Virginia is $7,460. Room and board charges total $11,550 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,098 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $5,178 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $4,002 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending James Madison University full time should expect a total annual cost of $29,288.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at James Madison University is $23,800 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $11,550 for room and board, $1,098 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $5,178. Students are advised to budget $4,002 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $45,628. This figure is 55.8% higher than what Virginia residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

The average reported annual net price for James Madison University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $18,592 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending James Madison University, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020

Net Price by Income James Madison University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$14,288
$30,001 to $48,000$14,985
$48,001 to $75,000$19,216
$75,001 to $110,000$24,471

Financial Aid

60% of full-time undergrad James Madison University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $9,383 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 38% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,265 and 8% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $19,496.

Finanical Aid James Madison University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $9,383 60%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $7,853 18%
Pell Grants $4,485 14%
Other Federal Grants $972 4%
State and Local Grants $5,934 14%
Federal Student Loans $5,265 38%
Other Student Loans $19,496 8%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to James Madison University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $51,500. The loan balance of $51,500 is a four year multiple of the $12,875 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $546 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $51,500
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $545.99
Total Interest Paid $14,018.29
Sum of All Loan Payments $65,518.29

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year Virginia Residents Non Residents
1 $29,288 $45,628
2 $30,842 $48,049
3 $32,478 $50,598
4 $34,201 $53,282

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at James Madison University to be $117,152 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 5.3% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at James Madison University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Virginia Residents $248 $744 $992
Out of State Residents $812 $2,436 $3,248

Estimated cost for a class at James Madison University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at James Madison University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

James Madison University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232423 IPEDS survey data for James Madison University.