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James Madison University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$24,956 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$12,330 tuition
$11,588 on campus room & board
$1,038 books and supplies
(Based on stats from 2020/2021)

$41,856 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$29,230 tuition
$11,588 on campus room & board
$1,038 books and supplies
(Based on stats from 2020/2021)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$6,898 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
63% of students receive aid
15% get federal aid ($4,426 avg)
12% get state aid ($5,622 avg)
17% get institn'l aid ($6,898 avg)
42% get loans ($8,860 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 31.0% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 8.73% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $5,649 15%
Federal Grant Aid $4,426 15%
Pell Grants $4,173 14%
Other Federal Grants $1,489 1%
Institution Grant Aid $6,898 17%
State Grant Aid $5,622 12%
Student Loans $8,860 42%
Federal Loans $5,305 41%
Other Loans $16,805 7%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: within 4 week(s) of notification
Does James Madison University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
100 East Grace Street, MSC 0101
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-5681


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Brent from Woodbridge, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Students do not pay for credits exceeding full-time status. That is, full-time students do not pay for credits they add above and beyond the 12-credit threshold. I can attest to the affordable cost of off-campus housing. There are many complexes around the Harrisonburg area devoted to student living ranging from the low $400s to the upper $800s depending on your wants, needs, and financial status. JMU also offers students 4-month payment plans for their tuition bills in addition to scholarship opportunities and work-study programs.

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  • 5
  • Camille from Burke, VA
  • I am a current student here

    JMU provides a lot of programs, activities, and services to its students for free or a reduced price. JMU is a pretty reputable school that gives a lot of opportunities to its students and graduates. The College of Business is well ranked and every student has an opportunity to be accepted into the college. JMU also has several study abroad opportunities. There is free tutoring, a free clinic, and free counseling in the Student Success Center. The University Program Board puts on several events per month including movies at a theater on campus.

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  • 5
  • Ashley from VA
  • I am a current student here

    Pretty much everything on campus is free, or at least really cheap. Counseling, tutoring, the gym, the bus system...Printing is only 5 cents a page, and most of the Health Center's services are free. Even the football games are free! There's also free job fairs and resume workshops and other stuff to help prepare you for jobs and/or the real world. The education is outstanding, and for the price you really can't beat it.

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  • Rachel from Pulaski, VA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    JMU is the least expensive college that I'm looking at, but it is overall the most impressive. There are practically no downsides!

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  • Amanda from Washington, DC
  • I am a current student here

    They are really up tight about financial aid, they will take back their offer as soon as you start to make a little bit of scholarship money.

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