First-Year Merit Awards

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American University’s merit awards for international students are partial, not full, scholarships. They are highly competitive and based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, excellent communication skills in English, leadership, volunteerism, and community service. No need-based financial aid is available to international students (non-U.S. citizens).

AU does not require a separate application form or process to be considered for AU Merit scholarships.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, scholarships ranged from U.S.$6,000 to U.S.$22,000 per academic year. They are renewable for all four years of study based on successful continued academic performance. Similar scholarship award amounts are predicted for 2013-2014.

Important for first-year applicants who wish to be considered for AU’s partial scholarships:

  1. Apply for the fall (August) semester, not spring. Fall application deadline is January 15.
  2. AU merit awards are offered only at the time of admission. There are no further opportunities for AU partial scholarships once you have begun your studies.
  3. No increases in scholarship amounts are available from year to year. The initial amount of your AU merit award remains constant for all four years of study.
  4. Your AU CFIS and bank letter must demonstrate that you have at least U.S.$59,109 available for your first year of study, even if you hope to qualify and receive one of AU’s competitive merit scholarships. Plan to have similar funding available for each additional year of undergraduate study (up to four years total).

Other Sources of Financial Assistance

You may wish to contact the following institutions to seek information on additional sources of financial assistance:

Applying for a Student Visa

If accepted to American University, students will need immigration documents to present at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for the F-1 or J-1 student visa. Study on an F-1 student visa requires an I-20 form, which is issued by AU. Study on a J-1 student visa requires a DS-2019 form, which is issued by the student's financial sponsor. If the sponsor does not issue the DS- 2019, AU will issue it.

All financial documents must be in English and dated within the past three months to be considered valid.

Immigration Transfer-In Form

Immigration Transfer-In Form: To be completed by admitted students who are currently studying in the U.S. on an F or J visa and who decide to attend AU.

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