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Qualification and General Information

The Community Audit program is open to individuals ages 60 and older who live in the 20016 zip code surrounding the university.

Residents may audit one course each fall, spring, and summer semester for the nominal fee of $100 (plus course fees). 

The Community Audit Program, alongside the Alumni Audit Program, supports the Alumni Association Scholarship. Seventy-five dollars ($75) of your $100 registration fee goes directly to the scholarship's endowment. The scholarship is awarded every other year. For more information on the Alumni Association Scholarship, please call 202-885-5962. 

No credit is given for courses taken through this program, and courses will not appear on transcripts. If you wish to receive credit for courses, you must register as a non-degree seeking student and pay tuition at the prevailing rates.

Please contact us at communityaudit@american.edu or 202-885-5962 if you have further questions. 

Community Audit Enrollment Process

The Community Audit application for fall 2017 is now closed. The application for spring 2018 will open on Monday, December 4. 

By following a few simple steps, we can help you enroll in a course that interests you. Please carefully review all information regarding participation in the program.

You may submit verification of your date of birth and address with the Community Relations office in one of three ways:

  • In person:

Andrew Huff, Director of Community Relations

Office of Finance and Treasurer 

3201 New Mexico Avenue, Suite 280

Washington, DC 20016

  • E-mail Andrew Huff at ahuff@american.edu.
  • Mail to Andrew Huff using above address.

Note: Both date of birth and physical home address must be verified officially. A government-issued photo identification is required for age verification. Utility bills may be used to prove physical residence. (A government-issued photo ID card may be used to verify both age and address.) 

Be sure to check the registrar's schedule of classes. A course must be listed as open for an auditor to enroll in it.

Note: The following are not eligible for community audit:

  • Institutes and seminars
  • Courses that require a special tuition rate or are taught at other institutions through the consortium
  • Online courses

Please note: 

  • Summer intensive language courses have a community audit fee of $200 (instead of $100), in addition to any course fees.
  • Please review auditing guidelines by school.
  • All courses in the School of Communication must be approved through Justin Bernstine at justin@american.edu.
  • The $100 (or $200) audit fee is paid when you apply online. Any additional course fees must be paid separately to the Office of Student Accounts.

If you have a question about course availability, please contact us at 202-885-5962.

The Community Audit application for fall 2017 is now closed. The application for spring 2018 will open on Monday, December 4. 

The $100 (or $200) Audit fee is paid immediately when you apply online and an email confirmation of payment will be sent to your email address. The confirmation of payment email only confirms your payment and course information. It is not a confirmation of enrollment in a course.

Once your application is received, the Office of Alumni Relations will verify your age and residence and ensure that your preferred course is open. If all conditions are met, a request will be sent to the Office of the Registrar to enroll you in the course.

Please note that actual course enrollment occurs during the first two weeks of classes for the fall and spring semesters and only for courses which have not reached their enrollment limits. 

Submit professor or departmental approval in the form of a signature or email to communityaudit@american.edu.

Approval must be obtained before your registration can be processed with the registrar’s office. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The Office of Alumni Relations will generate your American University ID number. Once you have been issued a number, visit the One Card & Dining Services office, located in Mary Graydon Center, to obtain your official American University Community ID card. 

Please visit the One Card & Dining Services office website at http://www.american.edu/ocl/housing/onecard.cfm for their hours of operation and more information. 

Please note: If you lose your ID card, you are responsible for paying a $20 replacement card fee.

Enrollment and Academic Resources

While we hope to confirm all registrations as quickly as possible, please note that it can take up to three business days following the end of the add/drop period to verify all registrations. Be sure to work with your professor during this time to stay up to date with any course assignments. We appreciate your patience. 

Once you have received your confirmation email, you will be able to sign into Blackboard to fully experience life as a student. If your class requires access to any particular software programs, please contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@american.edu for assistance in gaining access.