Students who study at American University without formal admission are referred to as nondegree students. PLEASE NOTE: "Continuing Education" is now referred to as nondegree.
Nondegree students should request enrollment through the college or school at AU that offers the course(s). For a list of departments and programs in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), please see the CAS homepage. If you have any questions regarding the nondegree process in the College, please email Mike Galaviz at email@example.com or call 202-885-2439 or view the CAS Advising staff page for more information about a specific major.
For courses offered in one of the other 4 schools at American University, contact a graduate or undergraduate advisor at the following links:
Many nondegree students take advantage of the following AU programs:
You are eligible to study at American University at either the undergraduate or graduate level as long you meet all prerequisites or restrictions for the course as noted in the Schedule of Classes. Students admitted into a degree program at any other Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area schools are not permitted to take classes as a nondegree student. You must also be in good standing with any other college or university in which you are currently enrolled. Students suspended or dismissed from another institution during the past year are not eligible to enroll as nondegree students at AU. International students are not eligible for student visas under nondegree status.
Instructions for Nondegree Student Enrollment
For the Spring 2014 semester:
The Spring semester begins on Monday, 13 January. See the Schedule of Classes for a list of courses being offered. Once you find an open course (offered by the College of Arts & Sciences), simply submit the nondegree information form located in the right margin. Nondegree students will be permitted to register on 16 December. We recommend that you submit your form 1-2 weeks prior to the 16th. The 2013-2014 Academic Calendar lists important dates and deadlines for your course so you should review it thoroughly. The last day to request a Spring course without a late fee is Thursday, 9 January. Registration (with a late fee) is 13-17 January.
- RETURNING STUDENTS: If you have taken a class as a non-degree student in the past, please email Mike Galaviz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name, AUID, the complete course number you're requesting and note whether or not there are any prerequisites. If there are any prerequisites listed on the Schedule of Classes, note how you meet it by including the course information we would see on your transcript such as the complete course title and number, date taken, school and the grade you received.
Nondegree students pay the same tuition as admitted students no matter the grade type you choose, (i.e., A/F, Pass/Fail or Audit). Please see the AU Registrar for current tuition and fees.
Most courses are typically 3 credit hours and tuition will be about $4100. For purposes of nondegree study, any course numbered 500 or above is considered graduate level. Payment is made at the time you register for the course and can be done online. American University does not accept credit cards as payment for tuition, however, you may pay in-person, by mail or online using your bank account.
Financial aid is not available for nondegree study. To qualify for financial aid, students must apply for admission.