All applicants should submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by or before the deadline.
Note: The FAFSA is available in early December from university or college financial aid offices, your high school guidance office and online at the FAFSA website. Submit your FAFSA to the federal processor by February 1 for freshman applicants and May 1 for transfer and current (continuing) AU students.
Financial Aid Deadlines
Early Decision Applicants
If you are applying as an Early Decision student and also intend to apply for need-based financial aid, you will need to complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile (Profile), which can be completed on the College Board's Web site.
The Profile should be submitted preferably by November 15 for Early Decision I students and January 15 for Early Decision II students. All Early Decision Applicants should also fill out the FAFSA and submit it by February 1.
Regular Decision Freshman Applicants
All freshman applicants must submit the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile by February 1.
All transfer applicants must submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile by March 1.
Current (Continuing) AU Students
All continuing students must submit the FAFSA by May 1.
Please note: If you don't submit the FAFSA and Profile on or before the deadlines, it is unlikely your financial aid application will be considered for grants, although you may still be eligible for consideration for federal loans.
Notification of Any Estimated Financial Aid Award
When you have been admitted and if your application for financial aid was submitted by the proper deadline, the university will notify you online on the Prospective Student Portal and by mail along with your offer of admission and admit packet. Financial aid awards are usually made for an academic year.
After reviewing your award offer, you must decide whether to accept or decline all or part of your financial aid award. Your preliminary award becomes final when all supporting documentation has been received and reviewed by the Financial Aid office and you have returned a copy of your signed award letter or have accepted your award online through myau.american.edu.
Financial Aid award notification typically occurs:
With the offer of admission by January 1 for Early Decision freshmen and by April 1 for Regular Decision freshmen.
Early Decision I: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 1 Early Decision II: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 1 Regular Decision Freshman: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Feb. 1 Transfer: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Mar. 1 Current (Continuing) AU Students: FAFSA: May 1