Federal & State Grants

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For Prospective Students:
Phone: 202-885-6500
Fax: 202-885-1025
E-mail: facounselor@american.edu

For Current or Continuing Students:
Phone: 202-885-8000
Email: financialaid@american.edu

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Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

This grant is offered to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $602 to $5,730 per year. The actual amount is determined by the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Federal Pell Grant Schedule.

To renew this award each year, you must still demonstrate sufficient need per the FAFSA and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is offered to students who have exceptional financial need. Awards vary depending on need and the availability of funds.

To renew this award each year, you must still demonstrate sufficient need per the FAFSA and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

Important: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.

Please consult the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet attached for more detailed information regarding this program. Should you meet the eligibility conditions and wish to apply, please complete the attached TEACH Grant Application.

Please note: renewal students must reapply for the TEACH Grant each year by completing the most recent FAFSA, submitting the AU TEACH Grant application and by completing subsequent TEACH Entrance Counseling and then the Agreement to Serve.

State Grants

Most states provide grants for eligible residents. Although many states do not allow awards to be used at institutions in other states, awards from the following states may be used at American University: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Early Decision I: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 15
Early Decision II: CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15, FAFSA: Feb. 15
Regular Decision Freshman: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Feb. 15
Transfer: FAFSA & CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Mar. 1
Current (Continuing) AU Students: FAFSA: May 1

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