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American University's Commitment

Since its founding, American University has been a place that welcomes students and faculty from around the world and has dedicated itself to advancing international service. AU values the dignity of all members of the University community. On November 21, 2016, AU's President affirmed American University's position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrant students and joined with other university and college presidents to advocate for continuance of the program.

AU provides the following support and reassurance to our undocumented students by affirming these commitments:

  • Information about application for admission and financial aid may be provided to prospective students, regardless of immigration status
  • Admitted students will not be asked if they are undocumented, nor will they be asked to provide proof of immigration status. However, the Department of Education may require the American University Financial Aid Office to verify and report the immigration status of financial aid applicants seeking need based assistance.
  • AU Campus Police will not question, hold, or arrest AU students on the basis of immigration alone
  • AU Campus Police will not participate in joint immigration enforcement efforts with other law enforcement officials, unless required by law
  • The University will refer students in need of legal assistance to available resources

Admissions & Financial Aid: Undocumented Students

Consistent with these inclusive values, students who are undocumented (with or without DACA) are welcome to apply to AU. Citizenship is not, and has never been, a condition for admissions to AU. All candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of their academic strength and fit with the University.

Undocumented college students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. Students are eligible for the same merit based aid offered to all students. Scholarship funds are available for qualified students and are offered on the basis of academic merit. These awards range in value from $6,000 to $30,000 and no separate application is required.

Additional scholarship funds are offered to students who qualify for admission to the University Honors Program (a $30,000 merit award) and the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program (full tuition, room, and board). Separate applications are required for these programs.

For outside financial resources for undocumented students, please visit the following resources:

Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Undocumented students (with or without DACA) should contact staff in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) with any questions. The Center provides advisement and referrals to students and assist with navigating college. CDI is committed to student success.

CDI Homepage

Washington College of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic

The Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) provides representation on a broad range of cases and projects involving individual immigrants, and their communities, both in the D.C. metropolitan area and overseas.

Visit IJC

Other Resources