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International Student & Scholar Services

Scholarships for International Students

Undergraduate Students

Merit Awards for International First-Year (Freshman) Students:

No separate application form or process is required to be considered for AU merit scholarships. A separate application is required only for the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship.

American University’s merit awards for international students are partial, not full, scholarships. They are awarded based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, excellent communication skills in English, leadership, volunteerism, and community service. Merit award consideration is highly competitive and the number of scholarships available is limited. All American University merit awards are awarded at the time of admission, and not after enrollment. These funds are renewable for all four years of study based on successful continued academic performance.

No need-based financial aid is available to international students (non-U.S. citizens).

Please see the following for additional information:

Graduate Students

American University is committed to quality graduate education that is responsive to the needs of students, disciplines, the university and the larger community. Our goals are to provide a high quality educational experience for our students and to offer graduate support that assists students in completing their programs of study. Talented international master's and doctoral students may qualify for Graduate Merit Awards through their departments. These awards offer waivers ranging from twelve credits to full tuition each year. Stipends may also be available. Applicants should check directly with departments for further information. The University has established two general categories of awards to assist graduate students: Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships.

How to apply:

All graduate school applicants can indicate their interest for Merit Assistance when they apply to one of the graduate programs. Currently enrolled graduate students must complete the “Application for Graduate Financial Awards for Currently Enrolled Student,” which is available in the Admissions Office of each graduate school.

When to apply:

The priority deadline for university-wide merit awards is February 1 for fall applicants. Some academic departments continue to consider merit award applicants until late Spring, however applicants are encouraged to apply by February 1.


American University offers the American Payment Plan (APP) to all students as an alternative to paying your bill in full at the start of each term. The plan splits your Fall or Spring semester balance into convenient monthly payments, with no interest charged. By budgeting ahead for the upcoming term's charges, you may be able to reduce the amount of loans needed for the school year.. Please contact the Student Accounts office for more information.

Please note that only citizens of the United States and permanent residents are eligible to apply for the U.S. government's need-based financial aid (requiring a FAFSA application form). Please see the AU Financial Aid website if you think you qualify.


Please be aware that the following organizations are not endorsed or recommended by American University, and that the university does not monitor the content of these sites.

o Your Embassy in Washington D.C.: Either for scholarship funds or information on resources for funding
o Visit an Education USA advising center in your country
o Education USA find financial aid
o International Student Organization
o Institute of International Education (IIE)
International Student Loan
o Financial Aid from US Department of Education
o Peterson’s Education Center
o The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
o Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund (loans)
o The Africa-America Institute
o After School Africa
o The National Science Foundation
o The College Board Online
o The Foundation Center
o A. Patrick Charnon Scholarship
o American Association for University Women- International Fellowships
o American Scandinavian Foundation
o Asian Cultural Council
o Credila: India Based Student Loan Lender
o Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)
o Fulbright Program
o Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust
o King Faisal Foundation
o Caribbean Students Scholarship Fund, Inc. (for US citizen or PR)
o Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (for women from developing countries)

o Scholarships for undocumented students