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:
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 PAYMENT PLANS
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.
OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
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