Money & Banking
It is advisable to open a bank account as soon as possible. Using an international bank will facilitate wiring money. To open a bank account in the United States, you will need two forms of identification (such as a passport or driver's license) and your first deposit.
Wiring Money from Overseas
Since most university and settling-in expenses require immediate payment, you should arrange to transfer funds to a bank in the Washington, D.C. area prior to your departure. If you already have an account in the United States, you may wire money from your bank account overseas to your U.S. bank account. Otherwise, you may wire money to one of the banks listed on the previous page. Transfers may take up to a week to be processed. The cost is approximately U.S. $10 if you have an account at the receiving bank and U.S. $50 if you do not.
If you want to wire money to an individual's bank account:
If you want to wire money for a student payment:
American University accepts wire transfers for student payments. For information on how to make a wire payment please see Wire Payment for Students or Wire Payment for Sponsors. You can also e-mail a request to firstname.lastname@example.org from your AU assigned e-mail address.
Please see the AU Student Accounts website for more information about making tuition and other payments.
Tuition Refund Insurance
Plans are available to reimburse students for tuition expenses and fees in the event of serious illness or injury during the semester. Such plans require an additional premium payment. The tuition plan premium must be received or postmarked before the first day of classes. We suggest you send it by certified mail with return receipt requested. Consult the Student Accounts office for more information.