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Financing Your Education

The School of Communication offers graduate students both merit-based and need-based financial aid. Merit awards, fellowships, and named scholarships are administered by the School of Communication's Graduate Admissions Office. Need-based awards are administered by the American University's Office of Financial Aid. There are also a variety of awards designated directly from American University and many opportunities from external sources. In addition, we support our nation's service members and their dependents through generous veterans' benefits

All merit awards are based on academic merit and professional experience, specifically your undergraduate grades and leadership activities as well as career-related accomplishments.

Merit awards are valid for one year, vary in amount, and are divided evenly between the fall and spring semesters.

Graduate Assistantship is a position offered within the School of Communication that allows students to be mentored by a faculty or staff member, but also requires the students to work 10 hours per week supporting the faculty or staff member. The payment is in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck.

Graduate Tuition Remission is monies awarded to top applicants in the form of a scholarship. The monies are awarded and deducted from your tuition and appear on your student account.

Spring term:
October 15
Fall term:
February 1

The School of Communication offers prestigious merit-based scholarships and fellowships. Fellowships provide varying amounts of tuition remission and stipend, and allow you to gain professional experience while completing your graduate program. 


Both part-time and full-time students may apply for need-based assistance, although only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal need-based aid. To apply, you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the American University deadline. Please list the American University (AU) FAFSA code, 001434, in the university release section.

We strongly recommend that you complete the FAFSA online, but if you do not have Internet access, you may schedule an appointment with the American University Office of Financial Aid to complete the form electronically there, or submit a paper form if you prefer. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out what information you will need to bring with you.

AU's Financial Aid Office also maintains a comprehensive list of private loans and scholarships.

Financial Aid for Prospective Students

Financial Aid Office 
American University 
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Financial Aid for Current Students

AU Central
Asbury Building, Room 201
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20016