Travel and meal costs are not included, nor is lodging expense for commuters coming to Washington, DC for class. Students should budget for travel, lodging and meals for three residencies throughout the course of the program:
First Semester: 3-night Intro to Experiential Education and the Learning Community (a.k.a "The Launch") held at Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA ($1000 for non-credit course; approximately $585-$765 depending on lodging choice, which includes your room, all meals and refreshments throughout each day)
Second Semester: 6-night Use of Self in Professional Practice Residency held at Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA (approximately $1,230-$1,530 depending on lodging choice, which includes your room, all meals and refreshments throughout each day)
Fifth Semester: 11-night International Residency held most recently in Johannesburg, South Africa (approximately $3500 for travel, lodging, and meals, depending on the residency destination).
A $250.00 nonrefundable deposit is required upon acceptance to the program (applied to total cost of the program).
Guidance for Calculating Costs for Travel & Lodging
Out of town AU students often stay in local hotels with nightly rates that range from $99 to $129. These rates are subject to change. Students may also choose to stay at Wesley Theological Seminary adjacent to American University's main campus for approximately $70 per night, depending upon availability. The Seminary, however, is closed during summer sessions.
Financing Your Degree
In additional to personal savings, students may finance their education in a number of ways:
Employer Sponsorship: Many students receive sponsorship from their employers for costs associated with the MSOD degree.