Travel and meal costs are not included, nor is lodging expense for out-of-towners coming to Washington 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 $615-$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.