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Washington Semester Program FAQs - Financial

What is the cost of the program?

Estimated expenses to attend the Washington Semester Program include: tuition, housing, meals, mandatory student fees, materials and transportation. Optional travel programs incur additional fees and expenses that should be budgeted into the total cost of your semester in D.C.

  • Fall or Spring semesters
    • Tuition for the Washington Semester Program (the equivalent of 12 to 16 American University credits) is related to the institution in which you are enrolled for your degree. If your home institution is a member school, please consult the Washington Semester Program representative at your institution for specific information.
      • If you are currently seeking a degree at American University or attend a US-based school which is not a member institution, your tuition for the Washington Semester Program (either Fall or Spring semester) would be the same as AU’s regular undergraduate tuition: $20,658 (2014-2015 Academic Year).
    • If you are currently seeking a degree outside of the United States, please email washsem@american.edu for updated tuition rates.
    • Housing expenses vary depending on two factors: availability of options and the choice you make. On-campus housing costs between $3585 to $4804.
      • Currently, the range of choices in nearby off-campus apartments varies from $5,347 to $6,832 for the semester.
    • Meal plans are available for either $1474 or $1751. The 100 block meal plan is required for students who live on campus. Meal plans are not required for students living in off-campus apartments. If you have money remaining on your meal plan at the end of the semester, this money is non-refundable.
    • EagleBucks, a prepaid, stored value account associated with your AU ID card, are included in AU meal plans. They are another option in addition to your meal plan for dining on main campus. EagleBucks that remain in your account at the end of the semester are refundable.
    • Fees include mandatory university student fees of $258 and student health insurance estimated at $700. All students are required to maintain either AU or another private health insurance for the duration of the program.
    • Other estimated expenses include approximately $200 in books, and $40 per week for transportation to seminars and your internship, and whatever you would spend on social and cultural activities and personal expenses.
    • Optional Travel Study programs which extend the learning far beyond Washington, DC, have an estimated program fee of an additional $2500 to $4,800. In addition, estimated expenses for visas, passports, pre-trip health preparation, some meals and personal expenses while traveling can vary from about $200 to $1,000.

  • Summer Internship program
    • Undergraduate tuition for the Summer Internship program 3 credit internship course is $4,011.
    • Meal Plans are available for either $413 (25 block plan includes $100 in EaglesBucks) or $850 (50 block plan includes $225 in EagleBucks).
    • Nearby off-campus apartments costs vary from $278 to $338 per person, per week.
    • Other estimated expenses include approximately $40 per week for transportation to seminars and your internship, and whatever you would spend on social and cultural activities and personal expenses.
    • Student health insurance estimated at $410.

      All fees and rates presented here are for illustrative purposes and subject to change. More detailed information can be obtained from one of our helpful Student Advisors: washsem@american.edu.

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I am in need of financial assistance. Are there scholarships available?

Yes, partial scholarships and awards are available to those who qualify. Awards are based on academic achievement, personal and family financial circumstances, established tuition rates, and availability of scholarship funds.

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How do I access the scholarship application?

Eligible students will have access to the scholarship application automatically after gaining admittance to the program. You will find it under the “Optional Forms” section on your online application once you “accept” your admission offer. Accepting your place in the program at this stage is non-binding.

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I am planning to take out federal loans for the program. What is the procedure?

As every school’s policy is different, please contact your home institution to discuss the transfer of loans to American University. Your financial aid office may require a consortium agreement with the AU Financial Aid Office.

If your school is unable to provide you with aid, then you may be eligible to receive federal aid through the AU Financial Aid office. To apply, you must complete the AU Visiting Student Consortium Agreement, and submit a copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to our office by adding the AU school code 001434.  

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Will the financial aid I receive at my home school transfer to the Washington Semester Program?

In many cases, US-based member school students are able to use their federal loans and institutional aid (scholarships, grants, etc.) toward the cost of the Washington Semester Program. Contact your school’s representative for more information. If you attend a non-member school, speak with your financial aid office regarding the transfer of aid.

If your financial aid does not transfer, the program offers partial scholarships that can help offset some of the difference in cost between the Washington Semester Program and your institution, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your entire need.

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