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Early Decision at AU

What is Early Decision? Learn more about this application option for first-year students for whom American University is their first choice.

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What is the Early Decision plan?

The Early Decision Plan at American University is an application option for first-year students for whom American University is their first choice. It is a binding program, which means that when you apply as an Early Decision candidate, you agree to enroll at American University, if admitted, in exchange for receiving your admission decision early. Leer en español.

There are two deadline options under the Early Decision Plan:

  • November 15
  • January 15

Students applying under the November 15 deadline will receive their admissions decision by December 31, and students who apply by the January 15 deadline will receive their admissions decision by February 15. In addition, Early Decision candidates who are eligible are also notified of their financial aid and merit scholarship status at the point of admission.

Remember that as an Early Decision candidate at AU, you may apply to other schools while your application to AU is being reviewed. However, if you are offered admission to AU, you must withdraw applications to all other colleges and universities at that time.

Applying for Financial Aid?

Students often have questions about the role of financial aid in Early Decision. These include concerns about the availability of financial aid for ED students; timing of notification of these awards; and whether or not they should even apply ED if financial aid is a concern. American University is committed to supporting students who demonstrate financial need. Students who apply to AU under the Early Decision Plan are given consideration for need-based and merit award packages in the same manner as students who apply under our Regular Decision Plan. Our Early Decision candidates are notified at the point of admission of their financial aid awards and merit scholarships (if eligible). If American University is your first choice, we encourage you to apply Early Decision.

Early Decision I applicants who wish to be considered for need-based financial aid must complete and submit the CSS Profile form to the College Board and the FAFSA to the Department of Education by November 15. For Early Decision II applicants, the CSS Profile and FAFSA deadline is January 15.