Contract Audit

The Contract Audit program has been furthering American University's commitment to "the development of thoughtful, responsible human beings in the context of a challenging yet supportive academic community (American University's Mission)" by providing contract employees of the university with the opportunity to participate in education on-campus.

The Contract Audit program allows AU contract employees to audit one course per semester at no cost. Additional course fees may apply, and will be billed to the auditor from Student Accounts.

Please contact Hayley Hinton with any questions at or 202-885-5960. 

Take a Class

The Spring 2020 audit application will open on December 3, 2019.

By following a few simple steps, we can help you enroll in a course that interests you. Please carefully read through all information for participation in the program.

Please check the registrar's schedule of classes.


  • Institutes, seminars, workshops or independent studies
  • Courses that require a special tuition rate or are taught at other institutions through the consortium
  • Other courses as determined by each academic school


Some courses may require departmental or professor approval or additional fees in order to enroll. 

All courses require professor or departmental approval.


Please review the Auditing Guidelines By School for a list of ineligible/eligible courses by school and to find out if the course you are interested in requires departmental approval.

Obtaining departmental/instructor approval: You must reach out directly to the department or instructor to obtain written approval for your admittance in the course. A simple email correspondence between you and the listed professor will suffice. You may locate contact information via the online directory. Approvals must be forwarded to and received before your registration can be processed with the registrar. 

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Hinton at or 202-885-5960.

The Fall 2019 audit application will open in July 2019. 

The confirmation of application email only confirms your interest and course information. It is not a confirmation of enrollment in a course.

By completing this registration form, you agree that you will comply with all AU policies and procedures, including but not limited to AU's Code of Conduct. A copy of AU's policies is available at

Once your form is received, the Alumni Relations office will ensure that you are a current contract employee of the university, are in good financial standing, and that your preferred course is open. If all those conditions are met, a request will be sent to the Office of the Registrar to enroll you in the course.

Note: Actual course enrollment begins on the first day of the classes for each semester and continues through the first two weeks of classes and only for courses which have not reached their enrollment limits. Students have first priority in filling all classes. Contract employees are given any open spots left in a course.

Please forward proof of contract employment at American University to


American University ("AU") is pleased to make classroom instruction available on a space available basis to AU contract employees who are in good standing with the university. An applicant must also demonstrate adherence to high standards of personal conduct and good citizenship which contribute to the overall well-being of the AU community.

Contract employees may audit ONE course each fall, spring, and summer.

No credit is given for courses taken through this program, and courses will not appear on transcripts. Individuals who wish to receive credit for courses must register as non-degree seeking students and pay tuition at the prevailing rates.


While we hope to confirm all registrations as quickly as possible, please note that official enrollment begins on the first day of class for the new semester and can take up to three business days following the end of the add/drop period to verify all registrations. You are not confirmed for your course until you receive a confirmation email. Please work with your professor during this time to stay up to date with any course assignments. We appreciate your patience.

Please note that we are only able to enroll audit participants into courses with open spots. If a course is listed as "waitlist" or "closed", please contact


Once you have received your confirmation email, you will be able to sign in to "Blackboard" to fully experience life as a student. If your class requires access to any particular software programs, please contact the OIT Help Desk at