Community Audit

The Community Audit program allows individuals ages 55 and older who live in the 20016, 20015, 20008, and 20007 zip codes to audit one course per semester for the nominal fee of $100 (plus course fees if applicable). Alongside the Alumni Audit program, the Community Audit program supports the Alumni Association Scholarship by contributing $75 of your $100 registration fee to the scholarship's endowment. The scholarship is awarded every year to an incoming first-year student.

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

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Course enrollment will begin the first week of Spring classes.

Applications will close Friday, January 17 at 3:00 PM.


All Courses Require Professor or Department Approval

Be sure to check the registrar's schedule of classes. A course must be listed as open for an auditor to enroll in it.


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


Some courses may have additional fees in order to enroll. 


Please review the Auditing Guidelines By School for a list of ineligible/eligible courses by school. 

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 us at or 202-885-5960.

Apply today

Course enrollment will begin the first week of spring classes.

The $100 audit fee is paid immediately when you apply online and an email confirmation of payment will be sent to your email address. The confirmation of payment email only confirms your payment and course information. It is not a confirmation of enrollment in a course.

You must provide information verifying your age and residence to complete your application. Please upload a photo copy of a government-issued ID to verify both age and residence when prompted in the application. Note: Utility bills may be used to prove physical residence.

Once your application is received, the Office of Alumni Relations will verify your age and residence and ensure that your preferred course is open. If all conditions are met, a request will be sent to the Office of the Registrar to enroll you in the course.

Please note that actual course enrollment occurs during the first two weeks of classes for the fall and spring semesters and only for courses which have not reached their enrollment limits.

The Office of Alumni Relations will generate your American University ID number. Once you have been issued a number, visit the One Card & Dining Services office, located in Mary Graydon Center located on American University's main campus, to obtain your official American University Community ID card. Please visit the One Card & Dining Services office website at for their hours of operation and more information. 

Please note: If you lose your ID card, you are responsible for paying a $20 replacement card fee.


American University ("AU") is pleased to make classroom instruction available on a space available basis to holders of AU degrees who are in good standing with the university as well as community members age 55 and over who live in the 20016 zip code. 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.

Community members may audit ONE course each fall, spring, and summer session for the nominal fee of $100 (plus course fees if applicable).

The Community Audit Program supports the Alumni Association Scholarship by donating $75 of your $100 registration fee to the scholarship's endowment. The scholarship is awarded every other year. For more information about the Alumni Association Scholarship, please contact us at 202-885-5960.

No credit is given for courses taken through this program, and courses will not appear on transcripts. Community members 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 alumni 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


Auditors may receive a 100% refund up until close of business on the given registration deadline date for the semester.

Auditors are eligible to receive a 75% refund from the day after registration closes until close of business on the given course drop deadline date for the semester.

Note: If you decide to drop a class, you must notify both the professor and Office of Alumni Relations ( in order to receive a refund. No refunds will be offered after the course drop deadline for the semester.