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FAQ - Fall 2021

General Questions

Academics

Student Experience

Campus Facilities, Operations, and Service

Financial Aid


General Questions

What are tuition levels for fall 2021?

To continue supporting our students and families, for the first time in AU history, there will be no increase in tuition and housing rates. Tuition and housing costs will return to the original levels set in the FY 2021 budget, which can be found on page 17 of the budget report. Full-time undergraduate tuition will be $50,542, and graduation tuition will be $1,812 per credit hour.

Why is the 10 percent discount no longer being offered?

The 10 percent AU Community of Care tuition discount provided financial assistance as students and families addressed the economic impact of COVID-19. As we begin to transition to the post-COVID world, tuition levels will return to the levels originally set for fall 2020. We are pleased to avoid any tuition increase this year, which supports our students and families.

Will fees be charged or waived?

Fees are no longer being waived for fall 2021.

What will meal plan costs be for fall 2021?

Meal plan costs will increase by 3.5 percent, with the exception of EagleBucks only plans, which will remain the same price.

Will the FY 2022 budget continue the hiring freeze, suspension of university retirement contributions, and other cost saving measures?

We planned on a two-year financial impact from COVID-19, and we remain on our intended trajectory. While we will need to continue with some of the financial mitigation measures we put in place this year, this ongoing work supports our path to resuming university contributions to employee retirement plans and the annual merit pool in the next fiscal year. Additionally, we are not planning further COVID-related furloughs in the budget.

Will there be any events allowed on campus?

Some buildings and campus spaces are available for studying and small group meetings that comply with safety guidelines and other in-person activity. During the fall semester AU launched a reservation system for students to book meetings of up to three people in select rooms in the Mary Graydon Center and Don Myers Building. In November, we expanded available spaces on the ground floor of the SIS building and piloted limited, reservation-based access to the Cassell Fitness Center. As conditions improve, we will revisit gatherings according to the ReOpen DC plan and guidance. All community members must wear face coverings and practice physical distancing while using any facilities. If you are planning to visit the campus for any reason, please complete the required daily self-screening questionnaire prior to reporting to AU’s campus. The screening will be completed via the AU Forward portal.

How does the fall decision affect international students?

Please visit our International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) FAQ page for international student FAQs developed for Fall 2021 including important guidance on vaccinations, travel and visa services. Additional information will be added once there is more information about AU class modality and new Fall 2021 DHS guidance. Please contact ISSS at isss@american.edu for more information.

What is the status of fall 2021 commencement?

Please visit the commencement website for updates.

How will COVID-19 affect implementation, organization, and the filing of Title IX complaints?

COVID-19 has not and will not affect the Title IX complaint process. For more details, please visit the Equity and Title IX Office website.

Academics

What course modalities are available during the fall (e.g. live/synchronous, asynchronous, etc.)? What classes will have an in-person component?

Based on the ongoing trajectory of the pandemic, the rollout of vaccines, and our health and safety practices, we are currently on track to conduct in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester, with some additional modalities (e.g., hybrid or online) available in certain areas. The intended modality for each fall 2021 course is noted on the schedule of classes. However, please note that these modalities may shift due to classroom space and/or required faculty accommodations.

As we move forward on this path, our priorities remain the same–promoting the health and safety of our community, progressing our educational and research mission, and supporting the broader response to COVID-19 in the DC region. This is an evolutionary process as our knowledge about COVID-19 continues to grow, the public health situation changes with the advent of vaccines, and we understand more of how COVID-19 will remain a part of life for some time.

Importantly, as AU has outlined before, we are building on the lessons of the past year to ensure our future learning and working environments provide the right frameworks, flexibility, and opportunity for our students, faculty, and staff. We are exploring the elements of telework and virtual learning that may be part of our future operations.

Is temporary leave available to students for the fall semester?

Yes. Undergraduate regulations for General Temporary Leave may be found in the Undergraduate Academic Rules and Regulations and regulations for graduate students on a four-term calendar may be found in the Graduate Academic Regulations.

How can I meet with my academic advisor in the fall 2021 semester?

Academic advisor meetings will take place online and in-person during the Fall 2021 semester. You may schedule an appointment with your advisor online via each school.

What if I have a question about my fall course?

Our faculty understand the importance of being accessible for our students to answer questions. Please feel free to reach out to your faculty via email.

Will there be changes to the Academic Calendar in terms of add/drop or refund deadlines?

There are no changes to the Academic Calendar at this time. We will continue to monitor any changes in public health conditions and follow guidance of global, national, and local health and government officials.

Will support services remain available?

Yes. Support services for students, such as the Counseling Center, the Writing Center, the Tutoring Lab, and Academic Coaching services will be available by virtual and in-person appointments. Academic advisors will be available, and you should reach out to your individual advisor to schedule a remote appointment.

Student Experience

How is AU building community and where can I find more information about campus activities?

Experiential learning is central to learning and growth. We will continue to work with students to conceptualize and implement community-building initiatives, deploy immersive experiences, and create opportunities for student mentorship. Visit our Office of Campus Life’s main webpage or Get Involved webpage to find out ways to stay engaged and active at AU.

How can I learn more about my career options, student jobs and internships?

The Career Center is an online resource center for services related to career advising appointments, education programs, recruiting events and more.

Where can I find more Athletics and Recreation information?

Please visit the Athletics FAQ site for updates and additional information.

Campus Facilities, Operations, and Services

What dining services are available on campus?

The East Campus C-Store is available for grab-n-go options, snacks, and beverages. The store is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

One Card & Dining Services are available via appointment only:

One Card & Dining Services are available remotely Monday – Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, via our virtual forms of communication and justask.american.edu.

With a variety of schedules for faculty and staff, how will parking be handled?

As part of the return to in-person classes and activates, American University will resume parking enforcement on campus and at university buildings the first week of August. An active parking permit or daily payment will be required in all AU parking facilities between 8:00AM-5:00PM (8:00AM-8:00PM at WCL), Monday-Friday. With the advent of the hybrid work environment, AU community members can choose the parking payment format that works best for their schedule. For details on campus parking options, please visit the Parking and Commuter Services website or email inquiries to parking@american.edu.

What is the status of the U∙PASS Program for the fall 2021 semester?

The U∙PASS Program has been reinstated and U∙PASS fees will be charged.

Financial Aid

How can I find information about graduate financial aid?

For questions regarding your graduate merit award or fellowship, please contact your school administrator. For graduate federal financial aid inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@american.edu.

Will financial aid be affected?

Financial aid packages will not be affected.

Will my financial aid be impacted if I do not return this fall for family or personal reasons but plan to return in spring 2022?

Students should work with their academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office to request a leave of absence for fall 2021. To maintain your aid eligibility for spring 2022, you must have:

Please note, need-based aid recipients are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid-FAFSA each academic year and continue to demonstrate financial need to retain their federal and institutional need-based aid. Be sure to contact your financial aid counselor for detailed information regarding the potential impact that a leave of absence may have on repayment of federal loans.

What is the best way to find out about the status of my financial aid?

Please refer to the myAU student portal at myau.american.edu for information regarding your financial aid status.