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American University accepts payment by check online or by regular paper check for tuition and fees.

All returned checks are processed by AU's bank once. Returned checks initially are returned by the bank to the Office of Student Accounts. Upon receipt of the returned check, the issuer will be notified that they have ten days to make a repayment, including any related fees, to prevent further collection activity. A returned check stop will be placed on the individual’s account. The university will charge a returned check fee of $25 dollars for each returned check. Returned checks must be repaid by certified funds (cash, money order, cashier’s check, or credit card). A personal check will not be accepted as a repayment for a returned check.