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Tuition Table 2020-2021 Academic Year

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Credit Rate Tuition Total
Part-Time (less than 12 credit hours, per credit hour) $1,516*
Full-Time (12-17.5 credit hours) $22,744*
Full-Time(18 credit hours)

$24,259*

Above 18 credit hours, Students are charged $1,516* per additional credit hour

* Tution Rates are for Fall 2020 only. Spring 2021 will be published at a later date.

Graduate Students
Graduate Credit Rate Tuition Total
Per credit hour $1,631*
Law Students, Washington College of Law (WCL)
Law Credit Rate Tuition Total
Full-Time (12-17 credit hours) $26,018*
Part-Time (less than 12 credit hours per credit hour) $1,927*

Above 17 credit hours, $1,927* per additional credit hour

* Tution Rates are for Fall 2020 only. Spring 2021 will be published at a later date.

Non-Degree Students
Non-Degree Credit Rate Tuition Total
For Course Levels 100-400 (per credit hour) $1,516*
For Course Levels 500 and above (per credit hour) $1,631*

Special Notices

  • Summer sessions are charged on a per credit hour basis
  • Auditors pay the same charges as students enrolled for credit and are subject to all applicable special fees
  • As a graduate of American University, you can audit one non-tutorial program/travel fees for the nominal fee of $150. For more information please see Alumni Audit.
  • Charges for courses with special tuition rates or fees are listed in the Schedule of Classes or in publications supplied to you by the offering university department.

Mandatory Fees Tables

All students enrolled at American University are charged certain mandatory student fees each semester. Explanation of each fee can be found below the fee table.

A vast majority of universities, including American University, have a tuition and mandatory fee policy. With this type of policy, mandatory fees are assessed to all or groups of students in order to help defray associated costs based on the actual usage of an individual student.

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Fees Full Time (12 and Above) Part-Time Summer Session 2020
Sports Center Fee $0.00* $0.00* $0.00
Undergraduate Activity Fee $62.00* $10.50* $0.00
Student Technology Fee $120.00 $40.00 $0.00
Metro U-Pass $136.00 $0.00 $0.00

* This is for Fall 2020 only. Spring 2021 rate will be published at a later date.

Graduate Student/Non-Degree Graduate
Graduate Student/Non-Degree Graduate Fees Full-Time (9 Credit Hours and Above) Part-Time Summer Session 2020
Sports Center Fee $0.00* $0.00* $0.00
Grad Activity Fee $22.50* $22.50* $0.00
Student Technology Fee $120.00 $40.00 $0.00
Metro U-Pass $136.00 $0.00 $0.00
Additional SIS Master's Program Fee per semester $750.00 $500.00 $0.00
Additional Joint Degree (CAS/SIS) Program Fee per semester $375.00 $250.00 $0.00

 * This is for Fall 2020 only. Spring 2021 rate will be published at a later date.

Law Students, Washington College of Law (WCL)
Washington College of Law Student Fees Full-Time (12 Credit Hours and Above) Part-Time Summer Session 2020
Sports Center Fee $0.00* $0.00* $0.00
WCL Activity Fee $209.00* $153.00* $41.00
Student Technology Fee $120.00 $40.00 $0.00
Metro U-Pass $136.00 $0.00 $0.00

* This is for Fall 2020 only. Spring 2021 rate will be published at a later date.

Housing and Meal Plan Rates

Housing Rates

Hughes, Leonard, McDowell, Roper Halls
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy

$6,452

Double Occupancy $5,048
Triple Occupancy $3,767
Anderson, Letts Halls
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $6,516
Double Occupancy $5,098
Triple Occupancy $3,804
Cassell Hall
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,546
Double Occupancy $6,247
Nebraska Hall
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,619
Double Occupancy $6,308
Centennial Hall
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,327
Double Occupancy $5,846
East Campus Halls
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,545
Double Occupancy $6,155

Meal Plan Rates

Meal Plan Rates
Block Count EagleBuck$ Total
All Access 7 Day + 5 Meal Exchanges per week $100 $3,050
175 Block Plan $400 $2,442
100 Block Plan $400 $1,588
50 Block Plan $100 $695
0 Block Plan $800 $800

Tuition Table 2019-2020 Academic Year

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Credit Rate Tuition Total
Part-Time (less than 12 credit hours, per credit hour) $1,635
Full-Time (12-17.5 credit hours) $24,535
Full-Time(18 credit hours) $26,170

Above 18 credit hours, Students are charged $1,635 per additional credit hour

Graduate Students
Graduate Credit Rate Tuition Total
Per credit hour $1,759
Law Students, Washington College of Law (WCL)
Law Credit Rate Tuition Total
Full-Time (12-17 credit hours) $28,342
Part-Time (less than 12 credit hours per credit hour) $2,099

Above 17 credit hours, $2,099 per additional credit hour

Non-Degree Students
Non-Degree Credit Rate Tuition Total
For Course Levels 100-400 (per credit hour) $1,635
For Course Levels 500 and above (per credit hour) $1,759

Special Notices

  • Summer sessions are charged on a per credit hour basis
  • Auditors pay the same charges as students enrolled for credit and are subject to all applicable special fees
  • As a graduate of American University, you can audit one non-tutorial program/travel fees for the nominal fee of $150. For more information please see Alumni Audit.
  • Charges for courses with special tuition rates or fees are listed in the Schedule of Classes or in publications supplied to you by the offering university department.

Mandatory Fees Tables

All students enrolled at American University are charged certain mandatory student fees each semester. Explanation of each fee can be found below the fee table.

A vast majority of universities, including American University, have a tuition and mandatory fee policy. With this type of policy, mandatory fees are assessed to all or groups of students in order to help defray associated costs based on the actual usage of an individual student.

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Fees Full Time (12 and Above) Part-Time Summer Session 2019
Sports Center Fee $65.00 $30.00 $0.00
Undergraduate Activity Fee $88.50 $15.00 $0.00
Student Technology Fee $120.00 $40.00 $0.00
Metro U-Pass $136.00 $0.00 $0.00
Graduate Student/Non-Degree Graduate
Graduate Student/Non-Degree Graduate Fees Full-Time (9 Credit Hours and Above) Part-Time Summer Session 2019
Sports Center Fee $65.00 $30.00 $0.00
Grad Activity Fee $30.00 $30.00 $0.00
Student Technology Fee $120.00 $40.00 $0.00
Metro U-Pass $136.00 $0.00 $0.00
Additional SIS Master's Program Fee per semester $750.00 $500.00 $0.00
Additional Joint Degree (CAS/SIS) Program Fee per semester $375.00 $250.00 $0.00
Law Students, Washington College of Law (WCL)
Washington College of Law Student Fees Full-Time (12 Credit Hours and Above) Part-Time Summer Session 2019
Sports Center Fee $65.00 $30.00 $0.00
WCL Activity Fee $255.00 $186.00 $41.00
Student Technology Fee $120.00 $40.00 $0.00
Metro U-Pass $136.00 $0.00 $0.00

Housing and Meal Plan Rates

Housing Rates

Hughes, Leonard, McDowell, Roper Halls
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $6,388
Double Occupancy $4,998
Triple Occupancy $3,730
Anderson, Letts Halls
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $6,452
Double Occupancy $5,048
Triple Occupancy $3,767
Cassell Hall
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,362
Double Occupancy $6,095
Nebraska Hall
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,398
Double Occupancy $6,125
Centennial Hall
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,184
Double Occupancy $5,732
East Campus Halls
Occupants Total
Single Occupancy $7,326
Double Occupancy $5,976

Meal Plan Rates

Meal Plan Rates
Block Count EagleBuck$ Total
All Access 7 Day + 5 Meal Exchanges per week $100 $3,050
175 Block Plan $400 $2,442
100 Block Plan $400 $1,588
50 Block Plan $100 $695
0 Block Plan $800 $800

Health Insurance

Health Insurance Rates
Coverage Period Cost
Annual (August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021) $1,952
Fall (August 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020) $814
Spring/Summer (January 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021) $1,139
Summer Only (May 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020) $488

Health insurance is required for all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1and J1 visas. Your automatic enrollment and charge will show on the bill. You can submit a request for a Health Insurance Waiver if you have comprehensive coverage that is valid for use in Washington, DC. All requests for a waiver must be submitted online by the deadline. Detailed information on the Student Health Insurance Plan and waiver request process can be found via the Student Health Center main page. For information on submitting waiver requests, please see the Health Insurance Waiver page.

Tuition Information

Undergraduate students who register for 12 to 17.5 credit hours are charged for tuition at a flat full-time rate. Undergraduate students who register for fewer than 12 credit hours are charged tuition per credit hour based on the number of credit hours taken. Undergraduate students who register for more than 17.5 credit hours are charged the flat full-time tuition rate with an additional charge for each credit hour over 17.5.

Graduate and non-degree students are charged for tuition on a per credit hour basis.

Washington College of Law students who register for 12 to 17 credit hours are charged for tuition at a flat full-time rate. Washington College of Law students who register for fewer than 12 credit hours are charged tuition per credit hour based on the number of credit hours taken. Washington College of Law students who register for more than 17 credit hours are charged the flat full-time tuition rate with an additional charge for each credit hour over 17.

The off-campus tuition rate differs from the rate for on-campus courses. However, full-time undergraduate students who register for courses both on and off campus are assessed tuition at the on-campus full-time rate.

Given the probable continuation of current economic conditions, as well as the need to continue to accelerate the academic development of the university, it is reasonable to expect that tuition and fee increases will be required each year in the future.

American University has partnered with GradGuard(TM) by Allianz Global Assistance to provide Tuition Insurance for students. Allianz Global Assistance is a private insurance program offering tuition insurance that acts as an extension to American University's published refund policy.

Tuition Insurance helps minimize financial losses should a student suffer serious illness or an accident that results in withdrawal from the university before the end of the semester.

To enroll please contact:

GradGuard(TM) by Allianz Global Assitance

Web: www.gradguard.com/tuition/american

Phone: (866) 724-4384

Fee Information

This mandatory fee is charged to all registered students. The fee is assessed to help pay a small portion of the university's overall technology costs. It helps to fund technology priorities, ranging from classroom instruction, faculty research, expanded computer labs, student portals, wireless connectivity, on-line registrations, faster internet connectivity, server upgrades, computer security, and administrative systems. Whether a student lives on-campus, off-campus, or abroad, the technology services are available to them.

Our sports center fee is charged to all registered students, and is used to help pay for building maintenance and service costs associated with the sports center complex. The fee is not a membership fee for use the fitness center. Any registered student can use the entire sports center complex facilities, including the fitness center. 

 The University Board of Trustees approves and encourages strong and viable student-sponsored programs that contribute significantly to the intellectual and social development of the student body, serve the university academic goals, encourage student participation and leadership, and enhance the general campus environment. To finance these student-run organizations and programs (over 160), the Board directs the assessment of a mandatory non-refundable student activity/program fee. Depending on your student status, those fees will be labeled on your student account statement as Undergraduate Activity Fee, Graduate Activity Fee, or WCL General Fee.

The Metro U-Pass fee is a mandatory fee charged to full time students enrolled in an on-campus program. The Metro U-Pass is valid for unlimited Metrorail and Metrobus transportation for the duration of the semester (Fall/Spring). For more information about how to obtain your U-Pass and for frequently asked question, please visit the Metro University Pass page.  

Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time degree, resident, and international students, unless the student has comparable coverage under another health insurance plan. If a student has comparable coverage under another insurance plan, they must waive the AU health insurance plan. Waivers must be completed on-line on the myau.american.edu portal . If the fee has already been assessed, the related insurance charge will be removed within two business days of the waiver submission. Insurance waivers need to be performed each year. For more information regarding Health insurance and wavier deadlines please visit Health Center Homepage.

The fee is used to cover expenses associated with professional program enhancements associated with the School of International Services. The fee is charged to all SIS graduate students and joint CAS/SIS program students. The fee applies to all SIS M.A. programs, the MIS program and the M.S. program.

Payment Due Dates

Summer 

  • Payment is due June 1st 
  • Payment is due at the time of registration for students registering after June 1st

Fall 

  • Payment is due August 12th
  • Payment is due at the time of registration for students registering after August 11th

Spring 

  • Payment is due January 6th
  • Payment is due at the time of registration for students registering after January 5th 

Online T-Terms

  • 2020 T2: March 30, 2020
  • 2020 T3: June 29, 2020
  • 2020 T4: September 28, 2020
  • 2021 T1: January 11, 2021
  • 2021 T2: April 5, 2021