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Financing Your Education

The American University Financial Aid Office is prepared to answer any questions you might have regarding financial aid, and to share information on external scholarship and funding sources.

The staff will work with you to create the best possible financial aid package and payment plan. Your aid may include an AU scholarship or grant, federally funded grants, and/or low-interest federally funded loans. The process of applying for financial aid requires time and attention to detail.

Please review all of the information posted on the AU Financial Aid website to ensure that you thoroughly understand the various aid options and application process. Early filing of a complete and accurate financial aid application will help ensure that you receive the best possible combination of university and non-university financial aid available.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are based on 2017-2018 costs and may be subject to change for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Tuition Per Credit Hour Rate: $1,642 per credit hour
  • Spring 2018 Global Experience Project: $3,700

Additional Fees

  • Graduate Activity Fee: $30
  • Technology Fee: $120
  • Sport Center Fee: $65
  • Metro U-Pass Fee: $130

Per Credit Hour Rate: $1,642 per credit hour

Additional MS Student Fees

  • Graduate Activity Fee: $30
  • Technology Fee: $120
  • Sport Center Fee: $65
  • Metro U-Pass Fee: $130

American University's International Student & Scholar Services has developed the following cost guides to assist international students with acquiring visas to study in the United States:

To discuss eligibility and opportunities to finance your AU education, please contact:


Scholarships are awarded by the academic departments and may vary depending on your program of study.

The deadline for most scholarship applications is February 1. Please contact Kogod's Graduate Admission Office for more information on eligibility and scholarship submission deadlines.

Merit Scholarships

All applicants are considered for merit scholarships; a separate application is not required for consideration. Scholarship recipients are notified at the time of admission. In general, scholarship recipients have excellent academic credentials and exhibit exceptional leadership skills.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Applicants interested in learning more about American University's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and other Veteran benefits should visit Veteran Student Services for more information.


American Payment Plan

American University offers the American Payment Plan (APP) to students as an alternative to paying your bill in full at the start of each term.

The plan splits your Fall or Spring semester balance into convenient monthly payments, with no interest charged. By budgeting ahead for the upcoming term's charges, you may be able to reduce the amount of loans needed for the school year.

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Alumni Connection Award

Refer a friend or colleague for a $2,500 scholarship in your name.

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