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Financial Aid and Honors Housing

Here you can find information regarding your merit scholarships, financial aid, and Honors housing. The most complete information about scholarships and financial aid can be found through the Office of Financial Aid. For further details about housing, please visit Housing and Residence Life's website.

Merit Scholarships

Yes. The merit scholarships that Honors students receive vary by student and are on top of need-based aid. 

In order to keep a merit scholarship, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress each year. Review Financial Aid's requirements closely to be sure you enroll in the correct number of credits each semester and earn the required minimum GPA. For students entering AU Honors in 2017 and later, be sure to visit the Honors Advising page to know your Good Standing requirements.

Students who are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress will be notified in writing by Financial Aid of the loss of aid eligibility. Students with extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal in writing to the Office of Financial Aid to request a reinstatement of financial aid. Students who receive such a notice should contact the AU Honors Faculty Director so that we can help.

Honors Housing

The first-year Honors living-learning community is an extension of the Honors classroom. In their first year, students live together in Anderson Hall. The floor is made up of students in AU Honors, Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars and Community-Based Research Scholars. All first-year students at AU are housed on South Campus, so Honors students get the full first-year experience.

As a member of the Honors community, you'll be supported by an Honors Program Associate (PA) who lives on your floor and attends your Honors classes, as well as a Resident Assistant (RA). Your RA and PA provide the living-learning communities with special programming such as faculty lectures, debates and trivia nights. Participation in a living-learning community is a great way for Honors students to connect with ambitious and studious individuals dedicated to academics and a rich social life. Placement is through AU's Housing & Residence Life.

For more information on AU's Residential Education Program and housing application instructions, visit Housing & Residence Life.

Need-Based Aid

All students receiving merit scholarships remain eligible for need-based aid. To apply for need-based aid, see the Financial Aid website.

Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) when receiving need-based aid. The SAP requirements for merit scholarships are higher than those for need-based aid. By meeting the Honors requirements, students will also meet the GPA and credit requirements for need-based aid. For more details, visit the Financial Aid website.

Students who are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress will be notified in writing by Financial Aid of the loss of aid eligibility. Students with extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal in writing to the Office of Financial Aid to request a reinstatement of financial aid. Students who receive such a notice should contact the AU Honors Faculty Director so that we can help.

Three Honors students posing on the first day of school