Please note that health insurance fees for the academic year 2016-2017 had not been established when these costs were determined, so the estimated costs are subject to change. A total increase of 5% - 7% should be anticipated for each succeeding academic year.
Financial Documents for F-1 (Student) Visa
If you intend to apply for an F-1 (student) visa, you will be required by a U.S. consular officer to present a Form I-20 and supporting financial documents to demonstrate your ability to meet financial obligations for the first year of your academic program (costs are outlined above). In order to obtain a Form I-20 from American University, the student must first be admitted into the university. For more information, please contact ISSS at (202) 885-3350 or visit: How to Obtain Immigration Documents.
Important Additional Costs
Students should be able to meet the following costs as they apply to their particular situation (costs may increase by about 5-7% per year due to inflation and other external factors):
Travel expenses between home country and U.S. during vacation periods
Large purchases (such as computers, furniture, etc.)
Medical expenses not covered by health insurance (eye care, dental care, medical problems developed before arriving at the university)
Additional summer expenses (if any) including tuition and fees, room and board, and books
Additional expenses such as travel during vacation periods and off-campus transportation
Other personal expenses (such as entertainment, social outings, etc.)
Additional family members (if any)
Married students who plan to bring their families should add at least $5,500 for their spouse and $4,000 for each child per year to their annual living expenses.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
There are limited opportunities for scholarships and financial available to international students in the US.
Academic scholarships for international students at American University are extremely competitive and very limited. They are awarded only to students applying for the fall semester who have outstanding academic records.
Only citizens of the United States and permanent residents are eligible to apply for need-based financial aid (requiring a FAFSA application form). Please see the AU Financial Aid website if you think you qualify.