Program Cost Guides

The costs below are estimates based on current economic conditions. An increase of 5-7% should be anticipated for each succeeding academic year. The documents below are in PDF format.
Program     Total Required to Issue I-20 or DS-2019

Undergraduate Degree Program



Graduate: College of Arts & Science (CAS)



Graduate: School of Communication (SOC)



Graduate: School of Public Affairs (SPA)



Graduate: School of International Service



Graduate: Kogod School of Business Master of Science Programs



Graduate: Kogod School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA)



Master of Laws (LLM)



LLM Certificate (1 semester program)






Juris Doctorate (JD)



Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)



PhD Maintain Matriculation



SPExS Washington Semester (1 semester)



SPExS Washington Semester (2 semesters)



SPExS Washington Semester Intl Certificate (1 semester)



SPExS Washington Semester Intl Certificate (2 semesters)



Abroad at AU (1 semester)



Abroad at AU (2 semesters)



Abroad at AU Exchange Program (1 semester)



Abroad at AU Exchange Program (2 semesters)



English Language Training Academy (ELTA)



Fall ELTA & Spring Abroad at AU



Fall ELTA & Spring Washington Semester



Fall ELTA & Spring Washington Semester Certificate 



International Accelerator Program (IAP)



Masters Accelerator Program (MAP)



American Collegiate (AC)



Pre-Sessional Program (PSE)



*Includes summer costs

Health insurance fees for the academic year 2019-2020 had not been established when these costs were determined.

Important Additional Costs

Students should be able to meet the following costs as they apply to their particular situation (costs may increase each year 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
  • 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