Tuition and Guidelines

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022
Program Options Tuition Total
7 credits:
4 credit professional internship & internship course
3 credit Gap seminar
10 credits:
4 credit professional internship & internship course
3 credit seminar
3 credit AU Elective
Required Fees
Fee Amount
Technology Fee $40.00
Sports Center Fee


Gap Program Fee


Metro U*Pass1


1Flat fee for unlimited Metrorail and Metrobus transportation during Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester (estimated savings of over $500 per semester for students) for travel to/from internship sites, guest speakers, site visits, classes on campus, and recreational activities.

AU Meal Plan Options

$ 3,157.00 All Access Plan - 7 Days + 5 Meal Exchanges per week (w/ $100 EagleBuck$)
$ 2,527.00175 Block Plan (w/ $400 EagleBuck$)
$ 1,644.00100 Block Plan (w/ $400 EagleBuck$) * Minimum required plan for students living on campus
$ 719.0050 Block Plan (w/ $100 EagleBuck$) – only available for students living off-campus 
$ 800.000 Block Plan (w/$800 EagleBuck$) – only available for students living off campus

Health Insurance Rates
Coverage Period Cost
Annual (August 1, 2021 - July 31, 2022) $1,981
Fall (August 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021) $826
Spring/Summer (January 1, 2022 - July 31, 2022) $1,156
Summer Only (May 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021) $496

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. For information on submitting waiver requests, please see the Health Insurance Waiver page. Detailed information on the Student Health Insurance Plan and waiver request process can be found on the Student Health Center website.

The waiver and account activation (for students who want to enroll in the AU insurance) will become available after the student receives the registration confirmation email from the Gap Program Advisor. Students who will not waive the health insurance should activate their AU health insurance account. Students who do not submit the waiver nor activate their account will be auto-enrolled in the plan, which will become active approximately four weeks after the start of the semester.

  • All international students must have health insurance plans with a US carrier who meets the minimum coverage requirements.
  • International students will not be permitted to waive the AU health insurance with insurance from their home country.
  • Travel insurance is not eligible for a waiver.
  • International students must have unlimited medical evacuation benefits and unlimited repatriation benefits.

Tuition Refund Insurance

If you will pay tuition directly to your home school, we recommend that you contact your home school regarding their tuition insurance plan if offered before purchasing AU-affiliated tuition refund insurance.

Tuition refund insurance is optional but recommended. If you will pay tuition directly to AU and are interested in purchasing tuition refund insurance, please review the information for AU-affiliated insurance.

Other Costs to Consider
Expense Amount
Books $200
Student Commuter/ Resident General Parking (semester rate) $506.50

Students should also plan and budget for personal expenses, including medical not covered by health insurance and travel expenses to and from Washington, DC.

AU Gap Program students have non-degree seeking student status, therefore financial aid is not available. Many students secure private student loans, including non-degree educational loans, to pay for the Gap Program. In addition, students may also choose to participate in the American Payment Plan (APP), which breaks tuition into monthly payments.

Gap students are subject to University regulations, Program guidelines, and the laws of the jurisdictions of the DC metropolitan area. Students who violate these laws, fail academically, or behave in a way that is detrimental to other students or the Program, the University shall have the right to dismiss the student from the Program. The University's decision will be final and may result in the loss of academic credit and Program fees. Students also are responsible for costs arising out of voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the Program prior to its completion.