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Master's Degree Merit Scholarships

The School of Public Affairs seeks to enroll a diverse class of graduate students with a demonstrated record of academic performance and commitment to public service. Our approach to merit scholarships is to offer partial tuition assistance to a broad base of highly qualified master's degree students. Our evening class schedule allows students to pursue paid internships and employment during the day - students gain valuable work experience while earning a master's degree from our top ranked programs in just two years. We also offer a number of specialized scholarships to assist with funding for second-year master's funding.

Tuition

Estimated Tuition Costs (Based on 2016-2017)

 

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Tuition per Credit

$1,579

$1,579

$1,579

Mandatory student fees for full-time enrollment

$215

$215

$0


Estimated Semester Tuition Costs (Based on 2016-2017)

 

Tuition

Fees

Total

3 Credits

$4,737

$200

$4,937

6 Credits

$9,474

$200

$9,674

9 Credits

$14,211

$430

$14,641


Tuition and fees are calculated on a per-credit basis and based on 2016-2017 rates. Your tuition costs are customized based on the total number of credits you enroll in each term.

A typical part-time student enrolls in 6 credits per fall and spring semester each academic year. A typical full-time student enrolls in 9 credits per fall and spring semester each academic year.

Please review the 2016-2017 academic year and fee schedule.

 

Estimated Annual Non-Tuition Expenses*

Room and Board (off campus)

$24,358

Books and Supplies

$1,100

Transportation

$1,867

Personal Expenses

$1,933

Student Health Insurance**

$1,750


*Please note that these expenses, based on 2016-2017 rates, are discretionary for students and are included here to assist you in planning your budget.

**For more information on student health insurance options, including premiums, enrollment, and waivers, please visit AU Student Health Insurance website.

Financial Aid

There are several financial aid opportunities for most students, including:

Merit-Based Awards

The university has established the following merit-based awards to assist full- and part-time graduate degree students. Merit-based graduate awards are awarded to students by their respective departments using traditional merit indicators such as GPA, test scores, strength of recommendation letters, and experience. Merit awards include fellowships, assistantships, and tuition grants. The deadline for first round consideration for Fall Merit Award (traditional masters programs) is February 15.


Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are merit-based awards that provide the recipient with a monetary stipend and tuition remission for degree-related courses. Students selected for a graduate assistantship are required to work with a faculty member.


Graduate Study Grants

Graduate study grants are merit-based awards that provide the recipient with tuition remission for degree-related courses.


Hall of Nations Scholarships

These awards are available to international students who do not have permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship. The Hall of Nations Scholarships are assistantships and graduate study grants.


Special Opportunity Awards

These assistantships and graduate study grants are for US-born minority students.


Graduate Study Scholarships


Hart A. Massey Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded each academic year to one or more incoming Canadian students pursuing graduate studies full-time at American University. The fellowship is applied to tuition charges.


United Methodist Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each academic year to new full-time graduate students who have held membership in the United Methodist Church for at least two years, have strong academic skills, and are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The scholarship is applied to tuition charges. 

More Information

Additional Info

The NAASPA website provides a wealth of resources regarding financial aid, scholarships, fellowships and loans for prospective graduate students.

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