Tuition and Guidelines

Tuition & Program Fees

AU Gap Program Tuition
7 undergraduate credits, including your seminar and internship course
Required Student Fees
Includes: Sport Center $30, Technology $40, and SPExS Program $79, Metro U-Pass $136 (can be waived for fall 2020)
AU Health Insurance (optional) - Fall semester
AU Health Insurance (optional) - Spring and summer semesters
Students may waive the AU Health Insurance if already covered by a comparable insurance plan.

Housing Charges

AU Gap students live on American University’s main campus in Leonard Hall in a double room. Students residing in the DC/MD/VA region are welcome to participate in the AU Gap Program as a commuter student (living at home rather than on campus). For students wishing to live at home, written consent from a parent/guardian is required.
Note: Students enrolling in fall 2020 and/or spring 2021 will live off campus only.

Leonard Residence Hall Double Room (per person)

Meal Plan Options

175 meals per semester, plus $400 Eagle Bucks
100 meals per semester, about 6 meals per week, plus $400 Eagle Bucks

There are more meal plan options available. View full list.

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.

American University Gap students are eligible for Tap Grants. 

Deadline: March 5, 2020
Scholarship Amount: $3,000

Apply Now

USA Gap Year Fairs offers a Student Ambassador Scholarship annually. Just describe why you want to take a gap year and you could win a scholarship.

Deadline: April 30, 2020
Scholarship Amount: $3,000

Apply Now

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.