Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
Updates on Financial Aid Processing: During the week of July 1st, AU overhauled a major component its systems infrastructure. While this implementation was largely successful, there were issues that impacted the Financial Aid Office. Our office is diligently working with the Office of Information Technology to address these concerns so that we may better serve you.
As a result of these issues, some students may experience delays in the awarding, evaluation and processing of their financial aid. There may also be longer than usual wait times when contacting our office via phone or e-mail. We anticipate regaining full technological capabilities no later than Friday July 20th and will communicate directly with those students affected. We thank you for your patience and understanding while we resolve the issues.
Nearly $85M in financial aid awarded to undergraduates per year
24 dedicated financial aid staff members. All incoming freshman are assigned an individual counselor.
Shante Fencl, SIS/BA ’17
I’ve never had anyone try as hard for me as the financial aid team.
No one in my family had graduated high school. So when I was applying to college, the financial piece wasn't really something I knew about.
But my mom, the ever-optimist, encouraged me to apply anyway, promising it would all work out. But I couldn't get any loans. By my sophomore year, I was signing up for classes late because I couldn't get the money in time. It was then I appealed to financial aid. Thankfully, the help came through, and I'm now about to graduate. Turns out Mom was right.
Flat fee covering costs for full-time enrollment (12-17 credits per semester) for both the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters
Mandatory full-time enrollment fees, including but not limited to sports center, technology, and activities
Average cost for a double-occupancy room on campus
Average cost for a meal plan (10-11 meals per week), plus $400 dollars for use at dining venues on campus and designated establishments off campus
Average fees for federal student loans
Mandatory fee for unlimited use of Metrorail and bus while university is operational
Average (non-billed) cost of books and supplies for two semesters (approximately $400 per term); cost varies depending on whether books are new, used, rented, or open-source
Average cost, determined by distance from campus and mode of transportation
Average cost for toiletries and other incidental expenses
Average total cost of AU attendance per undergraduate (2016-2017)
All colleges in the United States are required to determine a standard cost of attendance (COA) for students. American University's COA is comprehensive and includes anticipated costs for tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, transportation, and personal expenses for the upcoming academic year.
American University offers a comprehensive financial aid program based on recognition of both academic excellence and demonstrated financial need. We work with students and their families to supplement their financial resources and make an AU education possible.
* Variable estimated costs based on financial circumstances and elective expenses
What you will need
- Financial Aid School Codes (FAFSA 001434 and CSS Profile 5007)
- Parent and Student Federal Student Aid Identification
- Parent and Student Social Security Numbers
- 2015 Federal Tax Forms to include W2s, 1099, etc.
- Non-Custodial Parent Contact Information