Contact Us

Prospective Students

(202) 885-6500

facounselor@american.edu

Financial Aid Office
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

Current Students

(202) 885-8000

financialaid@american.edu

AU Central
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

Hours:
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


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FAFSA code 001434 and Profile code 5007 will be required when applying for aid.

An AU education is affordable.

Nearly $85M in financial aid awarded to undergraduates per year

24 dedicated financial aid staff members. All incoming freshman are assigned an individual counselor.

The Human Touch to Financial Aid

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.

2016-2017 Cost of Attendance (Before Aid)

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

Need-based Aid

Awards go to students with demonstrated financial need.
AU determines your need based on information you provide on the required financial aid applications.

Need-Based Aid Info

Merit-Based Aid (Scholarships)

All students who apply to AU are considered for most merit awards, including Deans' and Presidential, on the basis of their admissions application.

Merit-Based Aid Info

Student Employment

Income from work-study jobs is to be used exclusively for educational purposes. Award amounts vary; hourly wages are determined by the employer and job category.

Work-study Jobs

Applying for Financial Aid

Forms to Complete

  1. Apply to AU
  2. Complete the FAFSA
  3. Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

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