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Need-Based Aid

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For Prospective Students:
Phone: 202-885-6500
Fax: 202-885-1025
E-mail: facounselor@american.edu

For Current or Continuing Students:
Phone: 202-885-8000
Email: financialaid@american.edu

Contact Information

Need-Based Aid Overview

Awards go to students with demonstrated financial need. AU determines your need based on information you provide on both the required financial aid applications (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®). Need is calculated as the difference between AU’s Cost of Attendance and your composite Expected Family Contribution based on the information you provide on the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. 

 

CALCULATING DEMONSTRATED FINANCIAL NEED

COA (tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, and personal expenses)

— (minus)

EFC (primarily determined by income, number of family members in college, family size, and assets)

= FINANCIAL NEED 

 

Need-Based Aid: Grants

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY GRANT  

Grants are awarded to full-time admitted students who demonstrate financial need and may be offered along with an AU scholarship; they do not require repayment. 


FEDERAL PELL GRANT

Awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and meet specific eligibility criteria, these grants range from $600 to $5815 per year.


FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTARY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG) 

Offered to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need, the FSEOG award is determined by need and availability of funds.

Need-Based Aid: Federal Local Program  

FEDERAL SUBSIDIZED DIRECT LOAN 

Students in a degree program (minimum 6 credits per semester) and demonstrating financial need are eligible; subsidized loans do not accrue interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).


FEDERAL UNSUBSIDIZED DIRECT LOAN
 

Students in a degree program (minimum 6 credits per semester) are eligible for this interest-bearing loan regardless of financial need.

FEDERAL PARENT PLUS LOAN (PLUS) 

This interest-bearing loan is available to parents of dependent undergraduate students. Repayment may be deferred for up to four years; however, interest will accrue.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Early Decision I: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 15
Early Decision II: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15
Regular Decision Freshman: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 15
Transfer: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Mar. 1
Current (Continuing) AU Students: FAFSA: May 1

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