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Freshman Prospective Students

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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

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is a comprehensive application that is personalized for you based on information you provide when you register for the service. American University (AU) will use the information collected on the PROFILE to assist us in awarding institutional grant funding. Complete the PROFILE online through the College Board. AU's PROFILE code number is 5007. Please note: you may also be required to complete the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The information on the FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal and state need based aid. To expedite the processing of your application, complete your FAFSA online. Be sure to list the American University FAFSA code, 001434, in the college release section (paper FAFSA forms are available through your high school).

Required Applications

For AU need-based aid consideration, both the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and FAFSA must be received by the priority deadline of January 10. Do not wait to be admitted before filing your PROFILE and FAFSA. Late CSS Profile applications will be considered for institutional aid only while funding is available.

Tips for Filing Your Aid Applications

  1. It is important that information on the PROFILE and FAFSA be as accurate as possible. Your financial aid award will be based on the information provided on both applications. You may wish to complete the PROFILE first and use the College Board's pre-populated FAFSA Worksheet to assist you in completing the FAFSA. You will have the option to print the College Board FAFSA Worksheet upon completion of the PROFILE. Most of the information you entered on your PROFILE will appear on the worksheet and will be formatted to facilitate the filing of your FAFSA.
  2. File your PROFILE and FAFSA using your full legal name as it appears on your Social Security Card. Nicknames, or any name other than your full legal name are not permitted.
  3. Sign your FAFSA electronically. Both you and a parent (dependent students only) may obtain unique Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) through the Department of Education. Signing the FAFSA using a PIN will expedite the processing of your application.

Awarding Timeline

Students who complete their application on time will receive a financial aid award letter in their admissions packet in late March.

Early Decision Applicants

Both the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the FAFSA are available starting October 1 and must be received by November 10 for Early Decision I and January 10 for Early Decision II. Do not wait to be admitted before filing your PROFILE. Late applications will be considered for aid only while funding is available.

Students who complete their application on time and are eligible for need-based aid will receive a financial aid notification letter in their admissions packet.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Early Decision I: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Nov. 10
Early Decision II: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 10
Regular Decision Freshman: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Jan. 10
Transfer: FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: Mar. 1
Current (Continuing) AU Students: FAFSA: May 1

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