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College Affordability: AU and Your Educational Goals

Percent of Institutional Expenditures on Merit vs. Need

A Shift

Need-based aid more than doubled
in 6 years

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AU average loan default rate 3.3% vs. 13.7% national average

AU Trend:
Low Default

Understanding the cumulative,
long-term impact of loan
choices is imperative

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Bar chart showing decrease in tuition

AU is

Protecting the value,
moderating the cost

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Kogod Stock Exchange Lab

A Quality

President Kerwin talks about the
qualities that make AU special

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At AU and beyond, students, faculty, and
alumni experience the best of Washington, D.C. and the world.

High Quality

At AU and beyond, students,
faculty, and alumni experience
the best of Washington, D.C.
and the world

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We believe deeply in the great value of an AU education. Our story is not the national story.

When choosing a college we believe the focus should be on selecting the best fit for your educational needs. Whether you are considering attending, or you've already chosen American University, we understand that financing your education is a significant factor in setting you on the right course for a transformational experience and lifetime of passion for effecting change.

In Washington, D.C., and across the nation, student debt, loan rates and college affordability have become increasingly important issues since the start of the recession. The economy and job market have created uncertainty for students and families across the country.

However, the value of a quality education does not fluctuate. 

American University is committed to using all of its resources to help motivated students attain their educational goals. We’ve developed these tools and resources to help students and their families understand and manage their personal finances to take the actions that best fit their situations.

We look forward to working with you regarding financing an AU education.

Contact Us

Financial Aid for Prospective Students:
Phone: 202-885-6500
Fax: 202-885-1025

For Current or Continuing Students:
Phone: 202-885-8000

AU Central
Phone: 202-885-8000

President's Office
Phone: 202-885-2121