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Apply for financial aid as a current undergraduate student.

You must apply for financial aid each year by May 1, continue to meet all published deadlines and requirements and maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for your aid.

Review and then accept or decline your financial aid offer online at your student portal. After you have logged in, select Finances from the navigation options on the right.

When you accept a financial aid offer, we are required by law to review your academic progress. This review policy is referred to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Progress is evaluated once per academic year at the end of the spring semester. For federal aid and American University (AU) need based aid, students must successfully complete 67% of all attempted credits and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. AU Merit recipients must successfully complete 67% of all attempted credits and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. For complete details on progress, please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

AU will make every effort to offer financial aid funds to you as long as you continue to demonstrate the same level of financial need. However, a change in your family's income, number in college, outside resources or household size may result in either an increase or decrease in your financial aid award from year to year.

Required Forms

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required every year for all students who apply for financial aid.

The following are the additional undergraduate financial aid forms that you may be asked to download and complete. Do not complete these forms unless asked to do so by the Financial Aid Office.

  • Institutional Financial Aid Verification Form (for currently enrolled independent students)
  • Institutional Financial Aid Verification Form (for currently enrolled dependent students)
  • Parent Non-Tax Filer Statement

You may fax your undergraduate financial aid forms to AU at 202-885-1025.