Tuition and Financial Aid
- Merit scholarships are awarded by the academic departments.
The Financial Aid Office does not administer these awards. Please visit your school’s merit scholarship web page or contact their admissions office for further information.
- Complete your FAFSA online.
Be sure to list the American University (AU) FAFSA code, 001434, in the college release section.
- Awarding Timeline
Continuing students will receive their notification letters via the student portal in late June after April term grades have been received and reviewed. Missing grades may delay the arrival of your award letter.
- Additional Forms
You may be asked to download and complete a Verification Worksheet or other documentation as needed to complete your aid application. Do not complete these forms unless asked to do so by the Office of Financial Aid.
- Loan Eligibility
Typically, graduate students are eligible for $6,833 per term from the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan as long as they are enrolled at least half time. Half time is defined as 3 credits per term beginning with the July 2019 term. If your program has a summer semester, 2 credits is considered half time. Eligibility for the Unsubsidized Loan is determined based on information on the FAFSA as well as loan history found once logged in on the federal student aid website.
Please note that graduate students may not borrow more than $138,500 from the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan throughout the entirety of their academic careers. You may view your Direct Loan history on the student federal student aid website.
- Loan Requirements
In order for your Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan to pay, you must accept the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan through the myAU portal. Complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling on the federal website after accepting the loan. Please use your FSA ID and password to access the site and complete the required paperwork.
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
Graduate students may be eligible for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to assist in defraying additional educational expenses not covered by the Stafford Loans. The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a credit-based loan from Direct Loans and requires an additional MPN, if approved. Learn more about this loan or apply. If approved by the lender, graduate students are eligible for up to the total cost of attendance minus all other aid received. In order for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to pay, you must complete both the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling for this loan. Be sure to complete the correct documents on the lender website as there will be options for both the unsubsidized Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The Federal government requires that you be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards the completion of your degree program. In general, this requires that you maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, complete two-thirds of all attempted credits, and complete your degree program within the maximum timeframe as defined in the AU academic regulations. The AU Financial Aid Office will evaluate your SAP at the end of your program’s April term once all grades have been recorded in your academic record. To review AU’s complete SAP policy, visit our website.