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)
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.
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).
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