FAQ - Finances

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Is tuition discounted?

Tuition is no longer discounted for fall 2021. As we begin to transition to the post-COVID world, tuition levels will return to the levels originally set for fall 2020. We are pleased to avoid any tuition increase this year, which supports our students and families.

What fees will be charged or waived?

Fees are no longer being waived for fall 2021. 

What is the status of the U∙PASS Program for the fall 2021 semester?

The U∙PASS Program has been reinstated and U∙PASS fees will be charged.

I am currently using VA education benefits. How will AU’s plan for the spring semester impact my VA education benefits eligibility?

Please visit our Veteran Services Office page for guidance and we’ll continue to update any additional guidance on our site. You can also contact us directly at veterans@american.edu.

Financial Aid Office

Will financial aid be affected?

Financial aid packages will not be affected.

Will my undergraduate financial aid change because I am not in AU residential housing?

Your aid will not change because you are not residing in AU housing. As during the 2020-2021 academic year, we anticipate that students will continue to incur costs for food and housing this fall. However, students who notify the Financial Aid Office that they will be a commuter student—a student living at home with a parent, parents, or family members—will have their costs of attendance adjusted to the lower commuter budget and their financial aid awards reduced accordingly.

Will the AU funding that was reduced due to the 10% tuition discount be reinstated?

Your funding will be reinstated to previous levels provided you continue to meet eligibility requirements for your award(s). 

Will my financial aid be impacted if I do not return this fall for family or personal reasons but plan to return in spring 2022?

Students should work with their academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office to request a leave of absence for fall 2021. To maintain your aid eligibility for spring 2022, you must have:

Please note, need-based aid recipients are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid-FAFSA each academic year and continue to demonstrate financial need to retain their federal and institutional need-based aid. Be sure to contact your financial aid counselor for detailed information regarding the potential impact that a leave of absence may have on repayment of federal loans.

What is the best way to find out about the status of my financial aid?

Please refer to the myAU student portal at myau.american.edu for information regarding your financial aid status.

How can I find information about graduate financial aid?

For questions regarding your graduate merit award or fellowship, please contact your school administrator. For graduate federal financial aid inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@american.edu.

Will CARES Act funding be available in fall 2021?

Congress recently allocated additional funding to assist students with emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19, including tuition, food, housing, health care and child-care. To date, the Department of Education has not provided information regarding the amount of funds that will be made available to AU. Please visit the AU Financial Aid website for the most up to date and comprehensive information on CARES Act funding and other financial aid resources.