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Financial Aid
Graduate students enrolled at least part time in a Master's program may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  There is no deadline, and the FAFSA will be reviewed on a rolling basis as it is received. When completing your application, be sure to enter the American University FAFSA code 001434 in the college release section. 

You must also register with the U.S. Department of Education for a Personal Identification Number (PIN), which you can obtain at

Federal Student Loans
Students enrolled in a graduate program may be eligible for a Federal Direct Loan to finance part of their education. Eligibility is awarded based on the program cost minus any amounts of merit scholarship, company sponsorship, tuition remission, etc. received. For program costs not met by other resources, a student can receive up to $20,500 per year in Direct Unsubsidized Loans. For more information about this loan and other federal loan options, please visit the Department of Education lender website at

Other Financial Assistance Options
You may have other options for financial assistance, such as employer tuition reimbursement programs. Our Admissions Advisers can help you explore these and figure out the maximum assistance for which you qualify. They will also guide you through the application process and with required paperwork.

American University awards select scholarships to students with outstanding academic performance. American University is pleased to offer select scholarships to those who qualify to honor our students who demonstrate undergraduate and/or leadership excellence and continue on to graduate studies. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Tuition (2015-2016 Academic Year)
Graduate Programs - $1,579 per credit hour

For more information, call us toll-free at 855-725-7614 to speak with an Admissions Adviser, or request more information online.