2014-2015 Financial Information

Cost of Attendance: 2014 - 2015

Expenses Full-time Enrollment
(12-17 credits/semester)
Part-time Enrollment
(below 12 credits)
Required Tuition & Fees
Tuition (fall and spring)
Student Fees
varies by student
Living Expenses
Other Expenses (varies by student)
Direct Loan Fees (est.) **
Student Health Insurance***
* A one-time allowance for computer equipment may be added under specified conditions.
** Fees apply only to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents receiving U.S. Government loans.
***Unless you specifically request to waive the health insurance fee, you will be charged for it. For information on how to waive health insurance, click here.


The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of educational expenses for the nine month academic year. Federal law limits COA allowances to the amounts necessary to cover institutional charges and a student lifestyle and may vary from actual costs. The housing allowance assumes a shared accommodation.

In determining how best to cover expenses, consider the budget in its entirety with thought of adjusting expenses in one category to meet costs that may be higher in another. While the cost of attendance cannot be increased to meet obligations beyond those specified, consideration may be given to documented unusual or unexpected expenses. 

The standard cost of attendance is the maximum amount of aid permitted from all sources during the academic year. For financial aid purposes the full-time budget applies to enrollment in 12-17 credits; the per credit hour rate of $1,802 applies to part-time enrollment up to 11 hours. Enrollment in 6 credit hours per semester (including summers) is required for financial aid. International students on a visa sponsored by American University are required to enroll in a minimum of 8 credits each semester.

Cost of Attendance figures are usually updated in early spring for the upcoming fall semester. Tuition charges are subject to change each academic year.

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