Financial Aid & Scholarships


Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline. Do not wait until you are admitted to apply for financial aid. total financial aid for one year may not exceed the established cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, books, and living expenses. International students who can obtain a U.S. citizen as a co-signer may be able to receive education loans from private lenders. For information and applications, contact the WCL Financial Aid Office.

*Please review WCL Financial Aid information regarding recent legislation affecting student loans.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): www.fafsa.ed.gov
School Code: 001434

Additional Aid Options

Tuition Remission

Partial tuition remission grants based on financial need are available for a limited number of LL.M. students. Tuition remission applications and corresponding financial documents should be submitted by June 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. All documents may be scanned and emailed directly to the Program for processing.

LL.M. in Law and Government Fellowship Opportunities

The LL.M. in Law & Government Fellowship is designed for exceptional students passionately committed to their field of specialization. Successful applicants will have an exemplary academic background and a demonstrated potential to excel in the LL.M. Program. The Fellow will enroll in the 24 credit LL.M. Program and will receive a number of benefits. See complete program details.

Civil Society Leadership Award

The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provides fully funded master’s level scholarships at a network of universities across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. The program aims to support individuals who demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and have potential to become civil society leaders in their home communities. Applicants from the following countries are eligible:

Azerbaijan Egypt South Sudan Turkmenistan
Belarus Ethiopia Sudan Uzbekistan
Cambodia Laos Syria  

The award will cover all tuition and fees, monthly stipend for room and board, program related travel, health insurance, all costs for an annual student conference, and a pre-university writing program. The scholarship does NOT provide funding for dependent family members. For more information and application information, please email llm@wcl.american.edu.

Outside Scholarships

The WCL Financial Aid Office posts additional aid sources on their website. Please be aware that some aid options are only available to the JD student population.

Financial Aid & Other Information for International Students

In order to satisfy F-1 visa requirements, students must be registered for a minimum of 8 credit hours per semester. Other visa statuses may have other requirements. Students who plan to take more than 8 credit hours per semester can adjust their tuition rate accordingly.

  • FINANCIAL AID FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
    Because education in the United States is expensive, international students are encouraged to seek funding from sources in their home countries. For assistance in locating sponsoring organizations, contact the U.S. embassy, consulate, or information agency in your country. EducationUSA also provides an extensive listing of scholarships and grants directed towards international students.

    Students applying for F-1 or J-1 visas must show sufficient funds for educational and personal expenses for each year they plan to study in the U.S. before the university will issue the necessary immigration forms. F-1 or J- 1 visas holders are not eligible for employment in most cases. F-1 and J-1 students may work on campus as a Dean's Fellow for up to 20 hours per week. For complete information on regulations and exceptions, visit AU's Office of International Student & Scholar Services website.

  • IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL COSTS
    Students must be able to meet the following costs as applicable.

    1. Travel expenses between home country and United States during vacation periods
    2. Large purchases (such as computers, furniture, etc.)
    3. Medical expenses not covered by the University or personal health insurance (eye care, dental care, medical problems developed before arriving at the university).