2015-2016 S.J.D. Financial Information

For a full explanation of S.J.D. Financial Information, please view the S.J.D. Program Cost Guide.

S.J.D. Tuition Costs

Year of Study

Number of Credits
(Per Semester)
Cost/Credit: $1,856
(2015 -2016 Cost)

Total Cost
First Year 9 Credits/Semester $33,408
Second Year 2 Credits/Semester $7,424
Third Year and beyond 1 Credit/Semester $3,712

Living Expenses

In addition to tuition costs, students will be responsible for additional living expenses. Please see the chart below for an estimate of other expenses you may incur during your time in the S.J.D. Program.

S.J.D. Estimated Living Expenses

Expenses Cost
Fees-General SBA $372
Sports Center $60
Technology $80
Housing @ $1,357 Per Month $12,213
Board/Food @ $362 per month $3,258
Books/Supplies $1,566
Transportation $2,592
Personal/Misc* $2,200

(tuition + expenses 1st year)


*Includes Health Insurance fee of $1,800 assessed fall term only. The health insurance charge can be waived if candidate can provide proof of coverage.

Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Please note that the S.J.D. Program does not currently have any scholarships or funding for candidates. For information on outside resources to consider, please contact the Program directly at sjd@wcl.american.edu.

All financial aid for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents will be processed through the WCL Financial Aid Office and is subject to the rules and regulations of that office. For information regarding financial aid applications and deadlines, contact the Office of Financial Aid. The payment of all tuition and fees for students is handled through the University's Office of Student Accounts and is subject to the rules and regulations of that office. For more information regarding payments and tuition cancellation, contact the Office of Student Accounts.

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 with the AU Federal Title IV Code: 001434. Do not wait until you are admitted to apply for financial aid. Your 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 to co-sign their loans may be able to receive education loans from private lenders. For information and applications, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Financial Aid & Other Information for International Students

In order to satisfy F-1 visa requirements, students must be registered for a minimum or eight credit hours per semester.  Enrollment in the S.J.D. Program automatically satisfies the eight credit requirement. Other visa statuses may have other requirements.

    The Program on Law and Government does not offer any financial support for S.J.D. students at this time. 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. Education USA 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. For complete information on regulations and exceptions, visit AU's Office of International Student & Scholar Services website.

    Students must be able to meet the following costs as they apply to their particular situation.

    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 health insurance (eye care, dental care, medical problems developed before arriving at the university.)
    4. Additional summer expenses (if any) including tuition and fees, room and board, and books
    5. Additional expenses such as travel during vacation periods and off-campus transportation
    6. Other personal expenses (such as entertainment, social outings, etc.)
    Married students who plan to bring their families should add at least $5,500 for their spouse and $4,000 for each child per year to their annual living expenses.

    If you intend to apply for an F-1 (student) visa, you will be required by a U.S. consular officer to present a Form I-20 and supporting financial documents to demonstrate your ability to meet financial obligations for the first year of your academic program. Financial documents, such as bank statements, scholarship letters and/or a U.S. Department of Justice form I-134 "Affidavit of Support" showing your total program cost as designated on your I-20 must be presented. In order to obtain a Form I-20 from American University, the university must first accept students. Students are requested to submit their CFIS and financial documents with their application to the S.J.D. program. Admitted students will be sent the I-20 with their admissions package. Failure to return the CFIS with the application will result in a delay in the issuance of the I-20.