Financial Information

2014-2015 LL.M. Financial Information

LL.M. Tuition & Fees

Cost of Attendance: 2014 - 2015

Expenses Full-time Enrollment 
(12 or more credits)
Part-time Enrollment
(below 12 credits)
Tuition (fall and spring) $48,662 $1,802/credit
Required Fees
Fees - General/SBA 510 372
Sports Center 130 60
Technology 240 80
Other Costs (may vary by student)
Total $49,542  
** A one-time allowance for computer equipment may be added under specified conditions.


This tuition table is based on a student who completes the 24 credit hours LL.M. program in three semesters or one calendar year, taking an average of eight credit hours per semester (fall, spring, summer).

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

Payment of Fees

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. Students participating in General Registration, including all entering students, must pay the balance to the Office of Student Accounts. Registration is not complete until the student pays his or her bill.

Registered students whose total charge after deducting all forms of tuition assistance is more than $1,900.00 may elect to use the university's deferred-payment plan. Under this plan, the student pays one-half of the amount owed by the initial due date and the balance approximately seven weeks later.

Late Payments and Financial Stops

Students who fail to meet the payment due date will be assessed a late registration fee. Failure to make payment when due may result in a financial stop being placed on the student's academic record, including transcript and diploma, and may result in denial of advance registration and use of the deferred-payment plan or other credit privileges.

Financial stops may be removed following assessment and payment of a reinstatement fee. A student who has a financial stop placed against his or her account may be denied future advance registration and deferred-payment plan privileges even though the student has been reinstated on payment of the reinstatement fee. Repeated failure to make payments when due may result in severance of the student's relationship with the university.

Tuition Cancellation

The appropriate form, available in the Office of the Registrar, must be completed to withdraw officially or to reduce course load. The amount of tuition to be cancelled will be calculated as of the date on which the withdrawal forms are received at the Office of the Registrar and in accordance with the following tuition cancellation schedule.

Withdrawal during or before the first week of the semester
Withdrawal during the second week of the semester
Withdrawal during the third week of the semester
Withdrawal during the fourth week of the semester
Withdrawal after the fourth week of the semester
100% refund minus fee
75% refund
50% refund
25% refund
0% refund

Living Expenses

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

Expenses Cost
Fees-General SBA $510
Sports Center $130
Technology $240
Housing $15,477
Board/Food $4,344
Books/Supplies $1,363
Transportation $4,792
Miscellaneous* $2,200

*Includes Health Insurance fee of $1,675 assessed fall term only. The health insurance charge can be waived if candidate can provide proof of coverage.

Health Insurance and Disabled Student Expenses

Health Insurance:
All full-time degree, resident, and international students on a J-1 or F-1 visa are automatically enrolled in the university's accident and sickness plan, and billed through student accounts. This plan may be waived only by showing proof of adequate alternate insurance. The school-sponsored insurance is effective from August to August.

Disabled Student Expenses:
Students with disabilities must anticipate the following annual expenses:

  • Personal Attendant Care (for students who need assistance in activities of daily living) Hourly rates range from $13- $20 per hour.
  • Special Services for study outside the classroom (i.e.: sign language interpreters for the deaf. etc.) Hourly rates range from $25-$45 per hour.

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). Do not wait until you are admitted to apply for financial aid. If you meet other eligibility requirements, you may borrow up to $20,500 per year in a combination of Subsidized and Unsubsidized Ford Federal Direct Loans. Other private loan programs are also available. 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 co-signer who is a U.S. citizen may be able to receive education loans from private lenders. For information and applications, contact the WCL Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid & Other Information for International Students

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. For complete information on regulations and exceptions, visit AU's Office of International Student & Scholar Services website, or contact them at:

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8041

Financial Documents for F-1 (Student) Visa
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 must be presented. Sponsors in the Washington, DC area who provide free room and board should use the corresponding figures above in determining their financial contributions to the student. In order to obtain a Form I-20 from American University, the university must first accept students. Students are encouraged to submit their CFIS and financial documents with their application to the LL.M. program. Failure to return the CFIS with the application will result in a delay in the issuance of the I-20.

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