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How much does it cost to attend?

Sticker Price
Costs for American University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$792
Room and Board $15,150
Other Expenses Budget$1,228

Annual Prices

The annual list price to attend American University on a full time basis for 2021/2022 is $70,512 for all students regardless of their residency. This fee is comprised of $52,542 for tuition, $15,150 room and board, $800 for books and supplies and $792 for other fees. Out of state tuition for American University is $52,542, the same as District Of Columbia residents.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend American University when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income American University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$21,108
$30,001 to $48,000$20,965
$48,001 to $75,000$27,374
$75,001 to $110,000$33,218

The average reported annual net price for American University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $37,319 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

66% of full-time undergrad American University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $29,117 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 40% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,937 and 7% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $27,241.

Finanical Aid American University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $29,117 66%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $29,819 53%
Pell Grants $4,834 15%
Other Federal Grants $2,000 1%
State and Local Grants $611 2%
Federal Student Loans $4,937 40%
Other Student Loans $27,241 7%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to American University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $125,788. The loan balance of $125,788 is a four year multiple of the $31,447 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $1,200 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $125,788
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $1,200.16
Total Interest Paid $18,230.75
Sum of All Loan Payments $144,018.75

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year All Residents
1 $70,512
2 $73,232
3 $76,057
4 $78,991

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at American University to be $282,048 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.9% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at American University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
All Residents $1,684 $5,052 $6,736

Estimated cost for a class at American University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at American University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

American University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131159 IPEDS survey data for American University.