Can You Afford American University?

Concerned about paying for college? Take a look at The American University’s financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and student loans, then calculate the net price based on your income level to determine if you can afford to attend this school.

2020 - 2021 Costs Between $31,776 and $69,366

Feeling a little stressed about paying $69,366 to attend American University each year? This number can be deceiving, and for many, the net price you pay will be less.

While there is no tuition reduction for District of Columbia students, 58.5% of freshmen receive some form of financial aid, with the average amount totaling $25,603. Students from low-income families receive an average of $37,590 in aid during their first year.

Cost (no aid)

Tuition and fees$51,361
+ Room and board$16,196
+ Other expenses$1,809
Total cost$69,366
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Net Price (with average aid)

Total cost$69,366
- Grants and scholarships$25,603
Net price$43,763
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Average Net Price for Low Income Undergraduates

Total cost$69,366
- Grants and scholarships$37,590
Net price$31,776
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Learn more about tuition and fees, room, board and other expenses, and financial aid options at The American University.

Projected Costs Between $103,838 and $421,962 For a Four Year Degree. Between $54,946 and $205,197 For a Two Year Degree.

Looking at the total projected cost of a college education over the course of two / four (or more) years can feel a little overwhelming. However, doing so will help better prepare you for the financial commitment you are making.

The overall cost for on-campus students to attend The American University in 2020 - 2021 was $69,366. To calculate future costs, we looked at the prior five years of data and determined that this cost increased an average of 2.8% each year. If this trend continues, we expect the full cost for incoming freshmen to be $73,276 during their first year. By their senior year, that cost will be approximately $79,559 for a bachelor degree candidate ($75,313 for an associate degree candidate) for a total of $305,556 over the course of four years ($148,590 over the course of two years). These numbers do not take into consideration financial aid, which reduces this overall cost by varying amounts per student.

Remember, the full costs quoted above are not what most students will pay, and the net price varies quite a bit based on individual circumstances.

Average Net Price at American University

Cost With Interest

The tables below outlines how the overall degree net cost can vary depending on your situation. This table also highlights the impact student loans can have on the overall cost of college.

Projected 2-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*1.0%2.8%
Freshman year$28,275$44,660$73,276
Senior year$26,672$45,116$75,313
Total 2-year net price$54,946$89,776$148,590
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$20,933$34,201$56,607
Total monthly payment$632$1,033$1,710
Total amount paid$75,879$123,978$205,197
Projected 4-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*1.0%2.8%
Freshman year$28,275$44,660$73,276
Senior year$23,733$46,041$79,559
Total 4-year net price$103,838$181,393$305,556
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$39,559$69,104$116,406
Total monthly payment$1,195$2,087$3,516
Total amount paid$143,397$250,497$421,962

Visit net price and financial aid to learn more about the total cost of attending American University.

Further Questions to Consider

  • Do you know your deadlines?

    Meeting application deadlines for both the college and the FAFSA is crucial to getting financial aid.

  • When can you expect to begin receiving bills from the college?
  • Is there an option to make payments in monthly installments?

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