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The American Payment Plan is an alternative method to paying your bill in convenient monthly payments.

American Payment Plan Overview

American University offers the American Payment Plan (APP) to students in the fall and spring terms as an alternative to paying your bill in full at the start of each term.

The plan splits your Fall or Spring semester balance into convenient monthly payments, with no interest charged. By budgeting ahead for the upcoming term's charges, you may be able to reduce the amount of loans needed for the school year. Please note, there is no summer payment plan option.


Applications will be processed according to the enrollment period in which they are received. We reserve the right to assign a plan if an application is received outside the enrollment period for the plan indicated. No applications will be accepted after September 15th for Fall and February 15th for Spring.


A new application will be required for Spring or Fall should you wish to participate during the academic year.


E-mail notifications with detailed Payment Plan information will be sent to students shortly after enrollment period application deadline. Payment Plan information will become available for review and payments can be made online at this same time

How to Enroll:

Students must be registered and all current balances and prior term balances must be paid in full at the time of application. Students may view their accounts at any time at their student portal ( myAU.american.edu) by accessing Eagle Service. Please use this information for your application.

There is a $30 non-refundable application fee due each semester. You must re-apply each semester.

Payments can be made in the Student Portal through Eagle Service by: eChecks (U.S. checking or savings account) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

Checks must be mailed to the following address:

American University-Student Accounts
Attn: American Payment Plan (APP)
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8073.

Applications will be processed according to the enrollment period in which they are received. We reserve the right to assign a plan if an application is received outside the enrollment period for the plan indicated.

American University reserves the right to calculate installments based on account balances at the time of enrollment. It is the participant's responsibility to monitor their accounts and installment amounts. Insufficient installment payments are subject to a $40 late fee. Students may review their payment plans 24 hours a day through Eagle Service.

All correspondence, including confirmations of enrollment and payment reminders, are sent to the student's AU email address and parent/proxy email address. Payment reminders are sent electronically two weeks before each payment due date.

Payments are due the 1st of each month. A $40 late fee is assessed for each late or insufficient payment.

Accounts missing two or more payments will be canceled from the plan and full payment becomes due immediately.

Any additional account balance remaining after the final payment due date becomes due immediately per university guidelines.

All delinquent balances (including balances due outside of a payment plan and balances due as a result of cancellation from the plan) are subject to a monthly 0.5% finance charge and financial restriction per university guidelines.

By submitting the application you are agreeing to the above Terms and Conditions.

  1. Students must be registered and have accounts in good standing (all summer and prior term balances must be paid in full) prior to applying for the current semester's payment plan. Students may view their statements and registration any time by logging into their myAU Student Portal and within the "Personalized Links", clicking "Eagle Service" and selecting "Student Finance".
  2. There is a $30 non-refundable setup fee due each semester. A new application is required for each semester in which you wish to participate in a payment plan.
  3. Upon enrollment, all APP correspondence (including confirmations of enrollment) is sent to the student's AU email address and parent/proxy email address. Payment reminders will be sent electronically two weeks before each payment due date.
  4. American University reserves the right to calculate installments based on account balances at the time of processing. Initial installment amounts will be listed in the confirmations of enrollment sent to student AU email addresses. Plan balance may change with the account activity. Please make sure to review your account regularly. Students should be forwarding any and all information necessary to those that need it.
  5. It is the participants' responsibility to monitor their accounts and installment amounts. Insufficient installment payments are subject to a $40 late fee. Students may review their payment plans 24 hours a day through Eagle Service.
  6. If you wish to make adjustments to your statement charges, please contact aupaymentplan@american.edu. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  1. Read the Payment Plan Overview and the Terms and Conditions.
  2. Complete the application form and click "submit". If you would like a copy for your records, you may print one prior to clicking "submit". PLEASE NOTE: Upon enrollment, all APP correspondence (including confirmations of enrollment) is sent to the student's AU email address and parent/proxy email. Payment reminders will be sent electronically two weeks before each payment due date.
  3. Apply at American Payment Plan Application

Making A Payment:

Online payments will be reflected immediately on your Eagle Service statement. They can be made by logging into Eagle Service, selecting Student Finance, and clicking on Make a Payment tab. You may also grant access to a parent or another third party person to make payments on your account. Payments may be made by the following methods:

  • Online eCheck payments can be made using a US bank account (checking or savings). There is no fee to pay by eCheck.
  • Online credit card payments can be made using Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Please note, a non-refundable credit card convenience fee of 2.55% will be charged to your credit card account when making credit card payments applied to your student account bill.

Payments by check, cashier's check or money order must be sent to:

American University
Student Accounts
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8073

  • When submitting payment by mail, please allow extra time for your payment to arrive by the 1st of the month.
  • Automatic monthly payment setup through your bank should be arranged before the 1st of the month, to ensure payment is received by the due date. Payments must be done through a US Bank with a US address to process.
  • The student 7-digit AU ID number and name must be listed on any mailed check to avoid processing delays.
  • Payments are due the 1st of each month. Accounts will be subject to a $40 late fee and financial restriction for each late payment or any payment that does not cover installment amount in full.
  • Accounts delinquent by two or more payments will be canceled from the plan and are subject to a monthly 0.5% finance charge and financial restriction per University guidelines.
  • Any balance remaining after your selected payment plan's final due date becomes immediately due per University guidelines. Please see the Student Payment and Disclosure Statement for more information regarding student tuition and fee balances.

Payment Plan Options For Fall:

Payment Due Dates by Plan Length
5-Months 4-Months 3-Months 2-Months
August 1st August 1st August 1st August 1st
September 1st September 1st September 1st September 1st
October 1st October 1st October 1st  
November 1st November 1st    
December 1st      
Payment Due Dates by Plan Length
4-Months 3-Months 2-Months
September 1st September 1st September 1st
October 1st October 1st October 1st
November 1st November 1st  
December 1st    
Payment Due Dates by Plan Length
3-Months 2-Months
October 1st October 1st
November 1st November 1st
December 1st  

Payment Plan Options For Spring:

Payment Due Dates by Plan Length
5-Months 4-Months 3-Months 2-Months
January 1st January 1st January 1st January 1st
February 1st February 1st February 1st February 1st
March 1st March 1st March 1st  
April 1st April 1st    
May 1st      
Payment Due Dates by Plan Length
4-Months 3-Months 2-Months
February 1st February 1st February 1st
March 1st March 1st March 1st
April 1st April 1st  
May 1st    
Payment Due Dates by Plan Length
3-Months 2-Months
March 1st March 1st
April 1st April 1st
May 1st