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Financing Your Education

At SOE, we know that the future leaders in education come from all academic, social and economic backgrounds. We understand that financing your education can be a challenge, which is why we offer financial support to eligible graduate students, both domestic and international, in the form of scholarships, partnership discounts and grants.

Undergraduate Scholarships

All admitted students, regardless of nationality, are considered for academic/merit scholarships for which they are eligible. In general, admitted students awarded scholarships have excellent academic credentials and exhibit exceptional leadership skills. Undergraduate scholarships are administered by the Office of Financial Aid. We strongly encourage merit award candidates to complete the forms required for need-based aid. Merit award recipients who have applied for need-based financial aid will be considered for any need-based aid for which they qualify beyond the amount of the merit award.

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate scholarships are awarded by the School of Education. The Office of Financial Aid does not administer these awards. The deadline for most scholarship applications is February 1. Please contact the graduate admissions office for more information on applications and deadlines.

Partnership Discount

Our partners offer tuition scholarships for members and are designed for students who want to make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of children and engage in transformative education policy and practice.


Graduate Merit Scholarships

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Merit based scholarships are available for all students who do not qualify for partnership discounts. Merit aid is determined upon admittance to the programDecisions are made based on the strength of the application and are typically released with the decision for admission. Students are encuraged to apply early to gaurantee merit. View Priority Deadlines

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SOE Scholarships

Fully funded scholarship for incoming freshman. The scholarship funds the student for four years at the university.

Scholarship awarded to a full or part time student enrolled in the Masters of Special Education program. Recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to students with special need as well as commitment to teaching grades K-12.

The recipient of this scholarship must be enrolled at the School of Education with a concentration in Special Education. The scholarship awardee must maintain a 3.5 GPA and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per year.

The endowed scholarship is in support of students in their junior and senior years. Also, students enrolled in graduate programs at the School of Education are eligible for this particular scholarship.

The scholarship awardee will receive funding that covers expenses beyond the cost of tuition. Awardees must be committed to becoming educators.

Additional Aid

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs awarded Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson a five-year grant to support the Early Literacy Intervention Leads Program (ELI Leads). This $1 million grant will provide full funding for eight doctoral candidates in the School of Education's EdD in Education Policy and Leadership. Visit the ELI Grant Page to learn more about the qualifiactions for this grant and how to apply! 

We offer a 29% tution discount to Payne and McNair Scholars. Applicants will select these options on their application and must list their service with Payne or McNair on their resume. 

Applicants interested in learning more about American University's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and other Veteran benefits should visit Veteran Student Services for more information.

Financial Aid

Graduate and non-degree students are charged tuition on a per credit basis. For the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic year, tuition is $1,812 per credit (a two-year master's program ranges from 30-36 credits). Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis

The Master in Teaching program tuition, for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic year is $1,200 per credit (the MAT degree ranges from 30- 36 credits). Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis. 

Tuition and Fees Details

If you would like a detailed cost breakdown for your program, please email 

The American University Financial Aid Office is prepared to answer any questions you might have regarding financial aid, and to share information on external scholarship and funding sources.

The staff will work with you to create the best possible financial aid package and payment plan. Your aid may include an AU scholarship or grant, federally funded grants, and/or low-interest federally funded loans. The process of applying for financial aid requires time and attention to detail.

Please review all of the information posted on the AU Financial Aid website to ensure that you thoroughly understand the various aid options and application process. Early filing of a complete and accurate financial aid application will help ensure that you receive the best possible combination of university and non-university financial aid available.

American University offers the American Payment Plan (APP) to students 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.

International students do not need to submit additional materials in order to be considered for merit-based aid. Students are required to demonstrate the ability to cover the cost of attendance prior to enrollment.

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To discuss eligibility and opportunities to finance your AU education, please contact: