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I'm a prospective freshman student. How do I apply for financial aid?

In order to receive need-based aid, candidates must meet federal aid eligibility requirements and Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE.

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is a comprehensive application that is personalized for you based on information you provide when you register for the application. American University (AU) will use the information collected on the CSS Profile to assist us in awarding institutional grant funding. Complete the CSS Profile online through the College Board. AU's CSS Profile code number is 5007.

Please note: for students with biological, or adoptive parents who are divorced, separated, never married, or living separately, each parent will be required to submit a CSS Profile Application. While completing your own application, you may provide the email address of your non-custodial parent. The College Board will then notify your parent of this requirement.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The information on the FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal and state need based aid. To expedite the processing of your application, complete your FAFSA online. Be sure to list the American University FAFSA code, 001434, in the college release section (paper FAFSA forms are available through your high school).

Required Applications

For AU need-based aid consideration, both the CSS Profile and FAFSA must be received by the priority deadline of January 15. Do not wait to be admitted before filing your PROFILE and FAFSA. Late CSS Profile applications will be considered for institutional aid only while funding is available.

Tips for Filing Your Aid Applications

  1. It is important that information on the CSS Profile and FAFSA be as accurate as possible. Your financial aid award will be based on the information provided on both applications. You may wish to complete the CSS Profile first and use the College Board's pre-populated FAFSA Worksheet to assist you in completing the FAFSA. You will have the option to print the College Board FAFSA Worksheet upon completion of the CSS Profile. Most of the information you entered on your CSS Profile will appear on the worksheet and will be formatted to facilitate the filing of your FAFSA.
  2. File your CSS Profile and FAFSA using your full legal name as it appears on your Social Security Card. Nicknames, or any name other than your full legal name are not permitted.
  3. Sign your FAFSA electronically. Both you and a parent (dependent students only) may obtain unique Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) through the Department of Education. Signing the FAFSA using a PIN will expedite the processing of your application.

Awarding Timeline

Students who complete their application on time will receive a financial aid award letter in their admissions packet in late March.

Early Decision Applicants

Both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA are available starting October 1 and must be received by November 15 for Early Decision I and January 15 for Early Decision II. Do not wait to be admitted before filing your PROFILE. Late applications will be considered for aid only while funding is available.

Students who complete their application on time and are eligible for need-based aid will receive a financial aid notification letter in their admissions packet.

Undocumented Students

Scholarship funds are available for qualified students and are offered on the basis of academic merit. These awards range in value from $6,000 to $20,000 and no separate application is required.

Additional scholarship funds are offered to students who qualify for admission to the AU Honors Program and the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program (full tuition, room, and board). Separate applications are required for these programs.

For outside financial resources for undocumented students, please visit the following resources: