American University thanks you and your family for your service to our country. To extend our appreciation, we offer fee waivers to the following groups: veterans and their dependents, active duty military and their dependents, and retired military and their dependents.
How to Apply
1. If you have not previously applied for your VA education benefits, please do the following:
VA website to select the program that best suits your needs.
Complete the Veterans Online Application
Note: The VA application process can be done concurrently with the AU application.
Send us your transcripts. Official transcript(s) or mark sheets enclosed in a sealed envelope from all colleges or universities attended should be sent to AU. Make sure that your full legal name and Social Security number (or date of birth) are on the transcripts.
To apply without submitting the application fee, please follow the applicable instructions for your application platform:
Within the Member Questions on the Common Application, under the General Section, you will be asked "Do you intend to use one of these school-specific fee waivers?"
Please select the following: "Yes – I qualify for a pre-approved AU waiver.
On the Member Page, locate the question that asks about pre-approved fee waivers.
Click that section to indicate that you have a pre-approved fee waiver from American University.
Send your application materials. Send all supporting documents to the following address: American University, Undergraduate Admissions, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016-8001.
Letters of recommendation for transfer students are strongly recommended but not required. Recommendations should appear on official letterhead and include your full name and Social Security number (or date of birth) and be sent directly to American University.
Interruption of study. If you have been out of school for a semester or longer, excluding summers and school-designated breaks, you must provide us with a statement describing your activities during the period(s) you were out of school. You may submit a resume instead of a statement if the resume explains the interruption.
Transfer Students with Less Than 24 Semester Hours
High school transcript. Have your high school send AU an official copy of your final high school transcript.
Minimum Admissions Requirements
Students who we wish to be considered for transfer admission must be in good academic standing and social standing at all previously attended schools.
Competitive transfer applicants have a GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 at their current institution. The following AU academic units have specific
minimum GPA requirements:
Kogod School of Business: 2.75
School of Communication:2.50
School of Education: 2.70
School of International Service: 3.00
School of Public Affairs: 2.50
If English is not your first language (regardless of citizenship), please send proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, or SAT or ACT with writing of IELTS).
When Will I Hear?
Your application will be reviewed only after your file is complete. You will be notified in writing of missing documents, but you should also check your application status through the
Prospective Student Portal. You will be notified of your admission decision on a rolling basis approximately four to six weeks after all admissions materials have been received. Notification of any Phi Theta Kappa or other scholarship and/or financial aid award will be sent at a later date.