Cost of college went up for all students at American University


Tuition and fees rose 4 percent for 2018-19 at American University, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.

District of Columbia students paid $48,459 to attend the four-year private not-for-profit institution this year – $1,844 more than the $46,615 charged for 2017-18.

Data shows 76 percent of full-time undergraduates who started school in 2015-16 received student financial aid in some form. In all, 1,138 students received grants or scholarships totaling $35.3 million and 1,003 students took out student loans totaling more than $7.8 million.

Including all undergraduates (14,311), 4,584 students used grants or scholarships totaling $122.1 million, and 3,624 students took out $23 million in federal student loans.

The cost of attending
Enrollment
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change in tuition and fees 2015-16 to 2018-19
In-state
~143
$43,103
$44,853
$46,615
$48,459
12.4%

Undergraduate financial aid
The following data includes only full-time students who began an undergraduate program at American University in 2015-16.
Type of Aid
Number of students receiving aid
Percent receiving aid
Total amount of aid received
Average amount of aid per student
Federal grants
344
19%
$1,589,896
$4,622
State / local grant or scholarship
44
2%
$22,147
$503
Institutional grants or scholarships
1,117
63%
$33,726,524
$30,194
Grant or scholarship aid total
1,138
64%
$35,338,567
$31,053
Federal student loans
990
56%
$5,259,164
$5,312
Other student loans
123
7%
$2,564,953
$20,853
Student loan aid
1,003
56%
$7,824,117
$7,801
Total student aid
1,344
76%
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