Financing Your Degree
International Relations Online students are charged tuition on a per credit hour basis. For all International Relations Online students, tuition is $1,817 per credit hour for the fall 2016, spring 2017, and summer 2017 terms.
The number of credits varies by program:
- The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program is 36–39 credit hours depending on a student's prior economics course work.
- The executive Master of International Service (MIS) program is 30 credit hours and may be waived down to 24 credits depending on a student's relevant professional work experience.
- The Social Enterprise Master’s program consists of 39 or 42 credits, depending on the student’s prior economics background.
Please note, tuition rate is subject to change each academic year and tuition changes are applicable to all enrolled students. Immersion experiences will have an associated program fee.
We encourage students to consider all avenues to manage the cost of their academic program, including personal resources.
There may be a number of resources available, including tuition assistance from your employer, scholarships funded by professional organizations, and loan forgiveness programs based on service that you can consider when evaluating how to pay for International Relations Online.
U.S. Federal Financial Aid
American University’s Office of Financial Aid accepts financial aid applications from graduate students throughout the academic year. However, if you are a prospective student, to ensure that you receive information about your eligibility for financial aid in a timely manner, you should apply for aid at the same time that you apply to International Relations Online. Students must reapply for financial aid each year they intend to remain enrolled at American University.
We encourage you to apply for financial aid in conjunction with your admissions application. To be considered, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Be sure to list American University’s FAFSA code 001434 in the college release section of the form.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full time in public service jobs in local, state, federal, or non-profit (501C3) organizations. Loan forgiveness is available after a borrower has made 120 on-time payments on federal student loans. Students can consolidate all federal loans (undergraduate and graduate Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS loans) and potentially extend their loan repayments beyond the standard 10 years to take advantage of this opportunity. More information on PSLF is available at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/public-service.
Aid for International Students
Eligibility for federal and university need-based aid is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens who are currently living within the United States for purposes other than studying.
You may wish to research additional sources of financial assistance. Useful resources include:
- The EducationUSA Advising Center in your home country (http://www.educationusa.info/centers.php)
- International Student Loans (http://www.internationalstudentloan.com/)
Please note that International Students in online degree programs are not eligible to participate in the U.S. Student Visa process.
The School of International Service at American University partners with the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) to bring NPCA members — who are also Returned Peace Corps Volunteers — the opportunity to receive up to $17,500 when they enroll in International Relations Online. For more information about this scholarship opportunity, please contact an Admissions Counselor.
The Office of Graduate Studies at American University is accepting applications for The United Methodist Graduate Scholarship for full-time* online graduate students. Annual scholarship amounts are as much as $7,000 per recipient and awards are given on an academic year basis. Applications are accepted until March 18, 2016 at 5:00PM. Apply now or learn more information by visiting The Office of Graduate Studies online or contacting an Admissions Counselor.
Tuition Payment Plan
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. Learn more about APP here.
*A student is considered full-time with a course load of at least 18 credit hours per year including Summer semester.