The Tuition Achievement Scholarship is a one year award which is reevaluated annually (in June, after the exam results of the spring semester). Freshman students will be considered eligible for the Achievement Scholarship only when they have completed 24 credit hours of regular course work, excluding remedial English courses (i.e. ELI and English 111) during the fall and spring semesters of the previous academic year. Transfer credits are not counted in the 24 credit hours. Students beyond their freshman year have to maintain a full time status during the year in order to be eligible for the Tuition Achievement Scholarships.
2. Presidential Scholarships:
Presidential scholarships are awarded to the seven highest ranking sophomore, junior, and senior Egyptian and non-Egyptian students. The scholarships are named after seven former AUC presidents and cover the students' tuition for one academic year and up to 15 credit hours per semester. If a student registers for more than 15 credit hours per semester, he/she will pay the cost of the extra credit hours. The student will also pay for all other fees.
The seven awards are given to three sophomore (completed 30 to 59 credit hours), two juniors (completed 60 to 89 credit hours) and two seniors (completed more than 90 credit hours) based on the previous year's academic achievement. The three sophomore awards will go to the highest ranking male, highest ranking female and third highest ranking student (male or female). The two junior awards will go to the highest ranking science and the highest ranking non-science students. The two senior awards will go to the highest ranking science and the highest ranking non-science students.
3. Merit Scholarships:
Merit scholarships are awarded to the eight highest ranking sophomore, junior and senior Egyptian and non-Egyptian students. The scholarship covers the student's tuition for one academic year and up to 15 credit hours per semester. If a student registers for more than 15 credit hours per semester, he/she will pay the cost of the extra credit hours. The student will also pay for all other fees.
The eight awards are given to two sophomore (completed 30 to 59 credit hours), three juniors (completed 60 to 89 credit hours) and three seniors (completed more than 90 credit hours) based on the previous year's academic achievement. The sophomore's awards will go to the highest ranking students. For the six junior and senior students, the merit scholarship awards are distributed proportionally between science students (Science, engineering and computer science majors) and non-science students (all other majors) based on the enrollment figures of the previous year.
In all presidential and merit scholarships, the awards will be equally distributed between students in case of tie i.e. more students have got the same GPA.
4. Scholarships for Students from Government Secondary Schools:
AUC offers ten full-tuition scholarships per year to students from free government schools with good academic qualifications demonstrating serious financial need. Selected students will maintain their scholarship until graduation as long as they are making satisfactory progress towards their degrees. Nomination of students is made by the Ministry of Education and final selection is made by the university from among those who meet the admissions requirements.
5. Sports Achievement Scholarship
Sports achievement scholarship is awarded each year to a maximum of ten new students who participated in sports that are listed in the Egyptian Championship Tournament or by the Olympic committee, and achieved a high level of distinction in these sports.
The sports achievement scholarship is a one-year award and gives the student a tuition reduction equal to the difference between his/her tuition level and the next tuition level. Students who are admitted on the first level will get the difference as a reduction in their tuition fee.
(For more details about the sports achievement scholarship, please refer to the AUC application form).
6. Sports Merit Awards
Students who were not awarded the sports achievement scholarship at admission, but participated in the National Universities Championship may be granted a cash award according to the criteria which will be determined every year by the Dean of Students and the Sports Office according to the allocated funds and number of winners of gold, silver and bronze medals. Selected students must have a Grade Point Average of not less than 2.5 in the year of which the award is granted. The university financial aid committee will give the final approval on recommended candidates.
7. Cultural Achievement Awards:
The university annually provides a number of cultural achievement awards to students who have been enrolled for at least one academic year. The criteria and size of cultural achievement awards are determined every year by the Dean of Students' office and the Cultural Activities Office according to the allocated funds and the number of winners of first place in one of the national cultural contests organized by an official government recognized body, or students recommended by the trainers. Selected students must have a grade point average of not less than 2.5 in the year for which the award is granted. The university's Financial Aid Committee will give the final approval on recommended candidates.
Financial Aid and Student Work for Egyptian Students
The financial aid and student work program at the American University in Cairo is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of a grant or student work to Egyptian undergraduate students who need it to attend AUC. This financial aid or work covers only partial tuition at the university.
In addition to the tuition scholarships that most Egyptian students receive, approximately thirty-five percent of Egyptian undergraduate students have received additional financial assistance in recent years.
In order to be eligible for financial aid or student work, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- a. Financial need established through the financial aid form.
- b. Full-time undergraduate degree status.
- c. Accumulated grade-point average of not less than 2.0.
The University Financial Aid Committee will make awards and establish student assignments for the fall and spring semesters. A student applying at the beginning of the academic year may receive financial or work assistance for the full academic year. A student applying in the spring semester may receive financial or work assistance for one semester only.
Awards and Renewal
Financial aid grants or work assistance will be determined according to student or family financial resources, as appropriate, within university budget limitations. Financial need is defined as the difference between the costs of attending the American University in Cairo and the amount a student or family can contribute toward those costs. Aid may include both grants and part-time student work.
AUC will provide financial or work aid on application to continuing recipients who remain eligible and continue to demonstrate financial need. The amount and kind of aid a student receives will be reviewed each year so that any changes in fees and in family resources can be taken into account. Students are normally responsible for reporting changes in their family's financial resources. A student's award may increase, decrease, or remain the same from year to year, depending upon university costs, the family's current financial ability, and university budget. Normally, students on probation are not eligible.
Students who wish to apply for financial or work aid must submit the university's financial aid form with required supporting documents to the Office of Student Financial Affairs by the deadlines shown below: