Tuition and Fees
Starting the academic year 2003/2004, there has been two tuition rates: one for Egyptian students and non-Egyptian students who are permanently resident in Egypt (category A), and the other for non-Egyptian, non resident students (category B).
Category A students will pay the tuition fee in Egyptian pounds according to the tuition rates stated in the bulletin issued by the Office of Student Financial Affairs each academic year. Category B students will pay the tuition fee in US dollars according to the tuition rates stated in the same bulletin. For the year 2003/2004, the full tuition fees per semester was set at L.E. 29500 for category A students and $ 6200 per semester for category B students. In recent years, tuition has risen from five to ten percent annually. Such increases are likely to continue in future.
The highest-ranking undergraduate students are given tuition scholarships based on academic achievement providing them with reduced actual rates. Students may retain their achievement scholarship at the same level as long as they maintain their performance level. (Refer to achievement scholarship policy under "Undergraduate Scholarships" in this section of the catalog). Students beyond their freshman year have to maintain a full time status during the year in order to be eligible for continuing scholarship awards.
A few students may also be admitted with sports or cultural scholarship. Sports and cultural scholarships awarded at the time of admission are one-year scholarships. They may be renewed for subsequent years if the student represents the university in the official championships or contests organized by national government bodies.
Tuition charges cover 12-15 undergraduate credit hours per semester. Additional charges will be made for additional credits. No student with bills outstanding, including charges for breakage or library fines, will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.
When a student is unable to pay the entire amount due at the time of registration, the Director of Student Financial Affairs may approve payment in two installments as follows:
- 50% to be paid at the time of registration.
- The balance must be paid by November 25th for deferment of fees granted for the fall semester and April 5th for deferment of fees granted for the spring semester.
- The student will pay an administrative fee that will be set each year.
The deferred payment policy applies to continuing students only, and -normally- no deferred payments are made for the first semester of registrations. However, under certain conditions, the deferred payment may be approved on a case-by-case basis provided that the student pays -at least- 70% of the tuition at time of registration and pays the other 30% within three months from the date of paying the first installment.
Tuition Fee for Readmission
students who were disqualified and readmitted will be required to pay the full tuition fee prevailing at the time of readmission.
Readmission after one semester of withdrawal:
no change in tuition level, same as prior to withdrawal.
Readmission cases for students who withdrew for more than one semester:
students will pay according to the tuition level of their cumulative GPA at the time of readmission.
Given the need to know which new undergraduate students will attend AUC in order to admit alternate candidates by the beginning of classes, new undergraduate students are not entitled to refunds.
A full refund for continuing students is made only for courses dropped before the end of the late registration period. Students who drop a course after the deadline for late registration are not entitled to any refund for the course(s) dropped. However, students who withdraw from the university after the deadline will receive a partial refund, the amount depending on the number of weeks which have elapsed since the beginning of classes. Refunds are made according to the following schedule:
- First week of classes: full tuition refund
- Second week: eighty percent tuition refund
- Third week: sixty percent tuition refund
- Fourth week: forty percent tuition refund
- Fifth week: twenty percent tuition refund
- After the end of the fifth week no refunds will be made.
Summer-session students who withdraw one day after registration can be refunded the amount paid.* Summer session students who withdraw more than one day after registration will receive a partial refund according to the following schedule:
- By the end of the first week: seventy five percent of tuition and fees.*
- By the end of the second week: fifty percent of tuition and fees.*
- After the end of the second week no refunds will be made.
The refund schedule refers to tuition for credit courses, audited courses, and instruction in the ALI and English Language Institute. The student services and activities fee, the application fee, laboratory and studio course fees, and special charges are not refundable.
* $6 or the equivalent in Egyptian pounds per course will be deducted from the refund to cover university administrative costs.
Center for Adult & Continuing Education & Training Programs
For regular courses offered by the Center for Adult and Continuing Education, the Institute of Management Development, and Engineering Services, schedules of fees are included in separate announcements. Fees for other educational and training programs are based on separate contractual arrangements. Most programs have differential fees for Egyptian and non-Egyptian participants.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Although the American University in Cairo is a private university that depends upon tuition and contributions for its operation, it attempts to provide financial assistance to any student with a GPA of not less than 2.00 who demonstrates financial need. AUC offers, in addition to its high tuition scholarships for most students, a range of merit scholarships, financial aid, and student work programs to assist students in meeting the expenses of their education. For a listing of the available scholarships offered by outside organizations, please see the section on scholarships in the chapter entitled "The University". Scholarships and financial aid are not available for the summer or winter sessions.
For the year 2003/2004, the achievement scholarship will be given to the top 25% of new Egyptian and non-Egyptian students for a one year period. The achievement scholarship award is L.E. 10085 per semester (or L.E. 20170 per year) for category A students and $ 2000 per semester (or $ 4000 per year) for category B students. The achievement scholarship is also applied for summer course; it will be calculated proportionally according to the number of credit hours taken during summer session.
The achievement scholarship is a one-year award that is re-evaluated annually each June, after the spring semester's exam results. Students will retain their achievement scholarship as long as they maintain a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 and a full-time status (i.e. they should have completed 24 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters of the previous academic year). Students who take remedial English courses (i.e. ELI and/or English 100) during the fall and/or spring semesters of the previous academic year will retain their achievement scholarship at the same level. Transfer credits are not counted in the 24 credit hours.
If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 or s/he does not maintain a full-time status, s/he will lose the scholarship. Students who have lost their scholarship, but achieved a GPA of 3.75 or above in subsequent year(s) or students who joined the university with no achievement scholarship but subsequently achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above for a minimum of 30 credits hours of work at AUC, may be granted the achievement scholarship. In both cases, the student must maintain a full-time status during their course of study at AUC.
The above arrangements will be applied to new students admitted in the academic year 2003/2004. For those admitted in the academic years 2001/2002 and 2002/2003, they will continue on the previous achievement scholarship policy, but the privilege of upgrading the students on the second and the third levels to the first level if they achieved a GPA of 3.75 or more and maintained a full-time status will be extended. Students admitted before the academic year 2001/2002 will continue to be treated according to the achievement scholarship policy prevailing at their year of admission.
Scholarships for Students from Government Secondary Schools:
AUC offers fifteen 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.
Sports Achievement Scholarship
Sports achievement scholarship is awarded each year to a limited number of 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 gives the student a tuition reduction equal to 15% of the full tuition fee.
(For more details about the sports achievement scholarship, please refer to the AUC application form).
Sports Merit Awards
Students participate 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.
Cultural Achievement Scholarship:
Cultural achievement scholarship is awarded each year to a limited number of new students who participated in cultural activities organized by local official government bodies, and achieved a high level of distinction in these activities.
The cultural achievement scholarship gives the student a tuition reduction equal to 15% of full tuition fee.
Cultural merit 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.
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:
- Financial need established through the financial aid form.
- Full-time undergraduate degree status.
- 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: