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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the academic offerings are announced for each academic year in a bulletin from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. (AUC's tuition for 1999-2000 was $10,750 per academic year for 12-15 undergraduate credit hours per semester.) In recent years, tuition has risen from five to ten percent annually. Such increases are likely to continue in the future.

Non-Egyptian students pay full tuition except for a few who are admitted with fifteen percent scholarships on sports, cultural, or alumni priorities.

The highest-ranking Egyptian undergraduate students are given graded levels of tuition scholarships based on academic achievement that provide them with reduced actual rates. In 1999-2000 the actual tuition rate for new Egyptian students receiving such scholarships ranged from $5912 to $9138, depending on their secondary school academic record.

The level of tuition scholarship based on academic achievement awarded to the student upon admission may be adjusted from one year to another depending on the student's academic performance at the university (refer to tuition achievement scholarships 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 Egyptian students may also be admitted with sports, or cultural scholarships. 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 and fees are collected by semester and must be paid before registration. 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.

Tuition charges cover 12-15 undergraduate credit hours per semester. Additional charges will be made for additional credits.

Deferred Payment

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:

  1. 50% to be paid at the time of registration.
  2. The balance must be paid by November 30th for deferment of fees granted for the fall semester and April 5th for deferment of fees granted for the spring semester.
  3. The student will pay an administrative fee that will be set each year.

The deferred payment policy applies to continuing students only, not to new students, unless the student is receiving financial aid from their home university for study abroad and can provide documentation, or the student is applying for Stafford Loans through the New York Office.

Tuition Fee for Readmission

  1. 1. Disqualified cases:
    students who were disqualified and readmitted will be required to pay the full tuition fee prevailing at the time of readmission.
  2. 2. Readmission after one semester of withdrawal:
    no change in tuition level, same as prior to withdrawal.
  3. 3. 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.

Refund Policy

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 Egyptian 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 (pp. 25-29) in the chapter entitled "The University". Scholarships and financial aid are not available for the summer session.

Undergraduate Scholarships

1. Tuition Achievement Scholarships :
The Achievement Scholarship Program is an extensive system of financial grants which recognizes and rewards academic excellence among the students of The American University in Cairo. Available to both new and continuing Egyptian students, the Achievement Scholarship Program provides significant financial awards to be used against the cost of a full tuition at the University. Those who receive these prestigious awards also enjoy the added benefit of reduced tuition for credit hours which exceed the normal course load (12-15 hours). The grants are distributed in a tiered system according to the following schedule:

Academic Level
(approximate percentages)

Achievement Scholarship Award
(as a percent of tuition)

Top 25%


Next 25%


Next 25%


Last 25%




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:

  1. a. Financial need established through the financial aid form.
  2. b. Full-time undergraduate degree status.
  3. 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:


Period of Support


New Students

Academic Year

Sept. 15

Returning Students

Academic Year

May 15

New Students

Second Semester

Dec. 31

Returning Students

Second Semester

Dec. 15



Student Work Program

Part of the financial aid program is made available through work assignments for students on campus which assist them financially, provide them with educational experience, and help develop their skills. Details on the student work program including areas of work, compensation and application are announced through a separate bulletin published by the Office of Student Financial Affairs; assignments are also made and supervision exercised by that office.

Financial Assistance for Non-Egyptian Undergraduate Students

Non-Egyptian Financial Aid
The prime objective of the university's scholarships and financial aid program is to broaden access for Egyptian students, but the university offers a few financial aid awards for outstanding non-Egyptian undergraduate degree seeking students on the basis of distinguished academic record and individual financial need. Such financial aid awards cover partial tuition. Selection of scholars is made by the University Financial Aid Committee on a case-by-case basis in light of the non-Egyptian financial aid application form and supporting documents. Applications may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Affairs or from the New York Office.

Study Abroad Students from U.S. State Universities
A partial tuition waiver is available to students currently enrolled full-time in their first undergraduate degree program at a U.S. four-year state university. The waiver assumes that the out-of-state (non-resident) tuition rate is lower than AUC's tuition. The waiver equals the difference between the two tuition rates. AUC must receive an official letter from the state university bursar or other responsible officer confirming that college's out-of-state tuition rate for the same period the student will be attending AUC. The waiver of the tuition difference is applicable only to undergraduate study abroad for a maximum of two semesters. It does not apply to the summer session; to study in the Arabic Language Institute's intensive Arabic program; to part-time study; or to study towards an AUC degree. Students should contact AUC's New York Office for details (e-mail:

Other Awards for Non-Egyptians

AFS, EIL, and YFU Scholarships
The American University in Cairo offers two scholarships annually to alumni of each of the following programs: American Field Service; Experiment in International Living; and Youth for Understanding. Alumni of these programs must be non-Egyptian and seek their undergraduate degree from AUC. The award is a tuition credit equivalent to $1,000 per year and will be awarded based on the individual's academic merit and financial need. Students must file the Financial Aid Profile of the College Scholarship Service (Box 6376, Princeton, New Jersey 08541, U.S.A.) and AUC's financial aid form immediately after admission. The scholarship is renewable based on academic performance and financial need.

Outside Assistance for American Students
Other than the opportunities described above, American students may be able to obtain outside support for work at AUC from the following sources:

  1. Rotary Foundation International Scholarships for one year of undergraduate, or language study. Contact: student's local Rotary Club or Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 1 Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201. <>)
  2. Veterans Administration educational benefits are applicable to undergraduate degree study at AUC. U.S. veterans should contact their regional office of the Veterans Administration. Written approval of benefits from the Veterans Administration should be obtained prior to coming to Cairo. <>
  3. Federal Stafford Loans can be used by U.S. citizens or permanent residents for undergraduate degree study or to earn a certificate in Arabic language (at least one year of intensive study). Pell Grants are not applicable. Degree and certificate students must obtain instructions from the AUC New York Office (e-mail: Study abroad students may apply to their home university's financial aid office for campus-based aid and/or student loans to be used while they are enrolled at AUC.

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