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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 Student Financial Affairs (AUC's tuition for 2001/2002 was $11,500 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.

     Tuition and fees are stated in US dollars and are collected by semester. Egyptian students can pay in Egyptian pounds according to the prevailing exchange rate at time of billing. All non-Egyptian students will be required to pay their tuition and fees in US Dollars. Egyptian Students whose parents are working outside Egypt will also be required to pay in US $.

     The highest-ranking undergraduate students are given graded levels of tuition scholarships based on academic achievement provided 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 tuition 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.

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 25th 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, 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

  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. Readmission after one semester of withdrawal:
    no change in tuition level, same as prior to withdrawal.
  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 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. 22-27) in the chapter entitled "The University". Scholarships and financial aid are not available for the summer session.

Undergraduate Scholarships

    1. Achievement Scholarships :

    Achievement scholarships will be given to the top 50% of new Egyptian and non-Egyptian students for a one year-period. The distribution of the scholarship is based on the incoming students' levels of achievement in the Thanawiya Amma or equivalent exams as follows:

  • The top twenty-five percent of new students will receive a $4000.-annual Achievement Scholarship.
  • The second twenty-five percent of new students will receive a $1000.-annual Achievement Scholarship.
  • The bottom half of the entering class receive no Achievement Scholarship.

    Students will retain their Achievement Scholarship at the same level as long as they maintain a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0. The achievement scholarship is a one-year award that is reevaluated annually (in June, after the spring semester's exam results). Recipients are evaluated by their cumulative GPA at AUC. Freshmen students will be reevaluated for the achievement scholarship when they have completed 24 credit hours of regular coursework, excluding remedial English courses (i.e., ELI and English 100) during the fall and spring semesters of the previous academic year. Transfer credits are not counted in the 24 credit hours. Students beyond their freshmen year have to maintain a full time status during the year in order to be eligible for the Achievement Scholarship. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, s/he will lose the scholarship. The student may regain the scholarship in subsequent year(s), if s/he achieved a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students who joined AUC with no achievement scholarship will not receive this scholarship during their study at AUC.

The above arrangement will be applied for new students admitting in the academic years 2001/2002 and 2002/2003. Student admitted before the academic year 2001/2002 will be treated according to the old Achievement Scholarship policy  

    2. 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.

    3. 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 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).

    4. Sports Merit Awards

    Students who 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.

    5. 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.

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:



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.

    Gilman scholarships

    U.S. undergraduates can receive financial support for study abroad programs worldwide through the new Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program of the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is named after Congressman Ben Gilman (R-NY), the sponsor of legislation that sets aside $ 1.5 million to broaden and increase opportunities for study abroad by undergraduate students who face financial constraints. The Institute of International Education (IIE), a New York-based non-profit organization, will administer the program through its Southern Regional Office in Houston, Texas under a grant from the Bureau.

    Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2002, Gilman International Scholarships will provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.

    Application forms are available at the Gilman International Scholarship website, Additional information is available through IIE's Southern Regional Office by e-mail, at, or by calling (713) 621-6300 ext. 25.

    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.

2002-2003, The American University in Cairo