May 07, 2021  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Graduate Student Finances


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Tuition and Fees
Financial Assistance

Tuition and Fees



The following are the graduate tuition rates for 3, 6, 9 and 12, credit hours per semester for the academic year 2016 - 2017:

Category of Students

 Number Of Credits

Egyptian Students

International Students

All Majors

MBA/LLM (only)



USD Portion

EGP Portion

USD Portion

EGP Portion

New students admitted in academic year 2016/2017 and current students admitted in academic year 2015/2016

























Current students admitted in academic year 2014/2015

























Current students admitted before academic year 2014/2015

























Additional charges are added for additional credits.

For Egyptian Students:

Tuition at AUC is expressed 50 percent in Egyptian pounds and 50 percent in U.S. dollars. The total amount of the tuition may be paid in either currency or in both. Tuition rates are subject to an annual increase. The U.S. dollar portion may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to the Central Bank of Egypt’s prevailing rate at the day of payment.

For international students:

Tuition MUST be paid in U.S dollars.

Tuition and fees are collected by semester. No student, with outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, be given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Financial Aid Programs



AUC offers a range of fellowships, institutional financial aid, and student work programs to assist students in meeting the expense of their education.

Institutional Financial Aid

The  institutional financial aid program at the American University in Cairo is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of a grant to degree seeking graduate students with demonstrated financial need. These awards cover partial tuition fees.The Financial Aid Office at the American University in Cairo assists U.S. citizen and dual citizen graduate students by awarding US federal financial aid.


To be eligible for institutional financial aid awards, you must meet certain eligibility criteria.

New students must:

be a degree-seeking candidate

have been admitted to a graduate degree program

demonstrate financial need

Current students must:

be a degree-seeking student (removed full time)

maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0

demonstrate financial need

How to Apply

Complete the financial aid undergraduate application on Banner Self-Service and upload all the required documents. It is very important to read instructions carefully before filling out the application. Applications that have missing information or missing documents will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated.

Financial Aid Tips

Read the financial aid tips on the application to help you complete the online financial aid application successfully. Please note that incomplete applications that have missing or inaccurate information will not be processed.

Selection and Awards

In awarding financial aid, we take into consideration your individual circumstances, the demand for aid from all students and University resources.  The financial aid application and supporting documents are reviewed and verified.  Students may be asked for an interview and/or to submit additional documents. 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 Duration and Renewal

Institutional financial aid awards are for one academic year. Students must reapply for institutional financial aid every academic year if they continue to demonstrate financial need. They are 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 on the family’s current financial ability, and university budget. Students on probation are not eligible to receive their financial aid awards.

No financial aid is awarded for winter or summer sessions

Graduate students who are on fellowship will not be awarded institutional financial aid.

PHD and EMBA students are not eligible to apply for institutional financial aid.

U.S Federal Financial Aid

Financial Aid for U.S.  citizens, dual citizens and non-citizens eligible for federal aid

The Financial Aid Office at the American University in Cairo (AUC)  assists U.S. citizen and dual citizen graduate students by awarding US federal financial aid to help pay for their post-secondary education. U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens attending AUC may be eligible for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to assist them financially in their education.  Because AUC is a foreign institution, other US federal financial aid that is awarded on campuses located in the United States, such as Federal Pell Grant, Work Study and Perkins Loans are not available at AUC. 

AUC can certify Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS loans for students enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

  • ·  Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • ·  Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

Direct Loan Funds come directly from the Federal Government must be repaid, with interest. Student loans cannot be cancelled once disbursed and are legal obligations. The maximum Direct Loan amount you can borrow each academic year depends on your academic level in school and whether you are a dependent or independent student. Unsubsidized Direct Loans do not require a student to have financial need. The borrower is responsible for paying all interest on unsubsidized Direct Loans.

Students can apply for federal financial aid at AUC by completing two steps: Step 1) completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA (available at, using AUC School Code G05034, as soon after January 1 as possible.  Step 2) completing the Virtual Financial Aid Office application found at

  • Private Loans for US citizens

AUC also offers private  loans through Sallie Mae. The Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan and Parent Loan is a private, credit-based, school-certified loan for undergraduate and graduate student borrowers enrolled at least half time in an eligible degree program.  Qualified students may be eligible to borrow up to the cost of attendance, less other aid received, as certified by AUC. We do not award or process these loans through AUC, so you will need to deal with Sallie Mae directly at

Institutional Financial Aid Calendar


Please refer to the website

Deferred Payment

When degree seeking student (Graduate) is unable to pay the entire tuition amount at the time of registration, the Office of Student Financial Affairs and Scholarships may approve payment in two or three installments.

No deferred payment in the winter semester.

Deferred payment installments:

For New Students:

New students should apply at the Student Service Center.

Seventy percent of the tuition must be paid at the time of registration.
The balance must be paid by November 20th  for the Fall semester,  April 6th  for the Spring semester, and July 16th for the Summer semester.

For Current Students:

Current students should submit online deferred payment request through Banner Self Service. (Add the link )

Payment may be requested in two or three installments.

How to apply for Deferred Payment?

Students can submit online deferred payment request as follows:

  1. Visit your Banner Self Service Account by clicking here.
  2. Login with your AUC email username and password.
  3. Click on Student Student Account Apply for Deferred Payment.
  4. Choose Financial year 2016-2017 then press “Continue” button.
  5. Choose Deferred Payment Application- Fall 2016 then press “Continue” button.
  6. Check for Application submission deadline (September 17th ,2016) then press “Continue” button.  
  7. Press on “Click to apply for deferred payment” Deferred payment – Fall Check Apply for this award checkbox  Press Save and continue.
  8. Check for options available (either 2 or 3 installments for fall).
  9. Check “Mark this section complete” checkbox then press “Continue” button.
  10. Read the deferred payment agreement carefully. If you agreed on it check “Mark this section complete” checkbox then press “Continue” button.
  11. Press “Submit” button.
  12. PDF form of the submitted application is available by pressing “Generate PDF Application”. 
  • Deferred payment will be assigned automatically on your account within one business day after submitting the deferred payment application.
  • The balance must be paid by November 20th  for the fall semester, April 6th  for the spring semester and July 16th  for the summer semester.
  • No deferred payment in the winter semester
  • Summer tuition can only be paid on two installments.

Fall 2016 Semester:

Fall 2016
  Installments Deadline of Submission of the Deferred payment application form online Deadline of payment
      without pay charge with late charge
on two installments 1st September 17, 2016 September 18,2016 September 27,2016
  2nd   November 20,2016  
on three installments 1st September 17, 2016 September 18,2016 September 27,2016
  2nd   October 20, 2016  
  3rd   November 20,2016  

Spring 2017 Semester:

Spring 2017
  Installments Deadline of Submission of the Deferred payment application form online Deadline of payment
      without pay charge with late charge
on two installments 1st February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 16, 2017
  2nd   April 6, 2017  
on three installments 1st February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 16, 2017
  2nd   March 7, 2017  
  3rd   April 6, 2017  

Summer 2017 Semester:

Summer tuition can only be paid on two installments.

Summer 2017
  Installments Deadline of Submission of the Deferred payment application form online Deadline of payment
      without pay charge with late charge
on two installments 1st June 7, 2017 June 8, 2017 June 12, 2017
  2nd   July 16, 2017  

It is highly recommended to finalize the course load & scholarships, and financial aid before applying for deferred payment application.

No deferred Payment requests would be accepted under any circumstances after the deadline of submitting the deferred payment requests. After that date, current students who fail to submit the online application will have to pay the full tuition and fees.

Deferred Payment Calculation and Eligibility:

  • Degree seeking student only are eligible for deferred payment (Non-degree students are not eligible).
  • Housing fees or any other types of fines will be added to the first installment.
  • Installment plan is eligible for current term tuition and fees ONLY.
  • Balance carried forward will affect your first installment.
  • In case a student has credit balance, he/she must pass by the Students Accounts Office and ask for transferring it to subsequent semester.
  • Minimum number of credit hours for undergraduate students is 12 credit hours and 3 credit hours for graduates.


Refund Policy for New Students:

A full refund for graduate students is made only for course(s) 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:

Number of Weeks
Amount Charged
Before the beginning of classes LE 5,000
End of the first week of classes 20 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
End of the second week of classes 40 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
End of the third week of classes 60 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
End of the fourth week of classes 80 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
After the end of the fourth week of classes No refund

Note: The refund schedule applies to tuition for credit courses, audited courses and instruction in the Department of Arabic Language Instruction and English Language Instruction. All fees are non-refundable.

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
Refund Policy for Continuing Students:

Please refer to the registrar’s website.

Transfer of Funds to Subsequent Semesters:

Transfer of funds are made according to the following schedule:

Number of Weeks
End of the first week of classes 100 percent of full tuition will be transferred
End of the second week of classes 20 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
End of the third week of classes 40 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
End of the fourth week of classes 60 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
End of the fifth week of classes 80 percent of full tuition will be forfeited
After the end of the fifth week No transfer will be made

WORK STUDY PROGRAM ( To be reviewed by the CAPS Office)

The Office of Student Financial Affairs and Scholarships, in collaboration with Career Services, provides students with the opportunity to gain on-campus work experience and develop skills while earning some money through the Work-Study program.

The Work-Study program gives students the opportunity to work in various departments on campus during the academic year and contribute to projects and programs within AUC’s academic and administrative departments.

It allows students to contribute toward their education expenses, make use of their free time, gain experience, develop transferable skills, boost their resumes and earn extra money.

The type of work a student is required to accomplish may differ from one department to another according to the duties performed by each department.

Students participating in the program should be willing to dedicate 8 to 10 working hours per week with a maximum of 120 hours during the regular semester, 60 hours during the summer session and 30 hours during the winter session.

The student is compensated at the end of each semester.

Work-Study Program


  • Undergraduate, enrolled, full-time students with a grade point average of not less than 2.0
  • All enrolled graduate students
  • Both Egyptian and non-Egyptian students


  • Undergraduate students are paid an hourly rate of LE 30.
  • Graduate students are proportionally compensated at the rate of 15% (maximum) deduction in tuition fees for one academic course per 40 working hours, two academic courses per 80 working hours, or three academic courses per 120 working hours.
  • Compensation will be either credited to the student’s account or given to him/her in cash upon request.

Student Section

  • Undergraduate students should submit the form to Mostafa Takroury at the Office of Student Financial Affairs and Scholarships (OSFAS), room 2012, Dr. Hamza Alkholi Information Center, before the deadline.
  • Graduate students should secure the signature of the dean of graduate studies on the form and submit it to Mostafa Takroury at OSFAS before the deadline.

N.B. If the form is not submitted to OSFAS, students will not be reimbursed at the end of the work-study duration. Upon completion of the program, complete the Work-Study Evaluation Form on CareerWeb.

Ensure that your supervisor completes the department work-study evaluation form before the deadline below:

  • Fall Semester: December 13
  • Winter Session: January 23
  • Spring Semester: May 19
  • Summer Semester: July 18

Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships

The University offers graduate students a wide range of fellowships and assistantships in order to help students finance their education. For details about such awards, please refer to:

Once a graduate application is completed and submitted and an AUC Student Identification number is received, fellowships applications are submitted online:

We have access and use all the documents that you have submitted with your graduate application in the process of consideration to fellowships.

For any queries you might have, please contact the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at


At the beginning of every semester and through their respective departments, a number of graduate assistantships are available upon request to applicants who have special qualifications. Assistants receive monthly stipends - but no waiver of tuition and fees and assist in teaching, class or laboratory supervision, and/or research.

Post-Masters Assistantships

The university offers a limited number of post-masters assistantships to candidates who are interested in acquiring advanced professional guidance in improving their academic experience. To be considered for the assistantship, a candidate must have an M.A. or M.S. degree and should be preparing for a Ph.D degree or receiving academic training. The post-masters assistantship is for one year, renewable once. Fellows receive a monthly stipend and assist faculty members in teaching and/or research activities. Upon request to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, fellows who are non-residents of Egypt will have guidance in obtaining student or temporary residence visas and medical service coverage but no health insurance.

Other Awards

Center for Arabic Study Abroad

Fellowships are offered to American graduate students for participation in the intensive Arabic language program taught by AUC under the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) established by a consortium of U.S. universities, including AUC, and funded annually since 1967 by the U.S. Department of Education. Both summer and twelve-month programs are conducted. Students pay a program fee to help cover administrative costs and receive a fellowship covering tuition, maintenance, and travel from and to the United States.

Competence in modern standard Arabic equivalent to at least two years of study on the college level is a prerequisite.

For information and applications contact:

Director : Nevenka Korica Sullivan

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Harvard University


38 Kirkland St.

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Outside Assistance

Other than the opportunities described above, international students in the past have obtained outside support for work at AUC from the following sources:

Rotary Foundation International Scholarships for one year of graduate, or language study. Contact: student’s Rotary Club or Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 1 Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IIIinois 60201 (

Fulbright grants for one year of graduate study are available to U.S. citizens. Contact: student’s campus Fullbright Program adviser or Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017. (

Federal Stafford Student Loans can be used by U.S. citizens or permanent residents for graduate 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. (Iwona Klos e-mail:

Veterans Administration educational benefits are applicable to graduate 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 (

Canadian students may inquire about AUCC-Foreign Government Awards for graduate study in Egypt at: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, 350 Albert Street, Suite 600, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1, Canada. (