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2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Undergraduate Student Finances

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Tuition and Fees



There are two tuition rates: one for Egyptian students and non-Egyptian students who are permanently resident in Egypt and the other for non-Egyptian, nonresident students. For the year 2013/2014 the tuition fees per semester for 12 credits was set at:

Egyptian rate: LE 58,500.

International rate: $ 12,348.

Additional charges are added for additional credits.

For more information, please refer to AUC website at:


The American University in Cairo offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid programs that give tuition reductions to AUC students.

The achievement scholarship offers tuition reduction up to thirty percentage of the tuition fee to the highest-ranking undergraduate students. Few students are also awarded sports and cultural scholarships that reduce their tuition by fifteen percent. In addition the university offers financial aid programs to students who need financial support to attend AUC (Refer to “Scholarships and financial aid” in this section of the catalog).

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 scholarships in the office of Student Financial Affairs and Scholarships may approve payment in two installments as mentioned below. Students applying for deferred payment should pick up the forms from the Student Service Center. Forms should be submitted to Student Service Center when filled out.

For continuing students:

  • 50 percent of the tuition must be paid at the time of registration.
  • The balance must be paid by November 20 for the fall semester, April 7 for the spring semester, and July 15 for the summer semester. 
  • Tuition may be paid in three installments at the request of the student.

For new students:

  •  70 percent of the tuition must be paid at the time of registration.
  • The balance must be paid by November 20 for the fall semester and April 7 for the spring semester.

For PhD students:

  • Tuition may be paid in three installments at the request of the student. 

Tuition Fee for Readmission (Admissions)

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

Refund Policy for New Students:

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 who submit requests to withdraw from the University will be refunded 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 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.

 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 of classes No transfer will be made


School of Continuing Education

For regular courses offered by the School of Continuing Education, the Management Center, and Engineering and Science 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.



 AUC offers scholarships based on merit and need. Generally, scholarships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. The types of scholarships are:

Academic Achievement Scholarship

Awarded to the top 25 percent of new Egyptian and non-Egyptian students for a one-year period. Selection is based upon secondary school academic performance or equivalent exams. For returning students, selection is based on their academic records. For more information, please refer to AUC website

at: http://www.aucegypt.edu/students/finaff/scholarships/Pages/default.aspx

Innovation, Cultural and Leadership Scholarship

The Innovation, Cultural and Leadership 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.

Cultural Merit Scholarship

Students who represent the University in cultural activities organized by the Office of Student Development may be granted a cash award.

Egyptian Public Schools Scholarships

Twenty annual full-tuition scholarships are awarded to Egyptian students who graduated from public schools. These students must have an outstanding secondary school academic record and must demonstrate financial need for the scholarship. Selected students must meet admission requirements.

Empower Scholarship

The AUC-funded Empower Scholarship offers five full and/or partial annual scholarships to thanawiya amma graduates from five governorates in Upper Egypt: Assiut, Beni Suef, Menya, Sohag and Fayyoum.

Honor Scholarship

Honor scholarships are granted to students who achieved excellent secondary academic records.

Leadership for Education and Development Program

The Leadership for Education and Development Program (LEAD) offers full tuition scholarships to 58 students annually–one male and one female–from each of Egypt’s governorates. LEAD is a joint program of the US Agency for International Development, the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation and The American University in Cairo.

Middle East Partnership Initiative- Tomorrow’s Leaders

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship was initiated and co-funded by the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. The program provides opportunities to deserving students, who excel academically and display the potential to become future leaders in the region.

Named Scholarships

Named scholarships are awards funded by individual donors or corporations. Selection is based on the donor’s criteria.

Sports Achievement Scholarship

The Sports Achievement Scholarship is awarded to a limited number of students who participate in sports which are listed in the Egyptian Championship tournament with a high level of distinction in their final secondary school year.

Sports Merit Scholarship

Students not awarded the sports achievement scholarship at admission, but who represent AUC in the annual National Universities Sports Championship and achieved high ranks, may be granted a cash award.

Financial Aid

The financial aid program at the American University in Cairo is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of a grant to degree seeking undergraduate students who need it to attend AUC. This financial aid covers only partial tuition. Approximately forty five percent of undergraduate students have received financial assistance in recent years. A student can combine the financial aid awards with other awards such as achievement scholarship, sports and cultural awards.


To apply for the institutional financial aid program, undergraduate students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time, degree seeking student. 
  2. Not on academic probation (applicable to returning students).
  3. Demonstrate financial need by submitting a financial aid application form

The financial aid applications are submitted to the financial aid committee for consideration. The committee’s decisions are based on the students’ financial need as illustrated in the financial aid application form and budget limitations.

Awards and Renewal
Financial aid grants 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 aid to continuing recipients who remain eligible and continue to demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate students who receive temporary awards must reapply if they wish to renew their awards. Students 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 upon university costs, the family’s current financial ability, and university budget. Students on probation are not eligible.

Students who wish to apply for financial aid must submit the university’s financial aid form with supporting documents to the Student Service Center by the deadlines shown below:

  Fall Semester   Spring Semester
New Students   Sept. 15th, 2013   Dec. 31, 2013
Returning Students   May 15th, 2013   Dec. 15th, 2013

No financial aid is awarded in winter or summer sessions.

 Work Study Program

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 towards 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 8-10 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 for 2013-2014

  • Undergraduate, enrolled, full-time students with a grade point average of not less than 2.0.
  • All enrolled graduate students
  • Both Egyptian as well as non-Egyptian students
  • Undergraduate student is paid an hourly rate of LE 30.
  • Graduate students are proportionally compensated at the rate of 15 percent (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 (Campus Center, room P029) 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

Other Financial Assistance and Awards for Non-Egyptian Students (not OSFA)

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 and ALIN program students 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:aucegypt@aucnyo.edu).

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. www.rotary.org
  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. www.va.gov
  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: aucegypt@aucnyo.edu). 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
  4. 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, www.iie.org/gilman. Additional information is available through IIE’s Southern Regional Office by e-mail, at gilman@iie.org, or by calling (713) 621-6300 ext. 25.


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