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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
2012-2013 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 2012/2013 the tuition fees per semester for 12 credits was set at:

Egyptian rate: LE 57,180.

International rate: $ 12,072.

Additional charges are added for additional credits.

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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 Student Financial Affairs may approve payment in two installments as mentioned below. Students applying for deferred payment should download three forms (one original and two copies), or pick up the forms from Student Service Center. Forms should be submitted to Student Service Center when filled out.

For continuing students:

  • 50% 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.
  • The student will pay the set administrative fee.

For new students:

  • 70% 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.
  • The student will pay the set administrative fee.


Undergraduate Students
Egyptians L.E. 320
Non-Egyptians $51


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 (Registrar)

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.

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.

Scholarships and Financial Aid



AUC is aiming to provide high quality of educational opportunities to students from all segments of Egyptian society as well as from all other countries.

AUC offers 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.”

Undergraduate Scholarships

1. Achievement Scholarships :

The achievement scholarship is granted to the top 25 percent of the degree-seeking undergraduate students for a one-year period, which is revised annually. The scholarship amounts to 30 percent of the full tuition fees.

Students admitted before the academic year 2010-2011 will be evaluated after the summer session.

Students admitted starting the academic year 2010-2011 will be evaluated as follows:

  • Students enrolled in the fall semester will be evaluated after the summer session.
  • Students enrolled in the spring semester will be evaluated after the winter session.

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 (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester). Students who take remedial English courses (ELI) 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 achieved hours.

Students who have either lost their scholarship or joined the university with no achievement scholarship may be granted the achievement scholarship if they maintain full time status (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester) and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above for a minimum of 30 credit hours of work at AUC at the evaluation period. Transfer credits are not counted in the achieved hours.

2. Egyptian Public Schools Scholarships:
AUC offers twenty annual full-tuition scholarships to Egyptian students who come from Public schools. Applicants should submit Financial Aid forms along with the admission requirements to the Student Service Center.


  • Applicants should be Egyptian students coming from Public schools (not including language schools).
  • They should have an outstanding secondary school academic record.
  • They should demonstrate their financial need for the scholarship.
  • They should meet admission requirements.


Selected stuents will maintain their scholarship until graduation as long as they are making satisfactory progress toward their degrees and maintain a GPA of not less than 3.0.

3. Sports Achievement Scholarship:

Eligibility and Selection

  • Sports Achievement Scholarship is awarded to a limited number of students who participate in sports, which include but are not limited to basketball, swimming, judo, rowing, tennis, handball, and squash.
  • School competitions are not accepted.
  • Documents proving sports achievement levels will be examined by the Athletics Department and the applicant’s activities will be evaluated by a committee.
  • The Sports Achievement Scholarship gives the student a reduction of 15% of the full tuition fee per semester for that academic year.
  • The scholarship is awarded to applicants meeting the following level of distinction in their final secondary school year.
Type of Championship Position
  Individual Sports Team Sports
National Championship: All sports except Tennis Up to Second Up to First
Arab Games Up to Second Up to Second
African or Mediterranean Games Up to Third Up to Second
Olympic Games or World Championship Up to Fourth Up to Third


  • Students may also be qualified for the Sports Achievement Scholarship if they have one of the above mentioned junior championships (less than 18 years), provided that the championship was held during the year before.
  • Worthy cases that do not conform to the above mentioned guidelines will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Students who joined the University with no sports achievement scholarship but subsequently realized a position as per the above table, may be granted the sports scholarship the following fall semester.
  • Tennis: The scholarship is awarded to students ranked first or second according to the Egyptian Tennis Federation Ranking.


  • To maintain the Sports Achivement Scholarship, an eligible student has to maintain a GPA of not less than 2.0.
  • The sports achievement scholarship is a one-year award. For subsequent year(s) a student will only be eligible for the scholarship if s/he continues to participate in the national universities championship.
  • The sports achievement scholarship will be cancelled if the awarded student is on social or academic probation.
  • Students on Sports Achievement Scholarship should maintain a full-time status in order to keep the scholarship.

Required Documents

An official letter issued by the federation of the game. This letter must be endorsed by the concerned Sports Union and the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports, and Olympic Committee.

Potential Additional 15% Scholarship Award Criteria

Additional funds through the Sports Achievement Scholarship program are available for students who place in the top 5 at recognized World Championships in selected sports. These awards (up to an additional 15%, for a total of a 30% scholarship award) are reviewed and awarded on a yearly basis. Evidence of continued success on the international level is required to renew the additional portion of the scholarship.

Students who do not continue to perform on this exceptional level of international competition may continue to earn the regular Sports Achievement Award (15%) by meeting the criteria for that scholarship.

The Director of Athletics of his/her designee will review all material submitted to qualify for this additional portion of the scholarship. Official communication certifying the place of finish in international events must come from the international organization sponsoring the competition and/or the Olympic Committee of the applicant’s home country.

To qualify for this award, the sport must be one that is competitive on a wide world stage, not just in a specific country or region. The competitions further must be a single championship event, not one of a series or multiple events billed as World Championships but which have limited attendance and/or recognition from the world sporting community. For example, the sports of badminton or judo would qualify for consideration for this award, but speedball would not. Results for individual sports will be given preference over team sports unltess proof of significant contribution to team results is provided through detailed statistics from the competitions.

Further questions about this process and criteria can be directed to the Director of Athletics.

4. Sports Merit Awards:
Students who were not awarded the sports achievement scholarship at admission, but had represented the University in the annual National Universities Sports Championship and achieved high ranks, may be granted a cash award.


  • The student should represent the University in the National Universities Sports Championship.
  • The student should achieve a rank of not less than the third (i.e. bronze medal).
  • The student should maintain a GPA of not less than 2.5 in the year of granting the award.

N.B. Students who receive the Sports Achievement Scholarship could also be granted the Sports Merit Scholarship if they achieved high ranks in the sports they participate in and meet the Sports Merit Award requirements.


The amount of the cash award is determined based on criteria, agreed upon by the Sports Director.

5. 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, which include but are not limited to music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, writing, organized by local official government bodies and in which they have achieved a high level of distinction. The applicant will be interviewed by the Office of Student Development and his/her activities will be evaluated by a committee to determined eligibility.

Terms of the Award

1 - The cultural achievement scholarship gives the student a reduction of 15% of the fall tuition fee per semester for that academic year.

2- The cultural achievement scholarship is a one year award. For subsequent years, the student will be eligible for the scholarship if s/he participates in one of the different programs organized by the Office of Student Development.

3- The cultural achievement scholarship will be cancelled if the student registers for a number of credit hours that are less than full time course load. In other words s/he should maintain a full-time status in order to maintain scholarship.

4- The cultural achievement scholarship will be cancelled if the student is on social or academic probation.

5- To retain the scholarship, the student has to maintain a GPA of not less than 2.0.

6. Cultural Merit Scholarship:


  • Recipients of the award should be ranked first in one of the national cultural contests organized by OSD. 
  • Students should maintain a GPA of not less than 2.5.


The amount of the award is determined based on criteria by the OSD director.


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.

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrating financial need through the financial aid form.
  2. Full-time undergraduate degree status.
  3. Accumulated grade-point average of not less than 2.0.

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. 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. 16th, 2012   Dec. 31, 2012
Returning Students   May 15th, 2012   Dec. 16th, 2012

No financial aid is awarded in winter or summer sessions.


Work Study Program

The Office of Student Financial Affairs in collaboration with the Career Advising and Placement Services office provide you with the opportunity to gain on-campus work experience and develop skills while earning some money through the Work Study (WS) program.

The WS gives students the opportunity to work in various departments on campus during the academic year and contribute to AUC’s academic and administrative departments’ projects and programs.
It allows students to contribute towards their education expenses, make use of their free time, gain experience, helps them develop transferable skills, boost their resumes and earn money.

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

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


  • Undergraduate, enrolled full-time students with a GPA of not less than 2.0.
  • Egyptian as well as non-Egyptian students are eligible to join the work-study program.

The student is compensated at the end of the semester.


  • The undergraduate student is paid an hourly rate of LE 15.00
  • The compensation will be either credited to the students’ account or given to him/her in cash upon his/her request.

Students’ Selection

  • Students should login to their CareerWeb account through the following link: https://aucegypt-csm.symplicity.com/student
  • Students can view and apply to WS opportunities through their CareerWeb account. To apply for announced opportunities you need to upload your resume on CareerWeb. For assistance in preparing a winning resume, please refer to: http://www.caps.aucegypt.edu/services/resume/resume_writing.html
  • Once selected, complete and submit the Work Study Commitment Form at: http://forms.caps.aucegypt.edu/workstudy/commitment.jsp The form has to be printed, signed and stamped from your work study department.
  • Students need to submit the form to Amal Ibrahim at the Office of Student Financial Affairs -OSFA (Room 2012 | Dr. Hamza AlKholi Information Center) before the relevant deadline.
  • N.B. If the form is not submitted to OSFA, 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 relevant deadline below:
    • Fall Semester: December 14
    • Winter Session: January 23
    • Spring Semester: May 24
    • Summer Semester: July 20

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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