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Tuition Overview

The online master’s degree programs from American University’s School of Education allows current corps members, staff, and alumni of Teach for America to continue their meaningful work inside and outside of the classroom.

We are pleased to offer a 29% tuition scholarship for all Teach for America Members. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to request more information.

Tuition & Costs

Financing a graduate education can be daunting. Thanks to American University’s School of Education’s efforts to partner with key teaching organizations such as Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and others, current members and alumni of these organizations may be able to apply for tuition scholarships to help them successfully pursue their educational and professional goals.

We’re happy to talk through the possibilities with you; please don’t hesitate to contact us ( with questions.

The approximate cost of a year of graduate study is as follows:

  • Tuition: $1,642 per credit hour (academic year 2016-17)
  • Fees: $430 (total fees for two semesters)
  • Books*: $1,100
  • Health Insurance: $1,800

A program cost guide for international students is available on the International Student & Scholar Services website.

*Figures are based on average expenditures reported by university students.

Need-based aid (U.S. Federal loans)

Need-based awards are loans from the U.S. federal government that are administered by the American University Financial Aid Office. Two types of loans are offered:

Federal Direct Loan

Eligible students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled in a degree-granting academic program. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester to qualify for need-based assistance. Graduate students who qualify for federal loans may borrow up to $20,500 every two semesters. All federal loan programs require the FAFSA be filed before eligibility can be determined. Students who wish to apply for need-based assistance must submit the FAFSA (Financial Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 1.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loans

PLUS loans are intended to cover the amount of the total Cost of Attendance (COA) that is not covered by other financial aid. Students must have already completed the FAFSA to be considered for the Federal Direct loan prior to applying for the Federal PLUS loan.

For information regarding need-based financial aid and application procedures, visit the Financial Aid webpage, or to speak to someone in the Financial Aid office, please contact or call us at 202-885-6100.

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