American University Preparatory School

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Tuition Assistance

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We believe that a private boarding school education is an investment in the students’ future and that the family has an obligation to contribute to their child’s education. We adhere to the NAIS guiding principle that the primary responsibility for financing a private education rests with the student’s family. However, we also realize that not every family can absorb the costs of private education. Thus, American University Preparatory School is committed to helping families that demonstrate a measurable need afford an independent boarding school education within the limitations of our budget. We have given over one million dollars in tuition assistance annually.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Prospective families must complete the online FACTS application to be considered for financial aid. Start by creating an account at Our institution identification is 35405. All financial aid applications are processed by FACTS, which provides a comprehensive needs analysis and an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses. FACTS is a third-party that enables our financial aid committee to make a fair and objective decision on the amount of financial aid to award each student. 

Financial aid is awarded on an annual basis. Prospective and current students must apply and reapply every year. Please contact the Director of Enrollment Management for questions about the financial aid process at

Merit-Based Scholarships

Recipients are expected to actively participate in shaping the academic and residential life at AUP. All applicants should begin the process by applying for admission at Then, each applicant should let our office know if they are interested in applying for the academic scholarship or global leadership scholarship. Applicants can only apply for ONE scholarship. The scholarship application will be accessible by qualified students in the online application portal. Step-by-step instructions are listed below.

Academic Scholarship

Academic Scholarships are limited to new incoming students who have not previously applied to attend AUP. Qualified applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in a particular subject area and compelling career ambitions. Academic areas of interest include English, math, science, history, art, and/or computer science. Students are strongly advised to discuss the interdisciplinary nature of the academic subjects.

Global Leadership Scholarship

Qualified applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, as well as a desire to engage in meaningful community service. Both domestic and international students are encouraged to apply for the Global Leadership Scholarship.

Scholarship Application Process

Step 1: Create and submit an online application at

Step 2: Respond to student essays, complete parent statement, request teacher recommendation letters, and upload transcript. 

Step 3: Schedule an interview with the admission office.

Step 4: Qualified applicants will be given access to either the academic or global leadership scholarship application. 

Step 5: Submit SSAT scores to AUP, school code 1242. 

American University Preparatory School is proudly accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).