Federal Student Loan Program for Graduate Students

The American University of Rome participates in US Title IV Direct Lending to cover the estimated cost of attendance for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized and PLUS loans through this program. Our financial aid department is dedicated to counseling students through the entire process, from the application stage through the disbursement and management of these loans.


U.S Veterans benefits may be used for AUR's M.A. programs.

Sons of Italy Scholarship

The Order Sons of Italy in America (or OSIA) offers a scholarship together with The American University of Rome to American students with Italian heritage. The scholarship recipient will receive $2,500 per semester.
The OSIA Committee selects one AUR recipient per academic year based on academic merit (including test scores, transcripts, and a letter of recommendation), the essay response, and community service/volunteerism.
Both new and returning AUR students are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: February 28th 

Download the application form here

Antonio & Felicia Marinelli Scholarship

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) offers one merit scholarship per year to an AUR graduate or undergraduate student of Italian heritage. The NIAF committee requires a minimum 3.5 GPA or higher, an online application, two letters of recommendation, and an essay response. Award amounts vary.

Deadline: March 1st

Find out more and apply here


AmeriCorp benefits may be used for AUR's M.A. programs.

Peace Corps

All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers admitted to AUR’s master’s degree programs receive a guaranteed partial scholarship.

As an U.S. accredited institution based in Italy, AUR is not eligible to participate in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. However, recognizing the depth of experience RPCVs bring to our programs, we acknowledge their contribution and service through our own Coverdell Matching Scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application, but the submission of a DOS (Description of Service) will be required in order to qualify.

The Anthropocene Scholarship

AUR is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship for the academic year 2020-21. The Anthropocene Scholarship, generously funded by an anonymous donor, will carry a value of EUR 2,500 that will be deducted from the tuition fees of a graduate student in the Food Studies program. The Scholarship will be awarded to a student based on need/merit, with preference given to European students. If there is no eligible European student, it can be awarded to any eligible student in the program. Find out more here.

AUR Alumni 

AUR degree holders qualify for a 10% tuition alumni discount.

The Myllennium Award Scholarship

Prospective students of the M.A. in Food Studies have a fantastic opportunity for graduate study funding thanks to the Myllennium Award, the first multidisciplinary generational award in Italy addressed to Italian millennials. This initiative, made possible by the Raffaele Barletta Foundation, will make availabe one full tuition scholarship for a Master's degree in Food Studies. More information is available here.

Student Training Program

AUR also runs a Student Training Program for full-time graduate students. Students who apply for and are accepted to this program receive training in various areas of the university administration in exchange for a reduction in tuition (or Federal Loans if a student is using loans to cover tuition costs).