Responding to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, The American University of Rome (AUR) has announced a freeze on undergraduate tuition fees for the academic year 2021/22 and the introduction of a number of new merit-based scholarships. 

Making the announcement, Dr. Scott Sprenger, President of the university stated

“The mission of The American University of Rome is to serve a community of global scholars looking for more than just a university degree. Our students are looking for an academic adventure and a life- and career-enhancing experience that challenges the boundaries of an average university. The past twelve months of Covid-related financial and travel difficulties have already stifled many students’ plans. With this tuition freeze and the introduction of new scholarships, we hope to open more pathways for students to come to AUR.” 

Zoe Johnson, AUR’s Director of Financial Aid, spoke to the range of new scholarships that the university has created 

“AUR has always been committed to assisting students financially where possible. These new scholarships will allow us to help a larger and more diverse pool of prospective students and we’ve designed them so that there should be an opportunity for almost any student to identify a scholarship which is applicable to them.” 

There are now nine categories of merit-based scholarships available at AUR, alongside the existing needs-based and affiliate scholarships that were traditionally offered. Students are encouraged to apply according to their background and circumstances. 

President Sprenger concluded his announcement by saying “The Covid pandemic has effectively created new barriers between countries whereas AUR’s aim has always been to facilitate collaborative learning in a globally diverse environment. We continue to strive to offer this opportunity to as many young people as we can.”