Costs and Aid

AUBG is a unique university where talented students from all over the world come together to benefit from a world-class American education. Compared to students attending a similar four-year college in the USA, you are paying only a fraction of what it would cost to study there. 


Tuition and Fees

For the  2020-21 Academic Year the costs for attending AUBG full time are as follows (without any scholarships and financial aid):

Tuition per year* $ 12,450
Housing per year
     Skaptopara I and II double in apartment $ 1,450
     Skaptopara II double room $ 1,560
     Skaptopara III

$ 1,790

Student Activity Fee $ 620

*Tuition is set annually and students may anticipate some increase over the four years of study. For those students receiving financial aid, AUBG practice has been to increase financial aid awards proportionally to the increase in tuition.


Guaranteed Scholarship

To support the best and brightest incoming students, AUBG offers up to 30% guaranteed support for students who meet the following criteria:

10%

tuition scholarship for the first year for students who complete their application by March 1.

10%

tuition scholarship for four academic years for students who submit a financial aid application. 

10%

tuition scholarship for students coming from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Vietnam. 

AUBG offers a variety of additional scholarships for qualifying students. All applicants will be automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships. Applicants who have submitted an Application for Financial Assistance will be reviewed for need-based scholarships.

Our fees are the same no matter where the student comes from and the variety of scholarships makes studying at AUBG accessible for any student. 

See how we compare to universities in Europe and the U.S.

* Data sourced from topuniversities.com. Tuition fees valid for EU residents only. Prices have been converted to US dollars using the IRS Yearly Average Currency Exchange Rates for 2019.
** Data sourced from College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges. Prices show an average of private and public out-of-state four-year schools for 2019-20.

The table above shows only mandatory fees and estimated room and board expenses. Travel expenses, medical insurance, visa fees for international students and others are additional and will vary depending on the student's country of origin. 

Fees Explained

All full-time students are expected to live on campus unless they live locally in Blagoevgrad with their immediate family. In addition, all students are charged a Student Activities Fee to cover co-curricular activities, clubs, special events and recreation and athletic activities.

Tuition for part-time students is calculated on a credit-hour basis. Part-time students are ineligible for student loans, scholarships and participation in Student Assistants Program. Part-time non-degree-seeking students are ineligible for any financial aid through AUBG.

Students enrolled in an independent study, senior thesis, senior project, or summer academic internship over the summer pay one half of the standard credit-hour cost.

Additional Expenses

Costs for dining at the university dining hall are estimated at $1,200 per year. Depending on your preferences, AUBG offers an Economy, Silver or Gold Meal Plan that you can use anywhere on campus, from the ABF dining hall and café to the Skapto 1 café and Main Building. 

The required textbook expenses are estimated at $300. 

Incoming full-time students make a meal plan deposit of $150 per semester that can be used for purchasing meals in the student restaurant or in campus cafes. An extra $150 of value will be added to the accounts of students who live on campus. (i.e., who pay the housing fee). Additional funds can be deposited to the meal card.

There are no additional fees for use of health service, internet service, technology labs, or counseling services. 

International students are responsible for mandatory health insurance ($100 estimated), entry visa fees (EUR 100) and Bulgarian ID card for foreigners (BGN 200, approx. EUR 105). Students will want to include the travel costs to and from their home and the University as part of their financial planning.

Student Accounts

Accounts are opened for each student in order to handle both charges and credits. Tuition, housing fee, student activities fee and meal plan deposit are applied to the student account before the start of each semester. These charges must be paid in full by August 10 for the Fall semester and by January 10 for the Spring semester. Students who fail to make payment by the deadline are assessed a $100 late payment fee and are subject to cancellation of their course registration.

Throughout the semester, students may charge purchases from the AUBG bookstore and canteen to their student accounts. Credits from the Student Assistants Program, scholarships and other sources are applied to the account during the semester or at the beginning of the following semester. All students must pay any outstanding balance at the end of each semester and before pre-registration for the following semester. 

Student accounts do not need to be pre-paid, but they must be settled before the deadline for the next semester or, for graduating seniors, before commencement. Students seeking a leave of absence must pay any balance due (including a late leave of absence fee, if applicable) before the leave is requested. Students with overdue accounts are subject to cancellation of their course registration without prior notice.

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AUBG reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of its financial aid policies, tuition and other fees.

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