Costs and Aid

Costs and Aid

High-quality U.S. education leading to both American and European diplomas, global alumni success, outstanding value for money and great opportunities to finance your education – these are just some of the benefits AUBG provides to bright minds like you from the region and beyond.

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. AUBG offers need and merit scholarships to top students, financial aid packages, on-campus jobs, government-guaranteed loans, and Summer Work and Travel Programs through which most of the students finance their education. Close to 74% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

On top of  99.8% employment rate after graduation, AUBG alumni score remarkable compensation results. Approximately 20% of graduates earn more than $100,000/year and over 20 % of alumni from 1995-2005 who are currently working in the U.S. earn more than $250,000/year. In addition, AUBG’s graduates are some of the most sought-after specialists, and receive some of the highest incomes in their fields according to the Bulgarian Ministry of Education ranking.

Tuition and Fees

For the  2019-20 Academic Year the costs for attending AUBG full time are as follows (without any scholarships and financial aid):

Tuition per year* $ 12,300
Housing per year
   Skaptopara I and II double in apartment $ 1,440
  Skaptopara II double room $ 1,520
   Skaptopara III

$ 1,780

Student Activity Fee $ 610

AUBG offers a variety of scholarships, financial aid and student loans available to qualifying students. For more information about tuition cost, please contact our admissions team at or visit the Contact Us pageGet your personalized advice today!

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.

*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.

Additional Expenses

Costs for dining at the Canteen are estimated at $1,200 per year and 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 Student Assistants Program, scholarships and other sources are applied to the account during the semester or at the beginning of the next semester. All students must pay any outstanding balance at the end of each semester and before pre-registration for next 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 registration without prior notice.


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

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