Financial Assistance

Application for Financial Assistance

AUBG provides financial aid and awards scholarships based either on academic merit or based on both academic merit and financial need. Merit is the academic potential that we can see in your application documents. Financial need is determined through an analysis of the Application for AUBG Financial Assistance (AFA) and supporting documents submitted as part of the application packet.

The submission of AFA is optional - you are not required to file it unless you want to apply for need-based financial aid and need-based scholarships. No need-based award will be awarded without a complete AFA and a complete set of supporting documents.

How to apply for financial assistance at AUBG

  1. Read carefully the AFA instructions. The AFA application form starts with guidance and there are detailed explanations you can download below.
  2. Collect the supporting documents listed in the checklist. An Application for Financial Assistance with insufficient supporting documents will not be considered. Beware that it may take more than a month to collect all the documents from various institutions.
  3. Fill in the application form and sign it. By signing the application you are asking to be considered on the basis of the documents enclosed. You can not include additional documents later. Make sure the AFA is complete; the fields with no data mark with "N/A". If you are unable to complete any section of the application or send any of the required documents, please include an explanation on line 53 of AFA.
  4. When in doubt, ask us.
  5. Submit the entire package in advance of the application deadline. The (AFA) is a part of your admission application packet. If AUBG has a representative in your country, you may be able to submit the package to them.

Downloads

1. Application Form

Application for Financial Assistance Form

2. Instructions

You and your parents should read all instructions carefully and be as thorough as possible. Detailed instructions are available in:

Documents supporting the AFA need to be originals or notary verified copies. All documents should be for the most recent 12-month period and translated into English (by a sworn translator) unless they are in Bulgarian or English. The AFA along with the supporting documents have to be mailed to our postal address below.

Recommended Deadlines

Fall Semester

March 1 - Early admission, better scholarships and financial aid
June 1 - Regular admission and financial aid

Spring Semester

October 1 - for non-EU citizens
November 1 - for EU citizens

Mailing Address

Completed applications should be received by the AUBG Admissions Office or a local representative. If not notified otherwise, send your package of documents to our mailing address:

Admissions Office
ABF Student Center
American University in Bulgaria
12 Svoboda Bachvarova St.
Blagoevgrad 2700, Bulgaria

Contact us, if you have any questions concerning your application.

FAQ

How much need-based financial aid can I receive?

It depends. We can't answer this question until we receive the full package of documents. In rare cases, need-based financial assistance covers 60% of tuition.

Can I send the documents by email?

No. We need the originals and/or the notary verified papers that come along with your Application for Financial Assistance.

Can I have my documents back?

No. Documents submitted in support of the Application for Financial Assistance become the permanent possession of AUBG and will not be returned. Please do not submit documents that are your only originals - make a notary verified copy instead.

Is my information kept confidential?

The financial information provided by applicants is confidential. The American University in Bulgaria obeys the Law for Protection of Personal Data. The information collected is kept strictly confidential and is used only by the Financial Aid Committee to determine a grant amount for the prospective AUBG student.

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