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AIU is somewhat different from its higher education peers. You’ll find out that it is best known as an online university but it also offers in-person classes to students who enroll there. AIU is a private for-profit university that is located in Schaumburg, Illinois. The campus itself is small; just one large building for administrators, faculty, and the few students who do attend face-to-face classes.

Overview of American InterContinental University (AIU)

If you want to attend here, you won’t be able to live in a dorm. It’s better to find an apartment elsewhere in Schaumburg. Or you may decide to attend online from your own community. Because of its online status, the student-faculty ratio is higher than normal: 38 to 1. This doesn’t mean much though, since classes are nearly all online. No matter where you attend from, you’ll likely need to email your professors to discuss any difficulties you may be having with your classes.

The student population at AIU is 8,777, with most of the students (7,940) in the undergraduate class; the rest (837) are graduate students. If you live near the university, you’ll be able to venture into the community if you want to relax and have some fun.

General Information

School Type Private for-profit
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 38:1
Graduation Rate 20%
Year Founded 1970

Student Enrollment

Total Students8,777


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,303
Female 5,637

Graduate Student

Male 243
Female 594

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AIU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline NA
Common Application Accepted No

AIU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You’ll receive letters from whichever college you choose to attend spelling out the various costs that you will be charged. The sticker price covers tuition, but the total price includes tuition, lab fees, books, food, rent and utilities, and other various costs. Remember, AIU doesn’t offer on-campus housing, though you may lower these costs significantly if you attend from home and don’t have to worry about rent, utilities, food, etc. Altogether, the average cost comes up to $19,476. Tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is the same: $11,965.

After your financial aid has paid for much of the price, some funds will likely still be outstanding. What’s left is the average net price and, for AIU, this averages out to $12,555. However, families who have lower incomes can expect to receive more financial aid than those with particularly high incomes. You can see how this plays out in the information below.

  • Families who earn up to $30,000 pay around $12,377
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $13,30
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $14,429
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around $16,662
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay $16,136

First year students who apply for financial aid receive funding that pays for most of, but not all of the charges. About 677 of these students received grants or scholarships averaging about $5,753. And 121 students received institutional grants and scholarships (awards generated by the school) averaging $1,253.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $12,555
Average Total Aid $5,753
Students Receiving Financial Aid 93%
Room & Board $6,461

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,965
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $11,965
  • Books and Supplies - NA
  • Room & Board - $6,461
  • Other - $1,050


After you complete your first year at AIU, you may decide whether to stay there or transfer to a different university. The number of students who choose to stay after their first year is called the retention rate. And, if you do stay, you’ll be one of the 41% of students at AIU who do stay. This rate is lower than the usual rate, but this is likely to be attributed to the fact that the classes are nearly all online. This format doesn’t engender school loyalty the way in-person classes do.

The 4-year graduation rate is 12% and the 6-year graduation rate is 15%. However, because AIU is mostly an online university, both evening classes and distance learning are available.

The various available degree programs include business, management, marketing and related services; homeland security; health professions; and computer and information services.

Student Population Total

Student Population 8,777

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 730 Total Graduates / 59%
Business Administration and Management, General 682 Graduates
Accounting 48 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 288 Total Graduates / 23%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 288 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 122 Total Graduates / 10%
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 122 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 107 Total Graduates / 9%
Information Technology 107 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 0

Outcome & Salary

After you graduate, you’re going to begin earning wages for the work you do. An average graduate’s salary is $64,749. After you’ve been working for 10 years, you can expect your 10-year salary earnings potential to increase to $647,490. The 4-year cost of your education (average net price times 4) is $50,220. This puts your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) at $597,270.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary NA
College Grads Average Salary $64,749
College Grads Mid Career Salary NA
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $647,490
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential NA
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $50,220
10 Year Projected ROI $597,270
20 Year Projected ROI NA
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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