The Entrance Scholarship is a merit-based award offered on an ongoing basis to students accepted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. To be considered for an Entrance Scholarship an applicant must be accepted to the BFA program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process at the earliest possible date to receive acceptance and priority scholarship notification.

The Entrance Scholarship is based on the strength of the portfolio submitted as well as all application steps. The Admissions Office also takes each component of the application into account to determine the scholarship award amount.

  • Portfolio Review
  • Application Questionnaire Responses
  • ACT/SAT Test
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • High School Transcript
  • College Transcript (Transfer Student Only)
  • Personal Statement (Optional)

Annual Scholarship Renewal
The Entrance Scholarship is renewable each successive year for up to four academic years as long as a student maintains a GPA of 2.0 or higher in their semester coursework.  For example, a first year award for an incoming freshman of $8,000 can potentially be a total of $32,000 over four academic years.

Additional AAC Opportunities
Current AAC students are also eligible for many scholarship opportunities each academic year.

  • Faculty Portfolio Awards
  • Alumni Scholarship 
  • Folger Memorial Trust Purchase Awards
  • Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship
  • Helms Trust Purchase Awards
  • Gaffney/Wollman Performance Scholarship
  • Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society Young Artist’s Award
  • John Fisher/Leonard Sive Scholarship
  • John and Judy Ruthven Fund Scholarship
  • Cincinnati Art Club Scholarship
  • Cincinnati Women’s Club Scholarship 
  • Bertha Langhorst Werner Tuition Scholarship
  • John E. and Mary Ann Butkovich Scholarship
  • Carolyn and Julian Magnus Family Award

More Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to financial aid offered through the Art Academy of Cincinnati, there are local, state, federal, and other private sources of financial assistance. There are many websites to help explore these opportunities, as well as understand how to pay for college in general. Here are three sites that provide an abundant amount of information.