Financial Aid Overview
It's useful to divide financial aid sources into four basic categories:
1. Federal aid
2. State of Ohio aid
3. Art Academy of Cincinnati scholarships and awards
4. Other sources
For the first two categories above, to become eligible for aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We strongly recommend that you complete this application as soon as possible after January 1. The code number for the Art Academy is 003011. For more information, see www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For the third category above, prospective students should begin the application process and submit the required materials. Art Academy scholarships are based on the portfolio submission, GPA and test scores For more information, see the Art Academy Scholarships page.
The website Student Aid on the Web provides clear, comprehensive information about financial aid and provides a directory of scholarships. Please explore the Scholarship & Aid link for more information on types of aid commonly received by AAC students
Making It Work
If you want to be at the Art Academy, if you know that you belong here, then we will help you find the money to make it happen.
The Art Academy’s tuition and fees are 18 percent lower, on average, than those of other independent colleges of art and design in this region. Most of our students receive some form of financial aid, ranging from competitive scholarships to need-based grants and loans.
But the financial aid process is like a challenging piece of art: You have to work to understand it. Let us help you interpret it. We will direct you toward available resources that meet your needs. And we’ll work with you, not against you. You won’t take a number and wait in line.
The Art Academy is proud to offer a new tool, the Net Price Calculator, to assist families in planning financially for college. The link to the Net Price Calculator can be found in the toolbar to the left of this page. The calculator will require you to input personal financial and admissions data in order to give you an approximation of your out-of-pocket costs. Be aware that the calculator cannot take every variable into account, and you should not consider your result to be anything more than an estimate. For more detailed information about your expected costs and aid options, consult the Financial Aid Office.
You can rest assured that the Art Academy's Financial Aid Office will provide you with the information you need to make sound financial decisions regarding your education. And each Financial Aid employee is held to the strictest ethical principles as defined by our code of conduct.
The Financial Aid Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. Call Kris Olberding, Director of Financial Aid at (513) 562-8773
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