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DACA & Undocumented Student Policy

All Students are Welcome

DACA & Undocumented Student Policy

All students regardless of nationality or citizenship are welcome and encouraged to apply and attend the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Our staff and faculty are fully committed to helping students of all backgrounds, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and those without DACA status, the chance to further their creativity.

The AAC considers DACA and Undocumented Students domestic and should complete a domestic application. However, the student is encouraged to list birth country on their application.

The AAC does not require a visa for DACA or Undocumented Students.


Entrance scholarships are awarded to every student who is accepted into our program. The Entrance Scholarship is based primarily on the strength of an applicant’s portfolio, though academic merit is also taken into consideration. DACA and Undocumented Students are also able to receive other in-house scholarships. DACA and Undocumented Students are not eligible for any federal government financial aid programs such as Pell Grants, student loans, or Federal Work Study and should not attempt or complete the FAFSA application. 


If a student has any questions or concerns about the application, FAFSA, deposit requirements or more, please email Dani Tellez at

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Due To Inclement Weather

Classes are cancelled

January 25th, 2023

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