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AAC is the first and only private art college in the country, and one of the few higher education institutions in the state of Ohio, to implement the Four Year Tuition Promise!

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Four Year Tuition Promise.

The majority of colleges increase their tuition and fees every year for their enrolled students.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is the first and only private art college in the country, and one of the few higher education institutions in the state of Ohio, to implement the Four Year Tuition Promise!

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College is one of the most important financial investments students and families will make in their lifetime. We want to help make that financial commitment a little easier, by making a commitment of our own.

For all incoming and currently enrolled undergraduate students at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, tuition and fees will not be raised over four academic years.

By freezing tuition and fees, families will be able to plan ahead on their investment, knowing exactly what the fiscal outcome will look like over a four-year span. The renewable entrance scholarships that students receive upon acceptance, will have the same financial impact throughout their college careers at AAC.

We want to instill a sense of transparency in the college process, and grant families and students the stability they deserve while they work towards becoming the future creatives of tomorrow.

Tuition Promise FAQ's:

All undergraduate students entering the Art Academy of Cincinnati as a first-time student, including transfer students, will receive the Four-Year Tuition Promise. Students presently enrolled at AAC will receive the tuition promise set at the tuition rate in the academic year they are currently in.
The promise includes all tuition and fees over eight consecutive semesters. The promise does not include parking/housing, books, supplies, or other general costs of attendance outside of the tuition and fees.
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Undergrad Tuition

The Art Academy’s tuition and fees are 18% lower, on average, than the cost of other independent colleges of art and design in this region. The average student covers 63% of their costs via financial aid. For information, click the Financial Aid office page:

Four Year Undergrad Tuition Promise

2022 - 2023 Fall // Spring

  • Full-Time Tuition (Per Year) $35,404
  • Full-Time Tuition (Per Semester) $17,702

Undergraduate Fees

How to Pay Tuition

If you have questions, call Student Billing at 513-562-8752

Two Payment Options:

1. Paying off your entire tuition balance, using the Diamond Mind portal:
2. Make a payment towards your tuition balance using a Cash Net account:

AAC provides many convenient ways for current students to pay their tuition, fees and other expenses. We accept checks (must be US dollar accounts and drawn on a US financial institution), cash, all major credit cards and money orders (also must be US dollars and backed by a US financial institution). You may mail in your payment, but the preferred method of payment is via one of our two payment portal options (depending on your needs).

If you would like to pay by check, please see Wendy Taylor-Reidy, Office Manager, in the office suite on the 2nd floor.
513-562-6265

Tuition Policies

If a student withdraws from the Art Academy or drops below full-time status (under 12 credit hours), tuition will be credited computed from the date of withdrawal as officially recorded by the Registrar.

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER
Before the end of the first week: 100%
Before the end of the second week: 75%
Before the end of the third week: 50%
Before the end of the fourth week: 25%
After the fourth week: no refund given

SUMMER SESSION
Before the end of the first day: 100%
Before the end of the first week: 50%
After first week: No refund given

Only tuition is refunded; fees are nonrefundable. The Finance Office calculates and determines all amounts credited to an account and will return any financial aid, grants, loans and scholarship funds as required by the different programs. An open balance will be due in full immediately.

Students who receive Federal Title IV Financial Aid and do not complete their classes will be responsible for repaying to the Department of Education unearned portions of aid. During the first 60 percent of a semester, a student is entitled to Title IV funds in direct proportion to the length of time he or she remains enrolled. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60 percent point earns all aid for the semester. Unearned Title IV funds, other than Federal Work Study, must be returned back to the Federal Student Aid Programs. A Return of Title IV Funds Policy statement is available in the Financial Aid and Finance Offices.

A person who has received an Art Academy degree (BFA, MAAE or AS) and wishes to take a degree program course for credit will pay the current tuition rate per credit hour.

A person who has completed the Certificate Program at the Art Academy and is enrolled in the BFA degree program at the Art Academy will receive a 25% discount on tuition for a degree program course.

A person who wishes to audit a degree program course will receive a 50% discount off the current tuition rate per credit hour. Space availability and the instructor’s approval are required for registration to audit a degree program course.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati will not issue a diploma, transcripts or records, grade reports, statements of recommendation, nor allow future registration to any student whose financial accounts with the Art Academy are not paid in full. All financial accounts must be paid in full prior to the start of classes. A finance charge will be applied to any account with an unpaid balance after the date payments are due and for every month following that the balance is not paid in full. Students with delinquent accounts are referred to a collection agency.

Graduate MAAE Tuition

The Art Academy’s tuition and fees are 18% lower, on average, than the cost of other independent colleges of art and design in this region. The average student covers 63% of their costs via financial aid. For information, click the Financial Aid office page:

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Summer Graduate Tuition

2021 Summer

  • Cost per credit hour $995

    Full-time load of 11 credits per summer

MAAE Information

When to Pay
Tuition and fees must be paid in full one week prior to the start of classes each semester. An unpaid balance will void your registration, and you will not be able to attend class until your account is paid in full.

Deposits
In order for a new incoming student to reserve a place in the Summer 2021 MAAE class, the Art Academy must receive a non-refundable registration deposit of $300.00. This registration deposit is credited toward the summer’s tuition. If the student does not attend the Art Academy, this deposit is forfeited.

How to Pay
Tuition and fees may be paid by check, cash, VISA or MasterCard, or through a monthly payment plan offered by an independent tuition payment service.

Refund Policy
If a graduate student withdraws from the Art Academy or drops a class, tuition will be credited computed from the date of withdrawal as officially recorded by the Registrar. The refund policy is as follows:

MAAE Tuition Policies

Before the end of the first day: 100%
Before the end of the first week: 50%
After the first week: no refund given

The Finance Office calculates and determines all amounts credited to an account and will return any financial aid, grants, loans and scholarship funds as required by the different programs. An open balance will be due in full immediately.

Students who receive Federal Title IV Financial Aid and do not complete their classes will be responsible for repaying to the Department of Education unearned portions of aid. During the first 60 percent of a semester, a student is entitled to Title IV funds in direct proportion to the length of time he or she remains enrolled. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60 percent point earns all aid for the semester. Unearned Title IV funds, other than Federal Work Study, must be returned back to the Federal Student Aid Programs. A Return of Title IV Funds Policy statement is available in the Financial Aid and Finance Offices.
The Art Academy of Cincinnati will not issue a diploma, transcripts or records, grade reports, statements of recommendation, nor allow future registration to any student whose financial accounts with the Art Academy are not paid in full. All financial accounts must be paid in full prior to the start of classes. A finance charge will be applied to any account with an unpaid balance after the date payments are due and for every month following that the balance is not paid in full. Students with delinquent accounts are referred to a collection agency.
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