Exploring Your Financial Options


AIC’s Fixed Tuition Policy

AIC students receive what we believe to be the best graphic design education of any 3 year college. Our tuition and fees remain commensurate with area colleges on a cost per credit hour basis; providing exceptional value to our students. Once a student enrolls for the Graphic Design program, the tuition rate is guaranteed for that period. Should a student drop or be terminated for some reason and later decide to return they would be required to pay the new or present tuition rate.

Financial Aid

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial aid assistance.  Students and their parents are encouraged to work closely with the Financial Aid Department at AIC as they explore options in meeting college costs.  Approximately 91% of our students applied for financial aid, and received an award notification.  AIC will make every effort to assist you and your family to obtain the resources necessary to meet the difference between the cost of attending AIC, and your ability to contribute towards your education. In order to determine your eligibility for state and federal aid, you must complete the FAFSA application, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
AIC’s school code for the FAFSA is 014804.

If you have any questions or are unable to access the online application, you may call our financial aid department at 513.751.1206 or Schedule a visit.

Exploring Your Financial Options

In order to determine if you are eligible for financial aid you must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the application as soon as possible after January 1st each year. You will not be eligible for any federal or state aid until your FAFSA is complete. You will need to apply for a PIN number in order to complete your FAFSA. You may log in to: www.studentloans.gov. to apply for your PIN number. Once your PIN number has been confirmed you may log in using your PIN number to: www.studentloans.gov and complete your FAFSA.


AIC Students Awarded Aid

Financial Aid Process

  1. Apply to AIC if you haven’t already
  2. FAFSA for State and Federal aid here  (AIC’s FAFSA Code is 014804)
  3. Visit AIC or contact our Financial Aid Department if you have any questions at 513.751.1206
  4. Apply Scholarships at AIC and in your local community

Types of Financial Aid

Student Loans: Direct Lending is a way to provide loans to the student and parent borrowers directly from the U.S. government. Types of loans processed via the Direct Loan Program is: Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS Loans. These loans are to cover educational expenses and must be repaid, along with interest. Accepting a loan should be taken seriously.

Grants: Grants are considered “gift aid” and do not have to be repaid. Grants are generally based on financial need. These grants include the following: FSEOG, OCOG, and KEES. These are available to those who quality. The Ohio Board of Regents administers the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program, which provides grant money to Ohio residents who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need (as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Ohio residents in a degree program at an eligible Ohio institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of 2190 or less and a maximum household income of $75,000. AIC will match up to $1,000 of KEES for the 1st year for the State of Kentucky residents only.

Work Study: Works study programs provide a limited number of paying part time jobs. Students work at the college or for a community service organization to help pay for educational expenses.

Scholarships: Much like grants in that they do not have to be repaid. They are generally based on merit or ability. AIC offers over $100,000 in scholarships each year.

Helpful resources: Student Aid, FAFSA Twitter, Federal Student Aid on Facebook, Federal Student Aid on YouTube, Storify – FAFSA and Federal Student Aid Office.

The FAFSA application must be filed by June 30th at the end of each academic year.