Exploring Your Financial Options


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.

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


Rock the Arts - $10,000 scholarship competition

Traditional Entry

All entries must be contained in an envelope, portfolio or 2 boards completely taped together on 3 sides. No loose pieces will be accepted. All scholarships are judged on the basis of excellence of artwork submitted and must follow the rules for entry.

Entries may be delivered to

AIC College of Design
1171 E. Kemper Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45246

2018 Art & Design Scholarships

AIC offers a number of scholarships open to High School Seniors, High School graduates or those who have earned a GED and are interested in attending. Scholarships are not transferable and are good only for September starts of the year they are awarded. All scholarships are judged on the basis of excellence of artwork submitted and must follow the rules for entry. Like grants, scholarships are free money and will not need to be repaid. If you have questions or would like more information please contact the Office of Admissions or by phone at 513-751-1206.

How to Enter

  • At least one piece must be in color.
  • Out-of-town entries must be in CD form only and mailed with a self-addressed-stamped envelope for return.
  • We recommend you include a letter of recommendation from your High School Art teacher.
  • Select five (5) pieces of your best work. Work may consist of drawings, paintings, design or sculpture.
  • Sculpture or 3 dimensional pieces must be entered on a CD or photographic form

Upload your digital portfolio


Incoming Students

  • $10,000 President’s Scholarship
  • $10,000 Roy Waits Scholarship
  • $8,000 ICDS Scholarship
  • $5,000 Faculty Scholarships (3)
  • $5,000 Military Scholarship
  • Kentucky Need/Merit Scholarships
  • Up to $1,000 each to offset KEES Money. Kentucky residents only.
  • $6,000 Partners in Art Scholarship AIC College of Design and local community partners have joined together to award a scholarship to an outstanding art student at your school.

Incoming or Current Students

  • $6,000 John Harris Memorial Scholarship
  • $6,000 Jane Walter-Knaber-Baker Memorial Scholarship (Awarded to a single parent)
  • $1,000 to Full Scholarship Allman/Mendell Founders Scholarship

Second and Third Year Students

  • $5,000 Ron Long Memorial Scholarship