How to Apply

Eligibility requirements for financial aid

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  2. Have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  3. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree program.
  4. Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program.
  5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Academy.
  6. Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that:
    – You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
    – You will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

Applicants for financial aid must submit the following information to the financial aid office:

  1. The American Academy of Art College’s Financial Aid Application.
  2. A signed FAFSA.
  3. Tax filers (both students and parents of dependent students) must use the IRS Data Retrieval through the FAFSA or provide an IRS Tax Return Transcript or a signed copy of their Federal Income Tax Return from two years ago.
  4. Non tax filers (both students and parents of dependent students) will need to fill out the American Academy of Art College’s Non-Tax Filer Form.
  5. An IRS Confirmation of Nonfiling Letter is required for parents who did not file taxes and for independent students who did not file taxes.
  6. A copy of your Social Security card.
  7. A copy of your driver’s license or state identification card.

A tax transcript can be obtained at

The school will use the current Verification Guide issued by the Department of Education as the governing document for substantiation of information on students’ applications. Any required supporting documentation needs to be submitted to the Financial Services Office as soon as possible.

Information regarding student aid programs, including loan types and repayment conditions, are available online at