Application Procedure and Selective Admissions Policy

Courses are limited to 8-12 students, and each student must apply to the Academy for acceptance into a course. New students to AAB are asked to submit a resume and a written statement detailing any previous experience and explaining their interest in the course they are applying to. We require the application process as a means of ensuring that you register for a course appropriate to your experience and skill and for AAB staff to learn more about you. AAB Diploma students will receive priority in registration. However, there is always room for new and returning students for most courses. Students are accepted into the academy through rolling admission – the sooner you apply, the better chance you will have of securing a spot.


Applicants will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of the Academy receiving a completed application, or by the date otherwise stated on the registration form. Upon acceptance to the Academy, students will receive a confirmation email with a copy of the AAB Student Handbook and instructions to pay their 50% tuition and housing deposit.

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Requirements for Student Registration


  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Can you receive text messages? (Y/N)
  • Do you want to receive email communications from the American Academy of Bookbinding, including course announcements, exhibition opportunities, equipment for sale, and other news? (Y/N)
  • Course selection (see website for current offerings and prerequisites)
  • Housing
    • Are you applying for AAB student housing? (Can select private room, shared room, private condo, or own accommodations. See website for current prices).
    • Are you willing to stay in a shared room if no private rooms are available? (Y/N)
    • Would you like to be connected to other students seeking housing, to try to arrange shared accommodations? (Y/N)
    • Gender (used to determine housing placement)



  • Do you have prior experience and wish to test out of Introduction to Bookbinding Level 1 or 2? (see Student Handbook for information on how to test out of courses)
    • Students wishing to test out of introductory courses will have the opportunity to attach photos of 3-5 bindings with a title, date completed, and a short description.
  • Please share a little about your bookbinding experience and what brought you to AAB (300 words max)
  • All new students have the opportunity to submit 3-5 photos of bindings or other artwork they’ve done. This is not required and is not a prerequisite for introductory classes, but it helps us get to know you better!


PAYMENT POLICY: You can expect a deposit email within 1-2 weeks of your application.

TUITION DEPOSIT: You’ll need to make a 50% deposit for tuition to confirm your class registration.

HOUSING DEPOSIT, NEW IN 2024: If you are staying in student housing, you will be required to make a 50% deposit, of which $200 is non-refundable.

PAYMENT PLANS: Both deposits are due within 7 days of receipt of the email with deposit instructions. If you are unable to pay all deposits at once, you may contact the office at to set up a payment plan. Please contact us before the deposit is due, otherwise you may risk losing your spot in the course.

Final payments will then be due 45 days before the course.

Online payment is preferred, but please contact us at or call 970-728-8649 if you would like to pay by check or money order.

Failure to provide a deposit may result in your space being filled by another applicant, unless other arrangements are made in advance.

TRANSFER AND CANCELLATION POLICY: If you have to cancel a class, please notify us as soon as possible.

Tuition payment is refunded in full for cancellations before 45 days, minus a $150 administration fee per course. If you’d like to transfer your tuition payment to another course in the same program year, you’ll be charged a $100 fee per course. Housing deposits will be refunded for cancellations before 45 days, minus the $200 nonrefundable portion per course.

No refunds will be issued for student cancellations within 45 days of the course.

If AAB is forced to cancel a class for any reason, students will receive full refunds or the opportunity to transfer their funds to an alternate course without paying the transfer fee.