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. Upon acceptance to the academy, students will receive a confirmation email with a copy of the AAB Student Handbook and instructions to pay the 50% tuition deposit. As the course time approaches, a list of tools and materials will be available. Suppose the number of applications exceeds the number of spaces in the course. In that case, AAB will institute a secondary selection process by adding students to a waitlist. Students that are waitlisted will be notified of their selection 45 days before the course start date. The deposit will be refunded in full should this process eliminate a student’s ability to participate in the course.

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Payment & Cancellation Policy

A 50% tuition deposit is required to confirm registration upon acceptance. Final payments are due 45 days before the course. Failure to provide a tuition deposit, or final payment, may result in your space being filled by another applicant unless other arrangements are made in advance. We accept personal checks, money orders, and all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

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Please make them payable to the American Academy of Bookbinding if you prefer to pay by check or money order. You can also call the academy with payment information.

Payment is refunded in full for cancellations before 45 days, minus a $150 administration fee. A $100 fee is applied for course transfers. 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.