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 Policy

We will begin sending out emails with instructions for deposit payments the week of January 22. Please wait until after January 29 to inquire about your enrollment status. If applying after January 29, 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.

If you indicated that you are applying for a scholarship, you will not be required to pay a deposit until after you receive your scholarship notification on March 15, 2024. 

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

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.