General Application Procedure

We require the application process as a means of ensuring that you register for a class that is appropriate to your experience and skill, and for AAB staff to learn more about you. Students are accepted into the academy through rolling admission – the sooner you apply, the better chance you will have of securing a spot. Classes are limited to 8-10 students, and each student must apply to the Academy for acceptance into a class. Students are asked to submit a resume and a written statement detailing any previous experience and explaining their interest in the specific class. AAB Diploma students will receive priority in registration. However, all students whether returning or new are encouraged to apply.

Selective Admission Policy

Classes are limited to ten participants, and each student must apply to the Academy for acceptance into a class. Students are required to submit a resume and written statement about why they would like to attend the Academy. The application process is rolling admission and students are encouraged to apply early to ensure their participation in the class.


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. A list of tools and materials will be available as the class time approaches. In the event the number of applications exceeds the number of spaces in the class, AAB may institute a secondary selection process and students will be notified of their selection 45 days prior to the class time. The deposit will be refunded in full should this process eliminate a student’s ability to participate in the class and the student would be added to a waiting list in order of their original application.

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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 class. Failure to provide a tuition deposit, or a 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. Please make checks and money orders payable to the American Academy of Bookbinding, call the academy with payment information or visit to securely submit payment online.

For cancellations prior to 45 days, payment is refunded in full, minus a $150 administration fee. A $100 fee is applied for class transfers. No refunds will be issued for student cancellations within 45 days of the class. 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 class.

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