Thank you for your interest in our 27 Week Interior Design certificate program. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and significant spike of positive cases in our local community, our school building is currently closed for student access until further notice. The great news is that we are currently operating our classes 100% online with what we call “Remote Classroom”. This is where students connect to live lectures, discussions with other students, and group learning activities in an interactive setting, but from the safety of their own home. Our Remote Classroom operation is 100% approved by ACCSC, the State of Arizona, and the Department of Education for any new enrollments until at least the end of 2020. We are currently applying for a permanent approval to offer distance learning in case coronavirus remains a health crisis into 2021. The health and safety of our AIID community is our highest priority and we thank you in advance for your understanding of our new operating model as we navigate this unprecedented health crisis.
Please know that we have invested tremendous time and resources over the last few years to update our curriculum completely for distance learning course delivery. Our preparation for online courses started long before coronavirus impacted our school in March of this year. We feel that our updated curriculum is ready for prime time and is a significant advantage for our students to learn modern techniques and computer-based tools that are currently utilized in the field of Interior Design. Examples include SketchUp software used in Computer-Aided Drafting & Space Planning and creating Digital Color and Mood Boards for student portfolios.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best source to get local, national and international coronavirus updates?
For broader information regarding the coronavirus, there are several good sources; we recommend reviewing updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and, locally, the Arizona Department of Health Services, https://azdhs.gov/index.php.
With AIID recently receiving funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, how does it intend to distribute those resources?
Funds will be made available to students who were enrolled in class during March, April, May, June 2020, and who are eligible for Title IV funds (see description below).
AIID will use EFC data garnered from the 2019-20 FAFSA to create a tiered system for students with an EFC of zero up to $20,000. Depending on their qualifying coronavirus related expenses incurred, students can receive the entire amount for which they are eligible or a smaller amount that does not exceed their expenses. Students may also decline funds, which will then be repurposed for other students in need who meet all eligibility criteria.
All students must certify they incurred expenses related to the disruption of classroom-based activities due to the coronavirus. These include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare costs.
U.S. Department of Education Eligibility Requirements for CARES funding:
- These requirements will be verified by AIID through submitted FAFSA documents.
- U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
- Valid Social Security number
- Registered with Selective Service if the student is a male
- Earned a high school diploma, GED or completed high school in an approved homeschool setting
- Student is not in default on a Title IV loan
- Certification of a statement of educational purpose
- Student does not owe a refund on grants previously received at any college
- Maintaining the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards
- Student has not been convicted of a crime involving fraud in obtaining Federal financial aid
- Student has not been convicted of a drug offense while receiving Federal financial aid
The amounts available to eligible students was allocated as follows:
August 12, 2020 - Update on CARES Act funds disbursement
- The American Institute of Interior Design acknowledges that on April 11, 2020, we signed and returned to the Department of Education the required Certification and Agreement that states the institution intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The balance will help offset the significant costs incurred to modify and continue services to students impacted by the pandemic.
- On April 29, 2020, the American Institute of Interior Design received $23,639 from the Department of Education pursuant to our Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- These will be automatic awards, no application will be necessary, with funds awarded directly to students based on their 2019/2020 FAFSA EFC score. The awards range from $750 to $1,400. The first distribution of funds to students began on July 29, 2020. As of August 12, 2020, $18,200 has been distributed to 14 students.
- As of August 12, 2020, a total of 18 students could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
October 30, 2020 - Update on CARES Act funds disbursement
The Sept. 30, 2020, Quarterly Budget and Expenditure CARES Act Report is available. The report includes a portion of expenses incurred by AIID to support continuity of operations for our students during the pandemic and that are being reimbursed from the institutional portion of CARES Act funds.
Is the AIID classroom currently open?
NO, the AIID classroom is closed, but the courses are being taught by “remote classroom”. We hope to be able to open up the classroom to students again soon.
The Governor of Arizona has recently implemented new restrictions on some businesses and gathering in groups, and we feel it is our duty to follow suit. In light of this reality, we have decided it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our AIID community to close our classroom until there is a significantly reduced rate of COVID-19 spread in our local area. We would like to be part of the solution and not the problem and do our part to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Arizona. Keeping our AIID community safe is our duty and highest priority.
Is AIID currently enrolling new students?
Absolutely! This is a great time to join AIID and begin training towards your new career in Interior Design. Even though our classroom is currently closed, we are holding classes online until at least the end of 2020.
What about confirmed cases in the AIID community?
Any member of the AIID community who shows symptoms of COVID-19 is required to self-isolate upon showing symptoms. Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not wait until they are tested or receive test results to begin self-isolating. Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should also self-isolate.
Regardless of where the individual lives, the health care protocol is the same for anyone who has tested positive: self-isolation for the period of time necessary per Maricopa County Health Department guidance (currently 10 days plus no symptoms for three days), regular (remote) health screenings, no-contact food delivery, and (remote) personal and emotional support.
What are AIID's COVID-19 Policies and Procedures?
AIID school facilities are closed to students. If you need to visit our campus for any reason, please make an appointment with Judy to do so and you will need to have face covering on and get your temperature checked upon entering the building.
When the classroom reopens, must I return to class to take courses?
Important: Please note the classroom is currently closed, but if conditions allow the classroom to be re-opened, we are NOT requiring our students to return to the classroom if they are not comfortable doing so. AIID will continue to operate our remote classroom until further notice. We highly recommend that students with underlying health conditions and/or vulnerable loved ones at home to participate in the online classes until further notice.