Congratulations on being admitted to the nation's most influential art and design school! We look forward to welcoming you to our community of emerging artists, designers, and visual scholars this fall.

Declaration of Intent

Please complete the Declaration of Intent - Graduate online form as soon as possible to let us know whether you will be joining us.

Step 1: Activate Your Artic Account

In order to make online deposits, view financial aid, and review billing information, you will need to activate your ARTIC account. This account will also provide you with access to your SAIC email, Self Service, library databases, and much more.

Please note that you will need your SAIC ID number  in order to complete this process.

Activate your account here

For more information about your ARTIC account, visit the help desk website or contact Technical Support at 312.345.3535 or

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

You will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at, using our school code 001753 to be eligible for need-based financial aid (such as SAIC, state, and federal grants; loan opportunities; and Work-Study). We encourage you to file your FAFSA early, as some types of assistance are limited and may have early deadlines.

  • We encourage you to file the FAFSA even if you aren't sure you will qualify for financial aid.
  • You may complete your 2016–17 FAFSA with an estimate of your 2015 income tax if you have not yet filed your taxes. But, you must update the FAFSA when the actual tax information is available using the IRS Data Retrieval option available on the FAFSA.
  • International students do not file the FAFSA.

In early March, SAIC begins awarding financial aid for eligible students who have completed the FAFSA. An official award letter outlining your financial aid will be sent to you once your file has been reviewed and your eligibility has been determined.

Outside Scholarships

We recommend searching sources like or speaking with your college counselor about other local scholarship opportunities. Also consider scholarships offered by any professional, community, or religious organizations of which you are a member. For additional outside scholarship sources and information, visit our Financial Aid site.

Important Dates

March 1, 2016 FAFSA filing priority deadline 
March 1, 2016 SAIC begins mailing awards for Fall 2016
July 1, 2016 Priority deadline for completing 2016–17 loan entrance counseling session and loan applications

In early March, SAIC begins awarding financial aid for eligible students who have completed the FAFSA. An official award letter outlining your financial aid package will be sent to you once your file has been reviewed and your eligibility has been determined.

Questions? Our financial aid advisors are here at every step in the process to help you finance your education at SAIC. Do not hesitate to contact us at 312.629.6600, or email us at

Step 3: Make Your Tuition Deposit

The $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit must be made by the date posted on your admissions letter in order to secure your space for the incoming class.

To make your tuition deposit:

(SAIC recommends you use Firefox or Internet Explorer. Remember to turn off your pop up blocker)

  1. Visit
  2. Click the "Self-Service" button under Quicklinks.
  3. Enter your login information.
  4. Under "My Account", select "CASHNet—Payment, Pay Plans & eRefunds"*
  5. Select "Make a payment or ARTICard Deposit"
  6. Select "Enrollment Deposit"

*If you have been enrolled at SAIC prior to applying to the program for which you are depositing, please select “Account Inquiry > Make Payment” to access CASHNet instead of using the CASHNet link.

Though online payment is the preferred method for paying your tuition deposit, you may also send a check or money order to:

SAIC Graduate Admissions
36 S. Wabash, suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603

Questions? Contact the Admissions office at 312.629.6100, 800.232.7242 or

Step 4: Secure Housing

Off-Campus Housing

SAIC is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, easily accessible from many of the city's historic and diverse neighborhoods. The Residence Life office staff can serve as a resource to you as you seek off-campus housing.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has partnered with to provide students a free and effective online off-campus housing search database. Because the free database is provided exclusively for SAIC students, you will be asked to go through a simple registration process and your password will be sent to your SAIC email address within seconds.

Residence Life has also created the off-campus housing guide for your convenience. This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of apartment searching within the city of Chicago. The guide also provides a number of important phone numbers and other contact information for essential utilities such as Commonwealth Edison and People's Gas. 


On-Campus Housing

Housing invitation offers are sent on a weekly, rolling basis to admitted students. Your invitation letter provides your username and password information for the Residence Life Application site.

Students who wish to live on campus should:

  1. Log in to the Residence Life Application site
  2. Enter preferences for building, room, bed type and lifestyle choices
  3. Mail or fax a signed copy of your housing contract to:

The School of the Art Institute, Attention: Residence Life Office
36 S. Wabash Ave. suite 1203
Chicago, IL 60603

  1. Pay your $550 housing payment through SAIC Self-Service. A link to Self-Service is provided under the Quick Links section on the Student Dashboard. You may also send a check or money order to the Residence Life office at the address above.
  2. Once the Residence Life office has received and processed your signed housing contract and prepayment, you will receive and email notification to your SAIC email account that you have secured a space on campus.
  3. Room assignments and roommate contact information will be available the second week of August.

Fall 2016 Move-In Dates

International New Students: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Domestic New Students: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Jones Hall Residents: New Domestic Students may arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

162 North State Street Residences Residents: New Domestic Students will be assigned times to arrive based on their room assignments. This will be available to the move-in date.

Learn more about SAIC Housing here


Contact Residence Life at 312.629.6870 or

Step 5: Register for Classes

Schedule a registration appointment:
Beginning March 31, contact the Academic Advisor listed below. Registration will begin April 11, and appointments are available on a first come, first served basis.

Phone registration:
If you schedule a phone appointment, your Academic Advisor will call you at a phone number you designate to help select your courses. Appointments will last between 30–45 minutes.

You may also come to campus and meet with your Academic Advisor to register for classes. Beginning March 31, you may schedule your appointment for in-person registration sessions that will begin on April 11.

MFA, MDes, and Post-Bacc Studio ProgramsContact NamePhone/Email
Architecture Ryan Deemer 312.629.6621
Art and Technology Jeff Armstrong 312.345.3539
Ceramics Rana Siegel 312.443.4750
Design for Emerging Technologies Ryan Deemer 312.629.6621
Designed Objects Ryan Deemer 312.629.6621
Fiber and Material Studies Stacia Yeapanis 312.899.7407
Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Jeff Armstrong 312.345.3539
Low Residency MFA Michal Lynn Shumate 312.759.1643
Painting and Drawing—MFA only Eric Lebofsky 312.345.3593
Painting and Drawing—Post-Bacc only Patrick "Q" Quilao 312.629.6105
Performance Rana Siegel 312.443.4750
Photography Aimee Beaubien 312.443.7277
Printmedia Rana Seigel 312.443.4750
Sculpture Rana Seigel 312.443.4750
Sound Jeff Armstrong 312.345.3539
Visual Communication Design BJ Krivanek and Anne Nepokroeff 312.899.5135
MFA in Writing Amber Da 312.499.4090
MDes and Post-Bacc Fashion, Body and Garment (FBG) Conrad Hamather and Michelle Maynard 312.629.6710
MA and MS ProgramsContact NamePhone/Email
Arts Administration & Policy Elyse Allen 312.345.3788
Art Education Rebecca Keller 312.899.7481
Art Teaching Adam Greteman 312.899.7481
Art Therapy Randy Vick 312.899.7481
Dual Degree—Arts Administration & Policy and Modern and Contemporary Art History Elyse Allen 312.345.3788
Historic Preservation Anne Sullivan and Patrick "Q" Quilao 312.499.4943
Modern and Contemporary Art History Elyse Allen 312.345.3788
New Arts Journalism Elyse Allen 312.345.3788
Visual and Critical Studies Teena McClelland 312.345.3787
AIADO ProgramsContact NamePhone/Email
Master of Architecture Ryan Deemer 312.629.6621
Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture Ryan Deemer 312.629.6621
Master of Design in Designed Objects Ryan Deemer 312.629.6621

Step 6: Payment Information

Make Payment Arrangements

Student Financial Services is dedicated to helping you through the process of financing your education at SAIC and has provided multiple ways to manage your payments, including payment plans which stretch your tuition payments over the course of the semester.

Beginning in July, tuition and fee bills will be mailed monthly if you have a balance due, or if you have had account activity since the last monthly bill. AIADO laptop charges will be billed separately.

Payment in full or payment arrangements of any balance not covered by financial aid is required prior to the start of each semester in order to avoid late fees, restriction of access on campus, and prevention from future registration and release of academic transcripts/diplomas.

Bills are sent to your billing address as listed in SAIC Self-Service. If a billing address is not available, your bill will be mailed to your permanent address.

Payment Options

Cash, Check or Money Order (Made Payable in U.S. Currency)

  • Mail: SAIC's Bursar's Office, 37 S. Wabash, suite 245, Chicago, IL 60603
  • In-person: SAIC's Bursar's Office, Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Credit Card, ACH (Automated/Electronic Check Handling), Wire Transfer

  • Made online through CASHNet in SAIC Self-Service—All major credit cards are accepted.
  • To allow other people to make payments, you will need to set up an authorized user account for them.
  • A service fee is charged for credit card payments, but not for ACH payments.
  • To pay by wire transfer, obtain a conversion rate quote in CASHNet and take it to your lending institution to have the funds sent to SAIC.

Tuition and Fee Payment Plan

  • Four payment semester plan available through CASHNet in SAIC Self-Service for fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters
  • Three payment semester plans available for summer 2017 semester
  • Payment plan enrollment fee — $50 per semester
  • Enroll online through SAIC Self-Service

Important Dates:

  • Early July: Fall charges and payment plans available
  • Late July: First fall bill mailed
  • August 1: AIADO students ONLY—Laptop payment in full or laptop payment arrangements due
  • Early August: Tuition payments or payment arrangements due
  • August 31: Health insurance waivers due to Student Financial Services



Student Financial Services
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.629.6600
Fax: 312.629.6601


Step 7: Health Insurance and Immunization

Immunization Records

Illinois State law requires proof of immunization for all college students enrolled for six or more credits per semester. Proof of immunization is due to Health Services on July 1.

Download the Certificate of Immunity and the Admission Health Record Packet at and return the required forms by email to, fax to 312.499.4290, or mail as soon as possible to the Health Services office at:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Attention: Health Services
116 S. Michigan Ave., 13th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603


Contact the SAIC Health Services Office at 312.499.4288 or

Review Health Insurance

Learn more about SAIC's health insurance policy here.

Accept or Waive Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage is required for all full-time domestic graduate students and for all international students. If you wish to accept SAIC's coverage you need not do anything further and the charge will be applied to your account. Visit for more information.

You may waive health insurance by doing the following:

  1. Complete a waiver form by the end of the first day of classes (available at; AND
  2. Provide proof that your coverage meets SAIC's minimum standards; AND
  3. Allow SAIC's designee, Academic HealthPlans, to verify your coverage.

Please note: If you are a full-time domestic student and then drop to part-time before the end of the add/drop period, the health insurance charge will automatically be removed from your account and health insurance coverage will not be provided. Health insurance coverage can be reinstated if you request health insurance online through

Step 8: Transcripts

Send Final Transcripts

Final transcripts are due in the Admissions office prior to the start of the fall semester. 

Mail transcripts to:

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Graduate Admissions
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603

Step 9: Attend Orientation

Attend Orientation 

All incoming graduate and post-baccalaureate students are required to attend Orientation.  Please see the Graduate Orientation Website for detailed information on New Graduate Student Orientation, International Graduate Student Orientation, Information Sessions, and the All Graduate Student Reception.

Important Dates

International New Graduate Student Orientation

Summer 2016 International Student Orientation
(AIADO Boot Camp and Post-Bacc Fashion students):
July 7, 2016

Fall 2016 Graduate International Student Orientation:
August 26, 2016

Optional ARTICard and U-Pass Pick-Up TBA
Mandatory Studio Orientation for MFAs Monday, August 29, 2016 10:00–11:00 a.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
Mandatory Departmental Orientations for New Graduate Students Schedules vary: contact your department's Administrative Director for details.
New Graduate Student Reception Monday, August 29, 2016 5:00–7:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Step 10: ArtiCard, U-Pass, Text Books And Supplies


The ARTICard is SAIC's mandatory identification card which provides access to facilities, equipment, and library books, as well as providing debit card capabilities on campus and at select off-campus sites. It can be used to make copies, print projects, do laundry, purchase books and supplies, and buy food. There is no membership fee, service charge or minimum balance. The balance carries over from semester to semester, year to year until the account is closed.

Deposits to your ARTICard can be made by cash or check at the ARTICard Office, via mail by check or money order (ARTICard Office, 37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603), or online with a credit card or electronic check (see instructions for depositing online at Make checks payable to SAIC.

Questions? Contact ARTICard/U-Pass office at 312.629.9362 or

Ventra U-Pass

The U-Pass entitlement, loaded onto a Ventra U-Pass card, allows full-time students unlimited use of CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) bus and rail transportation each fall and spring semester. The U-Pass entitlement is not offered during the summer and winter terms. The Ventra U-Pass card can be used as a full fare card whenever the U-Pass entitlement is not active. The cost of the U-Pass entitlement is $135 per semester, a savings of over $200 when compared with regular CTA fares.

This mandatory fee is automatically charged to all full-time students' tuition and fee accounts each semester. A one-time $5 fee, which covers the cost of the card, will also be charged to each full-time student's account for the initial issuance of the Ventra U-Pass card. The Ventra U-Pass is distributed during the first week of school and should be kept for subsequent semesters. Incoming transfer students who hold a Ventra U-Pass card from their previous school can contact the ARTICard office to have their card information transferred to SAIC.

Questions? Contact the ARTICard/U-Pass office at 312.629.9362 or

Text Books

The DePaul University/Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, located at the corner of Jackson Blvd. and State St. (1 East Jackson Boulevard), is SAIC's designated primary provider for textbooks and course packet services. The store provides a space in the textbook area of the lower level for all SAIC class book titles and course packets (all SAIC books and course packets are found under the department "SAIC" and are then organized alphabetically by SAIC department). The store accepts ARTICard for purchases, and also buys and sells used textbooks.

You can also access SAIC class book lists at Select "Art Institute/SAIC." Once you have selected your search type (new, used, etc.), select the term you are searching for—the term will include "SAIC" in the name. You may then search by department and course number.

Please note: Many courses may not have books or supplies listed until the beginning of the semester.

DePaul University/Barnes and Noble College Bookstore Operating Hours

Class Supplies

During the weeks leading up to the start of classes and/or during the first week of class, faculty may share syllabi and suggested course supplies on Canvas. Blick Art Supplies is located on 42 South State Street, across from SAIC's 33 South State Street Sullivan Center entrance. 

For more information regarding Blick Art Supplies including store hours, visit the Blick website.

Step 11: Teaching Assistantships and Jobs

Finding a Job

The Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) office assists students in finding on-campus, Work-Study jobs (which begin to be posted in late July/early August) as well as finding off-campus employment.

Starting with your first semester, you should make use of CAPX resources including: developing career strategies; preparing resumes and portfolios; finding funding and writing grant proposals; pursuing exhibition opportunities and developing networking and interviewing skills.

Questions? Contact the CAPX office at 312.629.6820 or

Teaching Assistantships (TAs) at SAIC

There are Teaching Assistantship positions (TAs) open every semester in most studio and academic departments, and all graduate students are eligible to apply. TA positions are much like part-time work in that they are paid hourly rather than in exchange for tuition costs and do not involve a stipend. Three to six hours of class time per week is required along with additional preparatation time outside of class. These positions are primarily meant to provide students with valuable teaching experience and to offset a portion of living expenses. It is likely that all interested students will be a TA for at least one or two semesters over the course of their time at SAIC. Some TA spots are held for incoming graduate students, and there are occasionally other undergraduate teaching opportunities. 

Students must apply via SAIC Launch by the semiannual deadlines. Semiannual application deadlines and information on how to apply is posted online and emailed to all graduate students in the spring and fall.

Pay Rates

A graduate student will be paid $20.00/hour for teaching his/her own class (TAA), and $12.00/hour for assisting a full- or part-time instructor (TAB). Federal Work-Study eligibility is not required for TA positions.

Contact the CAPX office at 312.629.6820 or for more information about Teaching Assistantships.