Declaration of Intent

Please complete the undergraduate Declaration of Intent online form as soon as possible to let us know whether you will be joining us at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Declaration of Intent Form

Activate Your ARTIC Online 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 (included in your admission letter) in order to complete this process. 

Activate your account here.

For more information about your ARTIC account, visit the online help desk website.

Once you have activated your account, visit the Current Students Dashboard to access Self-Service and your email through Google Apps.

Contact SAIC's Computer Resources and Information Technology (CRIT) help desk at 312.345.3535 or

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.

Merit Scholarship 

You will be considered for SAIC’s merit scholarships based on a holistic review of your application—and not on need—once you have been admitted to SAIC. No additional paperwork or applications are necessary.

Outside Scholarships

We recommend searching sources like or speaking with your high school or 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 information, visit our financial aid website.

Important Dates

Spring 2015

Students should file 2014–15 FAFSA for spring 2015: as soon as possible after applying
Student Financial Services begins mailing award letters: November 15
Priority deadline for completing loan application: December 1

Fall 2015

You may access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1, 2015

Priority deadline for filing the 2015–16 FAFSA: March 1

*For Illinois residents, the priority FAFSA deadline is February 1. The earlier date is to help ensure residents who may qualify for the Monetary Award Program (MAP grant) are fully considered.

SAIC begins mailing awards for fall 2015: March 1
Priority deadline for completing loan applications: July 1

SAIC awards 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.  

Our financial aid advisors are here at every step in the process to help you finance your education at SAIC. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 312.629.6600, or email us at

For more information, visit our financial aid website.