Need-based Aid

Limited need-based aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must submit a completed financial assistance form, financial documentation, a completed registration form, and $50 tuition deposit. Financial documentation may include a copy of the family's most recent tax return, proof of unemployment, Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) medical card.

Download the CW-MSP-ECP Financial Aid Form [PDF]

Registration and Payment

Note: Registration will not be accepted prior to the start of the registration period.

Registration is accepted by fax, in person, by mail, and phone on a first-come, first-served basis. A completed registration form and payment in full is required at the time of registration. Note: Online registration and payment is not currently available.

Continuing Studies accepts checks, credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), and money orders. If paying by check or money order, please make payable to SAIC and include the student’s name, ID number (if available), and term.

Registration will not be accepted following the second class.

Students in the Early College Program are expected to adhere to the Student Rights and Responsibilities-Early College Program/ECP Summer Institute available on the Forms and Downloads page. 


Students enrolled for credit in the Early College Program are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled time, arrive prepared, and successfully complete all assignments. Students with more than two unexcused absences or who do not complete assignments may not receive credit for a course. SAIC functions under a credit (CR)/no credit (NCR) grading system. Multiple absences or habitual tardiness for students taking audited classes will not be tolerated and may prevent participation.

Cancellations and Schedule Changes

Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel or alter the fees, schedule, or staffing of courses when circumstances warrant. If a cancellation or change is necessary, students will be notified prior to the first class, and students enrolled in canceled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund.

Note: Courses with low enrollment may be canceled a week or more prior to the start date, thus early registration is encouraged.

Refund Policy

All withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing to and include the student's name, ID number, and course information. The date the request is received in writing is the date used to calculate the refund amount.


Supplies are the responsibility of the student. While the Early College Program will provide some basic materials, students will receive a supply list on the first day of class; the student must obtain the items on this list. The cost of supplies varies by course, and can range from $50–$200.

Wait List Procedures for Continuing Studies

If you are interested in registering for a course that is full, you can request to be added to the waitlist verbally or via email. Please provide a preferred contact phone number with your request. Students are not automatically added to the wait list.

If a spot becomes available in the course, Continuing Studies (CS) will contact the first person on the wait list via their preferred phone number. CS will not contact the student via email. If the student does not answer, CS will leave a voice mail message.

To accept a spot on the wait list, call 312.629.6170. If a staff member does not answer the phone, leave a voice mail message confirming your decision. Messages are checked regularly and each message is time stamped. Responses will not be accepted via email.

If the spot has not been accepted by 9:00 a.m. the following business day, CS will contact the second person on the wait list. A voice mail will be left if the person does not answer. At that point, the spot will be given to which ever student responds first. The process will continue until someone has accepted the spot or until everyone on the wait list has been called.

Students will only be added to the wait list if they have a registration form on file.