High School Programs: Tuition and Financial Assistance
Audit (noncredit) course: $425
1.0 college credit (juniors and seniors only): $1,327
Students provide their own supplies and will receive a material list on the first day of class. Supplies vary by class and can range from $50–$200.
Note: Tuition does not include supplies. Credit status must be declared prior to the second class.
Tuition Discounts (noncredit only)
Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) Members: $382
AIC members are eligible for a 10 percent discount on Early College Program courses. To receive this discount, a membership number and expiration date must be provided each semester at the time of registration.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Alumni: $318
Children of SAIC degree program alumni are eligible for a 25 percent discount on tuition for Early College Program courses. In order to receive this discount, a valid Alumni ID card number and graduation year must be provided at the time of registration.
Note: Only one AIC Member or SAIC Alumni discount may be applied to a student's account per semester. Discounts must be applied at the time of registration; discounts will not be applied retroactively, and refunds will not be issued to correct overpayment.
Financial Assistance is available in the form of need-based aid, scholarship opportunities where need is not a requirement, and employee tuition remission.
Note: Students must apply for financial assistance at the time of registration and cannot register by phone. Once registered for a particular term, students may not retroactively apply for financial assistance.
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.
Also available to students that demonstrate need, the Smith Scholarship covers a percentage of tuition based on available funds, can be applied to any class in the Early College Program, and is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Applicants must submit a completed financial aid form including school information and years attended, as well as financial documentation, a completed registration form, and $50 tuition deposit.
ECP Chicago Youth Artist Scholarship: Founded in 2012, the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship is a need- and merit-based fund that will benefit Chicago Public Schools high school students enrolled in the Early College Program. The scholarship will cover 100 percent tuition for a fall, spring, or summer class.
Download the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship Application Form [PDF]
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
In addition to need-based financial aid, the Early College Program awards two scholarships to qualified applicants where need is not a requirement: the Chicago Tribune Foundation Scholarship and the Dinorah and Jacques Guilois Memorial Scholarship.
Chicago Tribune Foundation Scholarship: Full-tuition scholarships available to Chicago Public School students enrolled in the Video: Exploring Film and Video course offered in conjunction with the Gene Siskel Film Center. To apply, students must submit a letter of recommendation from an art teacher and completed financial assistance and registration forms.
Dinorah and Jacques Guillois Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of Dinorah and Jacques Guillois, this scholarship provides funds to aid Hispanic high school juniors or seniors interested in figure drawing. Each spring, the recipient receives $150 toward tuition for one of the following classes: Figure Drawing, Figure Drawing with Color, or Figure Drawing: Portrait. For more information or to receive an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Calendar at left for current semester deadline.
Employee Tuition Remission
Employee Tuition Remission forms are due at the time of registration. Remission registration is a two-step process:
- Obtain an Employee Tuition Remission form in Human Resources at the Art Institute of Chicago, 116 South Michigan Avenue, 12th floor, or download from the AIC Intranet
- Submit completed Employee Tuition Remission and registration forms to Continuing Studies, 36 South Wabash Avenue, suite 1440
Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Human Resources at 312.629.3379 or email@example.com.