High School Programs: Tuition and Financial Assistance
Audit (noncredit) course: $425
1.0 college credit (students who have completed their sophomore year): $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 aid 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.
Grace and Walter Byron Smith Scholarship: The Smith Scholarship covers a percentage of tuition for any ECP course, and is awarded on a first come, first served basis. To be eligible, students must have attended a parochial high school in Illinois for at least one full academic year. Applicants must submit a completed financial aid form including the parochial high school and years attended, financial documentation, a completed registration form, and a $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 email@example.com.
See the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third-Party Billing and Sponsored Students
Third-party billing is when a company or government/outside agency has established special billing arrangements to cover tuition and/or fees for students that it sponsors. Continuing Studies must receive an authorization from the sponsoring agency before third-party billing can be processed. All billing authorizations—which may be a letter, purchase order, or voucher—must be on official agency letterhead and signed by an officer of the organization.
Payment by the sponsor must be made directly to Continuing Studies; agreements where payments are sent to the student cannot be honored. All authorizations must include the term that the authorization is in effect. Continuing Studies cannot accommodate any restrictions or contingencies on the authorization. For instance, if the agency requires transcript information before payment, Continuing Studies cannot authorize third-party billing.
All sponsored students are required to complete a Tuition Repayment Agreement (promissory note) in order to be registered for the class and to initiate third-party billing. In the event of nonpayment or partial payment by the third-party agency, the student will be charged for the unpaid amount. Third parties are invoiced after the class is confirmed to run. Payments must be made within 30 days of billing. If payment is not received within 30 days, the agency and the student will be notified, and the student will be billed for the unpaid amount as authorized on the Tuition Repayment Agreement. Any charges that are not paid by the sponsor are billed to the student.
See Forms and Downloads for a copy of the Tuition Repayment Agreement.