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Tuition and Fees

Session 1

Two weeks, Monday, June 16–Friday, June 27

Tuition: $2,654—two college credits, includes $100 nonrefundable deposit

Housing + Meals: $680 housing + $150 meals = $830
(Note: Housing is optional, but the meal plan is required for students that live on campus.)

Additional expenses *


Session 2

Two weeks, Monday, July 7–Friday, July 18

Tuition: $2,654—two college credits, includes $100 nonrefundable deposit

Housing + Meals: $680 housing + $150 meals = $830
(Note: Housing is optional, but the meal plan is required for students that live on campus.)

Additional expenses *


Session 3

Two weeks, Monday, July 21–Friday, August 1

Tuition: $2,654—two college credits, includes $100 nonrefundable deposit

Housing + Meals: $680 housing + $150 meals = $830
(Note: Housing is optional, but the meal plan is required for students that live on campus.)

Additional expenses *


Session 4

Four weeks, Monday, July 7–Friday, August 1

Tuition: $5,308—four college credits, includes $100 nonrefundable deposit

Housing + Meals: $1,360 + $300 meals = $1,660
(Note: Housing is optional, but the meal plan is required for students that live on campus.)

Additional expenses *


* Note: Students may spend more or less than the recommended amounts listed above. Supply costs vary for each course and are determined in part by students' individual projects and material choices.


Refund Policy

All withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing to ecp@saic.edu 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.

Refunds take four to six weeks to process, depending on payment type.

Note: No tuition will be refunded, and financial aid and merit scholarships may be revoked, if a student is asked to leave the program for violations of policies or regulations.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available in the form of need-based aid and merit scholarships, as well as employee tuition remission. 

Note: Students must apply for financial assistance at the time of registration. Once registered, students may not retroactively apply for financial assistance.

Need-Based Aid

Limited need-based aid is available on a first come, first served basis. To be considered for financial aid, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed ECP Summer Institute registration materials including: Registration Form-1; Medical History Report & Consent for Medical Treatment-2; Field Trip, Photographic Consent & Student Disclosure of Criminal Convictions-3; Rules of Conduct-4.1 and 4.2; and Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship Form-5 (including course choice and signature).
  2. Financial documentation, which 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.
  3. $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit.

Note: Financial aid is available to US residents only. International students may apply for a merit scholarship.

Merit Scholarships

In addition to need-based financial aid, the ECP Summer Institute also awards merit scholarships to qualified applicants. To be considered for a merit scholarship, students must complete all ECP Summer Institute registration materials and:

  1. Create a SlideRoom account at saicscholarships.slideroom.com.
  2. Load six to 10 images of your best artwork in the ECP SI portfolio category.
  3. Check the “Applying for a merit scholarship” box on Registration Form-1.

Artwork may be in any medium, regardless of class choice. Creative writing merit scholarship submissions may be imported in SlideRoom as PDFs. There is no separate merit scholarship application form. Artwork is only required for merit scholarship consideration NOT admission into the program.

Grace and Walter Byron Smith Scholarship

The Smith Scholarship covers a percentage of tuition for any ECP course, including the ECP Summer Institute, 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. 

To be considered for the Smith Scholarship, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed ECP Summer Institute registration materials including: Registration Form-1; Medical History Report & Consent for Medical Treatment-2; Field Trip, Photographic Consent & Student Disclosure of Criminal Convictions-3; Rules of Conduct-4.1 and 4.2; and Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship Form-5 (including course choice and signature).
  2. Financial documentation, which 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.
  3. $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit.

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 hrrecords@artic.edu.

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 the 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.