Federal/State Grants and Outside Scholarships

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) administers a number of grant programs to help students with the cost of tuition. Grants are awarded to students based on financial need and do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are often awarded based on merit and not need. We also encourage students to seek outside scholarship opportunities and have compiled a list of resources to help students in their search.

Please reference the resource links to the left under the Federal/State Grants and Outside Scholarships section to learn more. Please note that generally, gift aid (traditionally grants, scholarships and any other aid that does not have to be repaid) may not exceed tuition each semester.


An extensive list of graduate school scholarships for LGBTQ students, MBA students, students with disabilities, veterans and women, as well as information on other ways to garner additional financial aid for graduate school.  


Graduate certificates can be an excellent alternative to master's degrees that still give students and professionals additional training, knowledge and skills they can use to advance their careers and personal interests. While those with graduate certificates can see an increase in pay down the road, they still need to cover the immediate cost of advancing their educations. Luckily, there are many ways prospective students can finance their graduate certificates.