In addition to any federal, state, or internal scholarships from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), we suggest that students explore outside scholarships as an additional source of funding for their education well in advance of the term for which the funding is desired. Outside scholarship payment and relevant criteria should be sent directly to the Student Financial Services office. Please do NOT send correspondence or the scholarship payment to the Bursar's office as it will delay processing.

Student or Parent Affiliations

We recommend beginning the process as early as 12–14 months in advance of the term for which the funding is desired. Start by asking questions and researching organizations students and their parents belong to and professional, religious, and community affiliations they may have to inquire about scholarship availability.

Online Sources

Here are some websites that offer online scholarship searches based on profile information provided by the student:


List Compiled by SAIC Staff

This list of outside scholarships researched by SAIC staff members contains scholarships for which you may qualify. This information was gathered by conducting a scholarship search through one or more of the online scholarship searches, as well as information received at SAIC from organizations offering scholarships. It is not limited to organizations through which SAIC students have received funding.

Outside Scholarship Processing and Instructions

Students receiving grants, scholarships, or awards from a source other than SAIC must notify the Student Financial Services office of these awards. The notification to SAIC should include the name of the organization sending the funds, name of a contact person and phone number at the organization and the dollar amount the student will receive. Students should inform the organization sending the funds to SAIC that their name and student ID number should appear on all correspondence related to the scholarship, grant, or award. Please be sure to send this information/payment to the Student Financial Services office and NOT to the Bursar's Office, as this will delay processing of these funds. SAIC is required by law to consider these awards as a part of the student's financial aid package (529 plans are not included). It may be necessary for SAIC to adjust the award package to meet federal, state, and institutional awarding policies. Scholarship letters that provide detailed information will allow the amount to be listed as "Anticipated Aid" on the student's bills and statements. This will decrease the amount due (if any) to SAIC before classes start.