There are many resources available to help you finance your education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). If you plan to seek financial aid to help cover your tuition costs, your first step is to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which will help determine your eligibility for any need-based aid. Use the links below to learn more about the FAFSA and the variety of programs and resources available to you.


FAFSA on the Web
This is the official website of the online FAFSA form where you can complete your application, use online chat if you have any questions during the process, and receive a PIN number that will provide you access to personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. (English/Spanish)

Is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. 

Federal Student Aid
Federal website that provides information on how to prepare for college, types of aid, who can get aid, the FAFSA aid application, repaying your loans and more.

Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
Visit the the NASFAA (National Association of Financial Aid Administrators) website to learn about the Lifetime Learning Credit, which may be claimed for qualified tuition and related expenses.

American Opportunity Tax Credit
Learn whether you are eligible for the American Opportunity tax credit by visiting the the NASFAA (National Association of Financial Aid Administrators) website. 

Federal Student Guide
The U.S. Department of Education offers a free, downloadable guide in English and Spanish called Funding Education Beyond High School. Click the link to download your free copy.

Social Security Administration

Student Aid Alliance
The Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of 77 higher education organizations that support increased funding for federal student aid programs.

Students can access their federal financial aid history at this website, including borrowing history.


Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
ISAC is a state organization charged with making a college education accessible and affordable for Illinois students. It offers Illinois residents a variety of grants and scholarships based on financial need, loan repayment and forgiveness programs, and a prepaid tuition program.

Illinois Department of Human Services

Voter Registration
If you are eligible, you are encouraged to participate in the country’s political process by registering to vote. You are encouraged to vote with an absentee ballot from your home state, or to register to vote in Illinois. In compliance with federal statutes, SAIC makes Illinois voter registration information available in the following places: the Registration and Records office, the Office of Student Affairs, and Student Financial Services. To obtain information regarding voter registration in Illinois, go to and as well as SAIC's voter information page at