The ARTICard is the identification card for SAIC students, faculty, and staff. It provides access to campus buildings and school privileges and also allows cardholders to purchase items and services at select locations on and off campus.

By depositing money onto the card, it can be used to make copies, print projects, do laundry, purchase books and supplies, and buy food on and off campus. There is no membership fee, service charge, or minimum balance. The balance carries over from semester to semester, year to year until the account is closed.

The ARTICard is your permanent ID card. As long as you are registered for classes or employed by the Art Institute of Chicago, your ARTICard is valid, and you are eligible for all of its privileges.

Getting your first ARTICard is fast and easy. Simply visit the ARTICard/U-Pass Office, read and sign the ARTICard Terms and Conditions [PDF], and take a picture. If you are under 18 and taking part in the Continuing Studies summer programs, please read and sign the ARTICard Terms & Conditions for Youth Programs [PDF]. In less than a minute, the card is yours. You can also deposit money to your ARTICard account at the same time.

Extended Hours for Continuing Studies Students

The ARTICard office will have extended hours to help Continuing Studies students obtain their IDs for the upcoming spring session. The office will be open on February 6, 10, 11, and 12 from 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. We will also be open on Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9 from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. For all other days, please refer to our regular business hours.

ARTICard Depositing Options

On Campus at a Value Transfer Station or the ARTICard/U-Pass Office.

Cardholders can deposit cash and have it immediately post to their ARTICard Accounts at one of six campus Value Transfer Stations.

Cardholders can deposit cash amounts over $50 or checks for any amount in the ARTICard/U-Pass Office.

Checks for ARTICard Deposits can be mailed to:

ARTICard/U-Pass Office
Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 254
Chicago, IL 60603

ARTICard online depositing has changed!


For students:

  1. Login to Self-Service by visiting saic.edu/students and clicking the Self-Service icon under Quicklinks.
  2. Under the Finances section, you will see a link to "CASHNet – Payments, set up Authorized Users."  Click on this link, and a new window will open; please allow for pop-ups
  3. Under "Your Account" click Make a Payment or ARTICard Deposit
  4. Click ARTICard Deposit (Add funds to Campus ID Card)
  5. Enter Deposit Amount (Maximum of $2,000)
  6. Click Checkout
  7. Select Method of Payment and click Continue Checkout
  8. Review and accept fees and click Continue Checkout
  9. Enter Credit Card or banking information and click Continue Checkout
  10. Confirm information and charges and click Submit Payment

For parent or guardian:

Before a parent or guardian may deposit through CashNet, the account holder (student) must set them up as an Authorized user. Students may do this through PeopleSoft Self Service.

Setting up an Authorized User account:

  1. Login to Self-Service by visiting saic.edu/students and clicking the Self-Service icon under Quicklinks.
  2. Under the Finances section, you will see a link to "CASHNet – Payments, set up Authorized Users."  Click on this link, and a new window will open; please allow for pop-ups
  3. In the Parent PINs section, select Add New
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Authorized User registration. Remember that students must give the login ID, password, and website listed in CASHNet to the authorized user
  5. The Authorized User will receive their user name and temporary password at the email address provided
  6. Click the Help button for additional assistance

Make deposits as an Authorized user:

  1. Log-In as an Authorized User commerce.cashnet.com/saicpay
  2. Under "Your Account" click Make a Payment or ARTICard Deposit
  3. Under "You May Also Select the Following Items" click ARTICard
  4. Enter Deposit Amount (Maximum of $2,000)
  5. Click Checkout
  6. Select Method of Payment and click Continue Checkout
  7. Review and accept fees and click Continue Checkout
  8. Enter Credit Card or banking information and click Continue Checkout
  9. Confirm information and charges and click Submit Payment

Questions? Contact the ARTICard Office at 312.629.9362 or email articard@saic.edu

ARTICard Uses

Use your ARTICard at the following locations:

On-Campus:


Off-Campus:

* Not for alcohol, tobacco, or store gift cards

The ARTICard can only be used in-store.  It cannot be used for online ordering or delivery.

 

How do I use my ARTICard Account?

To make a purchase with your ARTICard Account, present your ARTICard to the cashier at the participating location. The amount of purchase will be deducted from your account, and the remaining balance will be displayed on the terminal or on your receipt. Please Note: The ARTICard is not an ATM card. Funds cannot be withdrawn without a complete closure of your account.

How much money should I put on my account?

The amount necessary per semester will vary from student to student. If a student plans to use his or her ARTICard to pay for books, supplies, food on campus and miscellaneous expenses, a deposit of $300-$500 per semester for full-time students may be sufficient. Keep in mind that additional deposits can be made any time throughout the semester.

See also:

Can I get cash out of my ARTICard Account?

The ARTICard is not an ATM card and the ARTICard Office cannot give cash refunds for any reason. A cardholder may request that his or her account be closed at any time in writing, or in person at the ARTICard/U-Pass Office. There is a $10 fee to close an account and refund checks will be issued in three to four weeks.

How can I check my balance or see what I’ve spent?

Your balance can be verified in person at the ARTICard/U-Pass Office or at Value Transfer Stations across campus. Most ARTICard terminals also display your balance at the end of each transaction.

For a detailed report of your ARTICard transactions, please visit the ARTICard/U-Pass Office.

My card is lost/stolen/damaged. What do I do?

Lost cards should be reported immediately. During ARTICard/U-Pass Office hours, you can report your lost card in person or by phone. If a lost card is reported promptly, it does not mean lost money.

Please see ARTICard Terms and Conditions #5 [PDF]

To replace a lost/stolen or damaged card visit the ARTICard/U-Pass Office. A replacement card will be produced in minutes and will have the same account and access features as your original card. There is $15 fee to replace a lost ARTICard and a $5 fee to replace a damaged ARTICard.

Payment can only be accepted in the form of cash, check or ARTICash.

What do I do if I notice a discrepancy on my account?

If you notice a discrepancy on a receipt or balance statement, you should contact the ARTICard/U-Pass Office no later than 60 days after the transaction in question appears.

Please see ARTICard Terms and Conditions #9 [PDF]

What happens to my money at the end of the year? How do I close my ARTICard Account?

Funds left in the ARTICard Account will remain there until they are spent. You can request that your account be closed at any time. This request must be made in writing or in person at the ARTICard/U-Pass Office. All refunds will be processed according to SAIC policy and are subject to a $10 processing fee. All debts on the cardholder’s Tuition and Fee Account must be satisfied prior to a refund check being issued.

Do I need to renew my ARTICard every semester/year?

Your ARTICard is your permanent ID card and does not need to be renewed during your time at SAIC. As long as you are registered for classes or employed by the Art Institute of Chicago, your ARTICard is valid and you are eligible for all of its privileges.