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 & Conditions for Students [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

The ARTICard office will be open during the following dates and times to accommodate Continuing Studies students during their first week of class.

  • Tuesday, May 29, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 3, 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 1, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 9, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

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.