2016–17 Graduate Student Estimated Budget

Please note the following when looking at a respective program's estimated budget:

Tuition per credit hour for summer 2016 $1,527
Tuition per credit hour for fall/spring 2016–17 $1,580
Tuition per credit hour for summer 2017 $1,580

Instructions for calculating an estimate of a student's 2016–17 Cost of Attendance (COA): These estimated figures reflect 2016–17 tuition and fee expenses for a student attending the Summer 2016 term, and Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 academic year. Average estimated costs are provided based on the SAIC student population for:

Students should adjust the provided average estimated costs figures to reflect their actual individualized costs such as the room and board estimate if living in the Residence Halls or the transportation cost if traveling distances that are more costly than the average figure provided. Note: Except for tuition and mandatory fees, these are estimated averages that you should adjust to your own specific budget. Please keep in mind that tuition and expense estimates will likely increase each academic year.

Special note to international students: Please identify the program to which you have been admitted and the total amount. This amount plus health insurance is the amount you must enter on the financial aid statement and show proof of support of the Fall 2016–Spring 2017 year (except MFA Low-Residency—please see cost and notes below). SAIC cannot issue an I-20 form until a Statement of Financial Support form and support documentation is submitted for review and approved. USCIS regulations require international students to be enrolled full-time in order to maintain their F-1 immigration status. See Maintaining Legal F-1 Status for further details.

 

MFA
MArch
MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture
Master of Design in Designed Objects
MDes in Fashion, Body and Garment
Post-Bac in Studio
Post-Bac in Fashion, Body and Garment

Fall/Spring 2016–1715 credits/term—30 credits/year
Tuition $47,400
Technology Fee $570
U-Pass*
(plus one-time $5 Ventra card fee)
$270
Estimated Living Expenses  
     Room Allowance $5,930
     Board Allowance $3,590
Books and Supplies $1,770
Personal Expenses $1,370
Transportation $640
Health Insurance**
(if needed or required)
$1,900
Laptop Requirement Estimate***
Only for New AIADO Students (Architecture, Interior Architecture)
$2,200
Estimated Total (health insurance charge not included) $61,540
Summer 20176 credit hours
Tuition $9,480
Estimated living expenses $3,810
Estimated total $13,290

*U-Pass—Full-Time Status Required

**Health Insurance Requirement.

Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage—SAIC Health Insurance coverage is mandatory for all full-time domestic undergraduate, graduate, exchange, and certificate students and all international students and is charged automatically to the student's tuition and fees account each fall and spring semester.

Waiving SAIC's Health Insurance—If, however, students have comparable health insurance coverage with another provider, they may submit a request to waive SAIC's Health Insurance annually (online only) no later than the first day of classes. Health Insurance waiver requests are reviewed for approval. Students living in the Residence Hall must also provide proof of insurance to the Residence Life Office under separate cover.

For more information about the health insurance requirement and eligibility to be approved for a waiver, please refer to the Health Services section of the website.

***Laptop Requirement (New Students Only)
New undergraduate and new AIADO students are required to have a SAIC approved laptop estimated at approximately $2,200. Further information is available at saic.edu/laptop.

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MA in Teaching
MFA in Writing
MS in Historic Preservation

Fall/Spring 2016–1715 credits/term—30 credits/year
Tuition $47,400
Technology Fee $570
U-Pass*
(plus one-time $5 Ventra card fee)
$270
Estimated Living Expenses  
     Room Allowance $5,930
     Board Allowance $3,590
Books and Supplies $520
Personal Expenses $1,370
Transportation $640
Health Insurance**
(if needed or required)
$1,900
Estimated Total (health insurance charge not included) $60,290
Summer 20176 credit hours
Tuition $9,480
Estimated living expenses $3,810
Estimated total $13,290

*UPass—Full-Time Status Required

**Health Insurance Requirement.

Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage—SAIC Health Insurance coverage is mandatory for all full-time domestic undergraduate, graduate, exchange, and certificate students and all international students and is charged automatically to the student's tuition and fees account each fall and spring semester.

Waiving SAIC's Health Insurance—If, however, students have comparable health insurance coverage with another provider, they may submit a request to waive SAIC's Health Insurance annually (online only) no later than the first day of classes. Health Insurance waiver requests are reviewed for approval. Students living in the Residence Hall must also provide proof of insurance to the Residence Life Office under separate cover.

For more information about the health insurance requirement and eligibility to be approved for a waiver, please refer to the Health Services section of the website.

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MA in Arts Administration and Policy
MA in New Arts Journalism
MA in Art Therapy

Fall/Spring 2016–1712 credits/term—24 credits/year
Tuition $37,920
Technology Fee $570
U-Pass*
(plus one-time $5 Ventra card fee)
$270
Estimated Living Expenses  
     Room Allowance $5,930
     Board Allowance $3,590
Books and Supplies $520
Personal Expenses $1,370
Transportation $640
Health Insurance**
(if needed or required)
$1,900
Estimated Total (health insurance charge not included) $50,810
Summer 20176 credit hours
Tuition $9,480
Estimated living expenses $3,810
Estimated total $13,290

*UPass—Full-Time Status Required

**Health Insurance Requirement.

Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage—SAIC Health Insurance coverage is mandatory for all full-time domestic undergraduate, graduate, exchange, and certificate students and all international students and is charged automatically to the student's tuition and fees account each fall and spring semester.

Waiving SAIC's Health Insurance—If, however, students have comparable health insurance coverage with another provider, they may submit a request to waive SAIC's Health Insurance annually (online only) no later than the first day of classes. Health Insurance waiver requests are reviewed for approval. Students living in the Residence Hall must also provide proof of insurance to the Residence Life Office under separate cover.

For more information about the health insurance requirement and eligibility to be approved for a waiver, please refer to the Health Services section of the website.

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MA in Art Education
MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History
MA in Visual and Critical Studies

Fall/Spring 2016–179 credits/term—18 credits/year
Tuition $28,440
Technology Fee $570
U-Pass*
(plus one-time $5 Ventra card fee)
$270
Estimated Living Expenses  
     Room Allowance $5,930
     Board Allowance $3,590
Books and Supplies $310
Personal Expenses $820
Transportation $640
Health Insurance**
(if needed or required)
$1,900
Estimated Total (health insurance charge not included) $40,570
Summer 20176 credit hours
Tuition $9,480
Estimated living expenses $3,810
Estimated total $13,290

*UPass—Full-Time Status Required

**Health Insurance Requirement.

Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage—SAIC Health Insurance coverage is mandatory for all full-time domestic undergraduate, graduate, exchange, and certificate students and all international students and is charged automatically to the student's tuition and fees account each fall and spring semester.

Waiving SAIC's Health Insurance—If, however, students have comparable health insurance coverage with another provider, they may submit a request to waive SAIC's Health Insurance annually (online only) no later than the first day of classes. Health Insurance waiver requests are reviewed for approval. Students living in the Residence Hall must also provide proof of insurance to the Residence Life Office under separate cover.

For more information about the health insurance requirement and eligibility to be approved for a waiver, please refer to the Health Services section of the website.

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Low-Residency MFA in Studio

Summer 20169 credit hours
Tuition $13,743
Health Insurance*
(if needed or required)
(Coverage is June 14–August 25, 2015)
$668
Estimated Books and Supplies $530
Estimated Personal Expenses $410
Estimated Transportation $275
Estimated Living Expenses (off-campus) $3,810
Estimated Total $18,768
Fall/Spring 2016–176 credits/term—12 credits/year
Tuition $18,960
Technology Fee $570
Estimated Living Expenses  
     Room Allowance $5,930
     Board Allowance $3,590
Books and Supplies $710
Personal Expenses $570
Transportation $365
Health Insurance**
(if needed or required)*
$1,900
Estimated Total (health insurance charge not included) $30,695
Summer 20179 credit hours
Tuition $14,220
Health Insurance**
(if needed or required)*
$668***
Estimated Personal Expenses $410
Estimated Transportation $275
Estimated Living Expenses $3,810
Estimated Total $18,715

**Health Insurance Requirement.

Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage—SAIC Health Insurance coverage is mandatory for all full-time domestic undergraduate, graduate, exchange, and certificate students and all international students and is charged automatically to the student's tuition and fees account each fall and spring semester.

Waiving SAIC's Health Insurance—If, however, students have comparable health insurance coverage with another provider, they may submit a request to waive SAIC's Health Insurance annually (online only) no later than the first day of classes. Health Insurance waiver requests are reviewed for approval. Students living in the Residence Hall must also provide proof of insurance to the Residence Life Office under separate cover.

For more information about the health insurance requirement and eligibility to be approved for a waiver, please refer to the Health Services section of the website.

***Laptop Requirement (New Students Only)
New undergraduate and new AIADO students are required to have a SAIC approved laptop estimated at approximately $2,200. Further information is available at saic.edu/laptop.

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