Scholarships and Financial Aid
SAIC Merit Scholarships
We award merit scholarships to new students based on a holistic review of student portfolios, test scores, artist statements, academic records, and recommendations. Merit scholarships are annually renewed as long as students maintain a successful academic standing. Merit scholarships range from $2,000 to $25,00 per year. Scholarships are financial awards that do not need to be repaid.
Types of Merit Scholarships
No additional application is required; merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission based on a holistic view of your portfolio and application materials. Learn more about how to assemble a scholarship-winning portfolio.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Admitted Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) applicants will qualify to receive a $2,000 PTK Scholarship, per academic year, through the admissions process once PTK status is verified. This is in addition to any other merit scholarships awarded through SAIC Admissions. A separate application is not necessary for this award.
Scholarships and Deferred Admissions
If you defer admission to a later term, you will need to resubmit an updated portfolio, statement of intent, and recent transcripts to be considered for future merit-based scholarships.
In addition to SAIC scholarships, there are many sources of outside scholarships. We encourage students to begin their search early.
U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need- and non-need based aid.
|OCT 1||FAFSA Opens|
|DEC 1||FAFSA Priority Deadline|
|JAN 15||FAFSA Award Letters sent for admitted Fall students who have applied
Please include our school code, #001753, on the FAFSA so that your information is sent directly to us to evaluate.
Federal and state governments offer gift assistance (which does not need to be repaid) to eligible students.
- SAIC need-based grants and scholarships
- Endowed and restricted scholarships
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
- Veterans Benefits
- Monetary Award Program (MAP) for Illinois residents attending approved Illinois schools
- Other state-funded programs
- Federal Work Study Program
- Institutional Employment
- Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan>
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
- Private Education Loans
For further details on Financial Aid, please visit our Student Financial Services pages.