Policies and FAQ

Students enrolling in Adult Continuing Education courses must be 18 years of age or older and have received a high school diploma or equivalent. Continuing Studies accepts credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA). 

Students in the Adult Continuing Education program are expected to adhere to the Rights and Responsibilities for ACE Students.

Refund Policy

A 100 percent tuition refund may be issued one week prior to the session start date. No refunds will be issued after this date. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to cs@saic.edu and include the student’s name, ID number, and course information. Refunds take four to six weeks to process.

Note: Nonattendance does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor a cancellation of tuition and fees.

Cancelations and Schedule Changes

Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel or alter the fees, schedule, or staffing of courses when circumstances warrant. If a cancellation or change is necessary, students will be notified prior to the first class, and students enrolled in canceled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund.

Note: Courses with low enrollment may be canceled a week or more prior to the start date, thus early registration is encouraged.

Wait List Procedures for Continuing Studies

If you are interested in registering for a course that is full, we encourage you to add yourself to the wait list by filling out the wait list form for the individual course on our online registration website. We will make every attempt to notify you if a spot does become available in your preferred course for purchase online.


A prerequisite or its equivalent is a course or other requirement deemed necessary to ensure the greatest possible likelihood for student success. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet any course prerequisite(s) prior to registration. 

The Adult Continuing Education program reserves the right to enforce prerequisite requirements and may deny or permit enrollment accordingly. Students may be administratively dropped from any course for which they have not met the prerequisite(s). 

A student that does not meet the prerequisite(s) for a specific course but feels that they are academically prepared to take the course may request permission from the Adult Continuing Education program. 

Students may not enroll in a course and its prerequisite(s) in the same semester.

Grading and Proof of Enrollment

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) records the courses for which a student registers on the permanent record. SAIC adheres to a credit/no credit grading system, as does Adult Continuing Education (ACE) in Continuing Studies (CS).

ACE courses are not offered for credit and are indicated by the grading basis AUD, or Audit, on the Registration Statement and Transcript. Students enrolled in noncredit (Audit) courses at SAIC are required to attend all class sessions, successfully complete all coursework, and pay the tuition amount indicated on the Statement of Account.

If a student requires verification of successful completion of a course in lieu of credit or grade for purposes of reimbursement or any other reason, the student may download a Letter of Successful Completion/Student Evaluation and provide it to the instructor prior to the last day of class. This will ensure that the instructor can return the completed form to the student at the end of the course. The instructor may also use this form to give a written evaluation of student performance. The Letter of Successful Completion/Student Evaluation is for student use only and will not be documented on the permanent record.‌ Both parties should sign the form, and the form should be returned to and retained by the student.

Students that require proof of enrollment for an employer or other reimbursement program can either request a Letter of Successful Completion/Student Evaluation or make a formal transcript request.

International Student Support

SAIC welcomes many international students to campus each semester, but does not issue immigration support documents for international students participating in non-degree Continuing Studies programs, including Adult Continuing Education courses and certificate programs, and degree program courses for non-matriculated students.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to providing opportunities for full participation in all programs for students with disabilities, including Continuing Studies students and Students At Large. Disabled students should first contact the Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC) to request reasonable accommodations. To plan for the most effective accommodations, we ask that you contact the DLRC at least two weeks before the start date for your course.

Disability and Learning Resource Center

The DLRC can be reached by phone at 312.499.4278 or email dlrc@saic.edu.


How do I know what supplies I need for my online course?

Supply lists for intensives and weekend workshops can be found at the link below.

Typically, supply lists for courses with a duration of longer than one week are provided to students during the first class session. However, some instructors may choose to provide a supply list to students in advance if specific materials are required during the first week of class. If your instructor has chosen to release the supply list prior to the start of your course, you will find it at the link below.

Course Supply Lists: These will be posted by one week prior to the start of class.

Please note that a computer is required to participate in online classes.

What is Canvas and how do I access it?

Canvas is SAIC’s online learning platform and will be the central resource for all of your course materials and communication with instructors and peers. Visit Canvas or download the app for Android or Apple and login using your SAIC username and password.

The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas. The Dashboard helps you to see what is happening in your current courses. For more information, visit How do I use the Dashboard as a student? If you are not familiar with Canvas, it will be important to do at least one of the following:

For additional resources, review the information available online about Canvas at SAIC. You may also contact our Canvas support team at canvas-help@saic.edu

How large are ACE online courses?

ACE online courses typically have between seven and 14 students.

If my online class is scheduled to meet at specific times, does that mean I will be in a Zoom meeting for the duration?

Not necessarily. Course participation and activities will be structured in a way that best suits the course content and students enrolled. In addition to lectures, presentations, and group discussions, instructors may provide independent or small group sessions during the scheduled class meeting.

Contact Us

Continuing Studies staff members are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT at 312.629.6170 or cs@saic.edu to answer your questions. We are here to help!