The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) educates artists, designers, and scholars, offering nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,100 students from around the globe.
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Cost and Financial Assistance
Code of Conduct for Education Loans
Cost of Attendance
Criteria for Continued Student Eligibility
Criteria for Adjusting Aid Amount
Criteria for Selecting Recipients and Determining Award Amount
Federal Loan Entrance and Exit Counseling Requirement and Information
Federal Work-Study Conditions and Terms
Financial Aid Advances to Obtain/Purchase Books and Supplies for Federal Pell or Other Eligible Students
Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy
General Financial Assistance Information
Loan Repayment Sample Schedule and Necessity for Repayment
Method and Frequency of Disbursements
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Procedure and Forms
Return of Aid
Terms of Federal Loans
SAIC does not participate in preferred lender arrangements.
The information below relates to exchange programs available to SAIC students through affiliate entities and is being provided in accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Program Integrity Regulations passed on October 29, 2010.
In general, the affiliate entities listed in the chart below deliver educational programs in a manner similar to that of SAIC (i.e., classroom work, direct instruction, and studio time). SAIC will provide all portions of the educational programs not otherwise provided by the affiliate entities listed.
Except as otherwise noted, students taking classes at any of the entities listed below will pay tuition to SAIC at SAIC's regular rate, with no additional tuition fees payable to the entity (host school) unless mandated for a particular class (e.g., studio fee). The student will be responsible for all ancillary costs and expenses associated with taking classes at an affiliated entity (e.g. airfare, ground transportation, visas, campus accommodations and meals, health insurance and related charges.)
In addition to the affiliate entities listed below, SAIC allows student to participate in programs conducted by third-party providers (e.g., Lexia, CIEE, SIT, IES, CET, and others). To participate in such a program, the student will pay tuition to SAIC at SAIC's regular rate. They will also pay to the third-party provider a tuition fee equal to the difference, if any, between the tuition charged by the host school and the tuition charged by SAIC.
DETERMINED AS OF 10/11/22.
Schools to which we currently send/host students for study abroad.
* Student pays SAIC's usual tuition with no additional tuition fees to host school unless mandated for a particular class (e.g., studio fee). Unless otherwise noted, quoted amounts exclude expenses for visa fees, air and ground transport, living expenses, exchange rate fluctuations, health insurance coverage, and on-campus or off-campus accommodation, which may vary according to location, airline, and time of travel.
Semester-long exchange options for AICAD students/schools only. AICAD Exchange is currently on pause for spring 2024. AICAD is currently reviewing the program and will decide if we will resume for 2024–25 year at a later date.
** Student pays SAIC's usual tuition with no additional tuition fees to host school unless mandated for a particular class (e.g., studio fee). Unless otherwise noted, quoted amounts exclude expenses for air and ground transport, living expenses, health insurance coverage, and on-campus or off-campus accommodation, which will vary according to location, airline, travel distance and accommodation choice.
Lesley College of Art and Design USA Cambridge
Frequent sites for outgoing SAIC study abroad students—not exchange partners.
*** Student pays SAIC's usual tuition with possible additional tuition fees payable to host school depending the difference between SAIC's and the host school's tuition fees, currency exchange rates, and the number of credit hours taken. Unless otherwise noted, quoted amounts exclude expenses for visa fees, air and ground transport, living expenses, exchange rate fluctuations, health insurance coverage, and on-campus or off-campus accommodation which can vary according to location.
Policies and Resources
Accommodations for People with Disabilities
Acceptable Use for Network and Computing Resources
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Career and Professional Experience
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment
Intellectual Property Policy
Requirements for Withdrawal
Student Records Policies/Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Policy
Voter Registration and Constitution Day
Protection of Student Privacy
Outcomes represent 369 out of 561 alumni who completed their bachelor’s degrees one year after graduation, a 65.8% knowledge rate.
- 87% are employed
- 7.32% are continuing their education
- 94.3% career outcomes
Outcomes represent 171 out of 221 alumni who completed their bachelor’s degrees one year after graduation, a 77.4% knowledge rate.
- 91.23% are employed
- 1.17% are continuing their education
- 93% career outcomes
Pass rates for the last five years for SAIC graduates who have taken the exam for the purpose of board certification with the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
The number of SAIC graduates who are credentialed with the Art Therapy Credentials Board for the past 9 years.
*The ATR-P is an optional credential for graduates to hold before obtaining the ATR.
Teacher Preparation Program Report: 2023 Title II Report Card
Types of Graduate and Professional Education in Which the Institution’s Graduates Enroll
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The data posted here is similar in concept to the IPEDS Completions component. The Completions component is a measure of students who graduated together and is centered on the calendar year of graduation. However, exclusions is a concept that applies to Graduation Rates and Graduation Rates 200 components. The Graduation rates components measure time to completion for incoming Full-Time FF from when they arrive on campus through graduation. Mandatory military service for some international students is by far the most common reason SAIC uses for marking an exclusion. Permanent medical disability and death are cited, but much less frequently. There are only two other allowable reasons for exclusion and those are participation in a foreign aid service or participation in a church mission.
Student Complaint Procedure
Students may file a complaint by following the complaint procedures outlined in the student handbook.
Online students residing in a SARA state* should attempt to resolve grievances through SAIC's institutional process for filing a complaint. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of SAIC's process, the complaint (except for those involving grades or student conduct violations) may be brought to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. For more information regarding the complaint process for students residing in SARA states, please visit the SARA website.
Students may also file a complaint with SAIC's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) by following the HLC complaint procedure.
*SAIC is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of distance-education courses and programs. SARA membership includes all states (and the District of Columbia), except California. Click here to learn more about SARA.
Filing a Complaint with an Accrediting Agency and Relevant State Agencies
Federal Program Integrity rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education require institutions to provide to students or prospective students contact information needed to file a complaint and with relevant state agencies.
For a link to state agency information for all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, please click on the following link: State-by-State-Complaint.
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Illinois Attorney General
Consumer Fraud Bureau
500 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62706
Consumer Fraud Hotline: 800.243.0618
Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
For students receiving GI Bill Benefits: