ACE Noncredit: Policies & FAQs

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). Registration will not be accepted following the second class.

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

Refund Policy

A 100% tuition refund will be issued one week prior to the session start date. No refunds will be issued after this date. Refunds will not be issued if a course delivery format changes from in-person to online due to health guidelines. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to 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.

Cancellations 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 cancelled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund.

Note: Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled 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 or by emailing with your name, phone number, and desired course. 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 they may do so. 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 nondegree 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 full compliance with all laws regarding equal opportunities for students with disabilities. Continuing Studies students with disabilities should call 312-­499­4278 or email for further information.

Questions about Online/On-Campus Learning

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Forms and Downloads

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Rights and Responsibilities for ACE Students

Policies are subject to change.