Next Steps for Enrolled Students

Your SAIC email account is the key to accessing Canvas and other student resources. Your instructor will communicate with you through Canvas and your email address. Check it regularly during the course.
To activate your SAIC email account, you will need to:

  • Locate your SAIC ID number in your Registration Confirmation email. If you have an SAIC student ID card you will also find it there.
  • Go to
  • Select Activate Account
  • Enter your 7-digit SAIC ID number
  • Enter your Last Name
  • Enter your Birthdate using this exact date format: DD-MMM (e.g., 22-FEB)
  • Select Activate 

Your username is automatically assigned but you will create your own password, which must be alphanumeric and at least six characters. Record your account information for future reference. 
Visit to log in to your SAIC email with the username and password from above.

NEED HELP? Contact the CRIT Help Desk at 312-345-3535 or email
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Canvas is SAIC’s online learning platform and will be the central resource for all of your course materials and communication with your instructors and peers. You will need to log in with your SAIC username and password.
Instructors will make courses viewable in Canvas in the week prior to the start of class.
Visit or download the app for Android or Apple and log in using your SAIC username and password. Complete the virtual Canvas Student Orientation to get started.

NEED HELP? Contact the Canvas Support Team at, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Zoom video conferencing will be used for your course. Download Zoom in advance of the first class.

All live sessions are scheduled in Central Time. Use World Time Buddy to compare Central Time with your current timezone.

NOTE: You can join the first class Zoom session even if you have not finished activating your SAIC email and logged into Canvas. You will receive the link for the first Zoom session in the Welcome & Next Steps email from in the days leading up to the start of class. 

Typically, supply lists for ECP courses 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 class, you will find it at the link below. 

Please check to see if your supply list has been posted at least one week prior to class starting so you have time to order the supplies you need. 

Course Supply List

A signed Consent Form is required to participate in the Early College Program at SAIC; failure to submit a signed Consent Form‌ [PDF] prior to the first class may prevent participation. Students under 18 must have a parent/guardian complete the form; students who are 18 years old may fill out the form themselves.

Emergency Action Plan Form‌ [PDF]
Consent Form‌ [PDF]


Continuing Studies will attempt to alert students/parents to any changes during the term, such as instructor changes and holiday breaks. Please make sure to provide an active email address during registration so we are able to communicate effectively. You may also need to check your junk/spam folder for these email alerts.

Scheduling Conflicts

Students enrolled in ECP are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled time. However, we understand that circumstances may warrant absences, tardiness, or early dismissal. Please contact Continuing Studies by calling or texting 312.502.3537, or email if your child is going to be absent or tardy for class. You must contact us on or before 3:00 p.m. the Friday before class to ensure that instructional staff has been notified. Instructors are unable to provide extensive make-up plans or meet outside of regularly scheduled class times.

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. Parents/guardians of students with disabilities should call 312.629.6170 or email for further information. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to provide any information that will ensure a positive experience for all participants. This information is confidential and only shared with program staff.

SAIC Security Alert System

To sign up for SAIC's security alert system, please fill out the Parent Newsletter Request Form. Please note that parents cannot sign up for this unless their child is a current student; registration should be complete and a registration email will be sent to you with a student ID.


Transcript requests can be made online, in person, and by mail or fax. Transcripts are not available until several weeks after the last class. Full details are available here.

ECP on Social Media

Make sure to like the Early College Program @ SAIC on Facebook and Instagram for extra information, instructor news, and images of work created in our programs.