Early College Classes: Tuition and Financial Assistance


Fall and Spring Audit (noncredit) 10-week course: $500
Winter Audit (noncredit) 3-week course: $250
Summer Audit (noncredit) Course: $500
1.0 college credit 10-week course (junior and seniors ages 15-18 only): $1,740

Tuition does not include supplies. Students provide their own supplies and will receive a material list on the first day of class. Supplies vary by class and can range from $50–$200.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available in the form of limited need-based financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and employee tuition remission.

ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship: Founded in 2012, the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship is a  fund that will benefit Chicago Public Schools high school students enrolled in the Early College Program. The scholarship will cover 100 percent tuition for a fall, spring, or summer course taken for non-credit (audit). To apply, complete an Early College Program Chicago Youth Artist Education Scholarship Form and email to ecp@saic.edu. Students do not need to provide financial documentation or work samples. If you wish to make a much-needed contribution to this fund, you can do so here; select "other" and direct the gift to the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship.

Grace and Walter Byron Smith Scholarship: The Smith Scholarship covers 100 percent of tuition for any non-credit (audit) ECP course taken in fall, spring, or summer, and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible, students must have attended a parochial high school in Illinois for at least one full academic year. To apply, complete a Smith Scholarship Application Form and email to ecp@saic.edu. Students do not need to provide financial documentation or work samples.

Need-Based Financial Aid: Limited need-based financial aid is available for Early College Program courses. Limited need-based financial aid is available on a first come, first served basis. Applicants must select “Yes” when asked if you are applying for need-based financial aid at the time of registration. Following registration, students will be emailed a link to DocuSign, a secure server, where they will need to upload a copy of the top two pages of their family’s most recent year’s federal tax form 1040. Please note: your student’s need-based financial aid application will not be considered complete until the federal tax form 1040 is received in DocuSign. Need-based financial aid is available to US residents only. 

Employee Tuition Remission

Employee Tuition Remission forms are due at the time of registration. Remission registration is a two-step process:

Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Human Resources at 312.629.3379 or hrrecords@artic.edu.

Third-Party Billing and Sponsored Students

Third-party billing is when a company or government/outside agency has established special billing arrangements to cover tuition and/or fees for students that it sponsors. Continuing Studies must receive an authorization from the sponsoring agency before third-party billing can be processed. All billing authorizations—which may be a letter, purchase order, or voucher—must be on the official agency letterhead and signed by an officer of the organization.

Payment by the sponsor must be made directly to Continuing Studies; agreements where payments are sent to the student cannot be honored. All authorizations must include the term that the authorization is in effect. Continuing Studies cannot accommodate any restrictions or contingencies on the authorization. For instance, if the agency requires transcript information before payment, Continuing Studies cannot authorize third-party billing.

All sponsored students are required to complete a Tuition Repayment Agreement (promissory note) in order to be registered for the class and to initiate third-party billing. In the event of nonpayment or partial payment by the third-party agency, the student will be charged for the unpaid amount. Third parties are invoiced after the class is confirmed to run. Payments must be made within 30 days of billing. If payment is not received within 30 days, the agency and the student will be notified, and the student will be billed for the unpaid amount as authorized on the Tuition Repayment Agreement. Any charges that are not paid by the sponsor are billed to the student. Complete a copy of the Tuition Repayment Agreement and email to cs@saic.edu.