High School Commuter: Tuition and Financial Assistance


Audit (noncredit) 10-week course, fall and spring: $465

Audit (noncredit) 5-week course, fall and spring: $232.50

Audit (noncredit) 1-week or 2-week course, summer: $465

1.0 college credit 10-week fall or spring course (students who have completed their sophomore year): $1,666

1.0 college credit 1-week or 2-week summer course (students who have completed their sophomore year): $1,666

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.

Note: Tuition does not include supplies. Credit status must be declared prior to the second class.

Tuition Discounts (noncredit only)

Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) Members: $418

AIC members are eligible for a 10 percent discount on Early College Program (ECP) courses. To receive this discount, a membership number and expiration date must be provided each semester at the time of registration.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Alumni: $349

Children of SAIC degree program alumni are eligible for a 25 percent discount on tuition for Early College Program courses. In order to receive this discount, a valid Alumni ID card number and graduation year must be provided at the time of registration.

Note: Only one AIC Member or SAIC Alumni discount may be applied to a student's account per semester. Discounts must be applied at the time of registration; discounts will not be applied retroactively, and refunds will not be issued to correct overpayment.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available in the form of need-based aid, scholarship opportunities where need is not a requirement, and employee tuition remission.

Note: Students must apply for financial assistance at the time of registration and cannot register by phone. Once registered for a particular term, students may not retroactively apply for financial assistance.

Need-Based Aid

Limited need-based aid is available on a first come, first served basis. Applicants can select to apply for need-based financial aid during online registration or send in a completed financial assistance form, financial documentation, a completed registration form, and $50 tuition deposit via email at cs@saic.edu, fax to 312.629.6171, or mailed to the Early College Program, 36 S Wabash, Suite 1202, Chicago, IL 60603. 

ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship: Founded in 2012, the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship is a need- and merit-based 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).

See Forms and Downloads for a copy of the ECP Chicago Youth Artist Educational Scholarship Application Form.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to need-based financial aid, the Early College Program awards three scholarships to qualified applicants where need is not a requirement: the Grace and Walter Bryon Smith Scholarship, the Chicago Tribune Foundation Scholarship, and the Dinorah and Jacques Guilois Memorial Scholarship.

Grace and Walter Byron Smith Scholarship: The Smith Scholarship covers 100 percentage of tuition for any ECP course, 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. Applicants must submit a completed financial aid form including the parochial high school and years attended, and a completed registration form. Students do not need to provide financial documentation. See Forms and Downloads for a copy of the Grace and Walter Byron Smith Scholarship Application Form.

Dinorah and Jacques Guillois Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of Dinorah and Jacques Guillois, this scholarship provides funds to aid Hispanic high school juniors or seniors interested in figure drawing. Each spring, the recipient receives $150 toward tuition for one of the following classes: Figure DrawingFigure Drawing with Color, or Figure Drawing: Portrait. For more information or to receive an application, please email ecp@saic.edu.

See the Calendar at left for current semester deadline.

Employee Tuition Remission

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

  • Obtain an Employee Tuition Remission form in Human Resources at the Art Institute of Chicago, 116 South Michigan Avenue, 12th floor, or download from the AIC Intranet
  • Submit completed Employee Tuition Remission and registration forms to Continuing Studies, 36 South Wabash Avenue, suite 1201


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 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.

See Forms and Downloads for a copy of the Tuition Repayment Agreement.