High School Commuter: Tuition and Financial Assistance


Audit (noncredit) 5-week fall course (ages 14-18): $300
1.0 college credit 10-week fall course (junior and seniors ages 15-18): $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 scholarship opportunities and employee tuition remission.

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).

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 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.

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.

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.