How to Register

Registration Information

High school students who are at least 15 years old and not more than 18 years of age who have completed their sophomore year are eligible to enroll in the Early College Program Online Summer Institute.

Registration begins on our course listing page and involves selecting courses for your student, and making a $100.00 nonrefundable deposit per course. If you have not enrolled a student with SAIC before, you will be asked to make an account for yourself and a profile for your student.

Select the course that works best for you and your student's schedule and interests. You may register your student for one course per session. If your student would like to take more than one course with us, we encourage them to sign up for multiple sessions. 

During checkout you will have the option to apply for a merit scholarship and/or need-based financial aid. 

To Apply for a Merit Scholarship

All students may apply for the Merit Scholarship. SAIC awards merit scholarships as funds allow, so early applications are encouraged. During the registration process, students will be prompted to declare if they would like to be considered for a Merit Scholarship. Applicants must select “Yes” when asked if you are applying for the Merit Scholarship at time of registration. You will then receive an email with further instructions on how to upload your portfolio of 6-10 pieces of artwork for merit scholarship consideration into SlideRoom.

Please note: Your student’s Merit Scholarship application will not be considered complete until their merit portfolio is received. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. Call 312.629.6170 or email ecp@saic.edu with any questions. 

To Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid

Need-Based financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis. During the registration process, students will be prompted to declare if they would like to be considered for need-based financial aid. 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. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. Call 312.629.6170 or email ecp@saic.edu with any questions. 

Started the registration process and want to come back and complete it at a later time?
No problem! Once you're ready to complete the process, log back into your account and click on your cart. From there, you will be able to resume the registration process. If you have any trouble please call us as soon as possible at 312.629.6170 or email us at ecp@saic.edu.

Payment Information

The full payment deadline is May 3, 2021 for all sessions.

If you have not made payment by this date you are at risk of being dropped from your selected courses.

If you need to drop a class, all drop requests must be submitted in writing to ecp@saic.edu and include the student's name, ID number, and course information. One hundred percent of the tuition charge, not including the $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit, is refundable if courses are dropped by May 3, 2021.* If a course is dropped after the deadline, no refund will be granted. Note: this date applies for all sessions.

You may complete your payment online at saic.edu/cspayment. You may also submit your payment by mailing a personal check or money order with the student's full name and ID in the reference section to:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SAIC Bursar's Office 
37 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 245
Chicago, IL 60603

For any financial questions, please contact Student Financial Services at 312.629.6600 or saic.sfs@saic.edu