Registration and Policies

Registration Information

Registration for Summer 2023 is open! The merit scholarships and need-based financial aid priority deadline is April 21, 2023! High school students who are ages 15-18 and who have completed their sophomore year are eligible to enroll. Browse courses and register online. There are two registration options for you to choose online.

Option 1: Apply for aid/scholarships and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit. Browse courses online and select this option if you would like to apply for merit scholarship and/or need-based financial aid. You will be prompted to answer follow up questions on the next few screens, and pay the $100 non-refundable tuition deposit at checkout. Once you have been notified of your potential award amounts, you will be required to pay your remaining balance online by our payment deadline.

Option 2: Pay in full now. Browse courses online and then select this option if you do not wish to apply for aid or scholarships and are ready to pay in full now for tuition, and housing fees (if requested). You will be prompted to answer follow up questions on the next few screens, and pay the full cost of tuition, and housing (if requested), at checkout. The full cost of the program tuition includes a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit.

View all courses and register online today. Call us at 312.629.6170 or email if you have any questions! We’re happy to help.

To Apply for a Merit Scholarship:

The merit scholarship priority deadline is April 21, 2023!  To apply for a merit scholarship, students should choose "Option 1: Apply for aid/scholarships and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit" when registering online and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit.  Applicants must select “Yes” when asked if you are applying for a merit scholarship at the time of registration.

Students will be prompted to submit a portfolio of 6-10 pieces of artwork during the registration process. Artwork may be in any medium, regardless of class choice. Artwork is only required for merit scholarship consideration, not admission into the program. If your student does not have their artwork ready to upload at the time or registration, please select “No” when asked if you are prepared to upload your portfolio during the registration process. You will then receive an email with further instructions on how to upload your portfolio for merit scholarship consideration. Please note: your student’s Merit Scholarship application will not be considered complete until their merit portfolio is received.

To Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid:

The Need-based financial aid priority deadline is April 21, 2023! To apply for a need-based financial aid, students should choose "Option 1: Apply for aid/scholarships and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit" when registering online and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit. 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.

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

Payment Information:

The full payment deadline is May 1, 2023. Note: this date applies for all sessions. If you register after May 1, 2023 you will be given a payment due date of two weeks from the date you receive your statement of accounts from SAIC. You may complete your payment online at 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

Refund Policy:

All requests to drop the program must be submitted in writing to and include the student's name, ID number, and course information. The date the request is received in writing is the date used to calculate the refund amount. 100 percent tuition refund, less $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit, is refundable if courses are dropped by May 1, 2023. No refunds will be granted after May 1, 2023. Note: This applies for all sessions. Refunds take four to six weeks to process, depending on payment type. Note: No tuition will be refunded, and financial aid and merit scholarships may be revoked if a student is asked to leave the program for violations of policies or regulations.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to providing opportunities for full participation in all programs for students with disabilities, including Continuing Studies students and Students At Large. Disabled students should first contact the Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC) to request reasonable accommodations. To plan for the most effective accommodations, we ask that you contact the DLRC at least two weeks before the start date for your course. For more detailed information about the DLRC and the accommodations process, please vist their webpage. The DLRC can be reached by phone at 312- 499-4278 or

Cancellations and Changes:

Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel or alter the fees, schedule, or staffing of courses when circumstances warrant. If cancellation or change is necessary, students will be notified prior to the first class, and students enrolled in cancelled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund. Note: Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled, thus early registration is encouraged.