Registration and Policies

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 Summer Institute.

NEW: Register Online!

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 session 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. 

A deposit does not guarantee your student a space in their first-choice course. Many of our popular courses fill up quickly. We ask that you and your student select two alternate choices during the deposit process.

During checkout you will have the option to request on-site housing, apply for a merit scholarship and/or need-based financial aid. We are also required to collect medical and insurance information about your student.

To Apply for a Merit Scholarship:

To apply for a merit scholarship, 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:

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 has been extended to June 15, 2020.

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 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 June 15, 2020.* 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 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

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, see The DLRC can be reached by phone at 312- 499-4278 or