Summer Institute Residency: Tuition and Financial Assistance

ECPSI Tuition

The Merit Scholarship and Financial Aid Deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020!

Tuition and Fees

Two-week Sessions:

Tuition: $3,332
Housing*:  $825
Meal Plan*: $160
Total: $4,317

Additional expenses (approximate):**

  • Supplies: $300
  • Incidentals and personal spending: $200

Four-week Session:

Housing*: $1,650
Meal Plan*: $320
Total: $8,634

Additional expenses (approximate):**

  • Supplies: $450
  • Incidentals and personal spending: $350

*Housing is optional, but the meal plan is required for students that live on campus.

**Students may spend more or less than the recommended amounts listed above. Supply costs vary for each course and are determined in part by students' individual projects and material choices. 

Cancellations and Schedule Changes

Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel or alter the fees, schedule, or staffing of courses when circumstances warrant. If a cancellation or change is necessary, students will be notified prior to the first class, and students enrolled in canceled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund.

Note: Courses with low enrollment may be canceled, thus early registration is encouraged.

Refund Policy

All withdrawal requests 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.

  • One hundred percent of the tuition charge, less $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit, is refundable if courses are dropped by May 1, 2020. If a course is dropped after the deadline, no refund will be granted. Note: this date 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.

No refunds will be given if a student withdraws voluntarily or for personal reasons such as homesickness. Nonattendance does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor a cancellation of tuition and fees- withdrawals must be submitted in writing as outlined above by deadline.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available in the form of need-based aid and merit scholarships, as well as employee tuition remission. Need-based aid is available to US residents only. All students may apply for merit scholarships.

Note: Students must declare that they are applying for for need-based financial aid and/or merit scholarships at the time of registration. Financial assistance covers a percentage of tuition costs only, housing and supply costs are not covered by financial assistance.

The Merit Scholarship and Financial Aid Deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020!

Merit Scholarships

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. If a student would like to apply, they must 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.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available to US residents only. 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.

Note: Need-based financial aid is available to US residents only. International students may apply for a merit scholarship.

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.

Request a registration form via email at 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

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.

Wait List Procedures for Continuing Studies

If you are interested in registering for a course that is full, you can request to be added to the waitlist by emailing Please provide a preferred contact phone number with your request. Students are not automatically added to the wait list. If a spot becomes available in the course, Continuing Studies (CS) will contact the wait listed students via their preferred phone number and email.