Next Steps for Enrolled Students

Your SAIC email account is the key to accessing Canvas and other student resources. Your instructor will communicate with you through Canvas and your email address. Check it regularly during the course.
To activate your SAIC email account, you will need to:

  • Locate your SAIC ID number in your Registration Confirmation email. If you have an SAIC student ID card you will also find it there.
  • Go to
  • Select Activate Account
  • Enter your 7-digit SAIC ID number
  • Enter your Last Name
  • Enter your Birthdate using this exact date format: DD-MMM (e.g., 22-FEB)
  • Select Activate 

Your username is automatically assigned but you will create your own password, which must be alphanumeric and at least six characters. Record your account information for future reference. 
Visit to login to your SAIC email with the username and password from above.

NEED HELP? Contact the CRIT Help Desk at 312-345-3535 or email
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Canvas is SAIC’s online learning platform and will be the central resource for all of your course materials and communication with your instructors and peers. You will need to login with your SAIC username and password.
Instructors will make courses viewable in Canvas in the week prior to the start of class.
Visit Canvas or download the app for Android or Apple and login using your SAIC username and password. Complete the virtual  Canvas Student Orientation to get started.

NEED HELP? Contact the Canvas Support Team at, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Zoom video conferencing will be used for your course. Download Zoom in advance of the first class.

All live sessions are scheduled in Central Time. Use World Time Buddy to compare Central Daylight Time with your current timezone.

NOTE: You can join the first class Zoom session even if you have not finished activating your SAIC email and logged into Canvas. You will receive the link for the first Zoom session in the Welcome & Next Steps email from approximately one week prior to the start of class. 

Typically, supply lists for ECP courses are provided to students during the first class session. 

However, some instructors may choose to provide a supply list to students in advance if specific materials are required during the first week of class. If your instructor has chosen to release the supply list prior to the start of class, you will find it at the link below. 

Please check to see if your supply list has been posted at least one week prior to class starting so you have time to order the supplies you need. 

Course Supply List (link coming soon)

A staff member will be available to respond to emails regarding urgent concerns while weekend ECP courses are in session.
Most concerns can be resolved effectively by email but if a phone call is needed, a staff member will call you in response to your email.
Youth Curriculum and Instruction Team (Programming) -
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
To expedite assistance, include as much of the following information as you are able to.
  • Your first and last name as it appears on your Registration Confirmation email
  • Your 7-digit student ID number (included in your Registration Confirmation email)
  • The class you are taking, including when it is scheduled to start
  • A phone number you can be reached at
TIP: Include your instructor on your email to That way they will be aware that you are working on troubleshooting in order to connect with them for the first class. The contact information for your instructor will be provided to you in the Welcome & Next Steps email sent approximately one week prior to the first day of class.