Middle School Program: Tuition and Financial Assistance

Middle School Program Tuition

Spring/Fall Course Tuition: $500
Winter Course Tution: $250
Summer One-Week On-Campus Camp Tuition: $600
Summer Two-Week On-Campus Camp Tuition: $1,100
Summer Two-Week Online Camp Tuition: $500

Aftercare (Available for all in-person full day camps from 4-5 p.m.)

1-week camp aftercare: $100
2-week camp aftercare: $200


Supplies are not provided for online courses. Instructors will prepare a list that includes common household art-making materials with some items to be purchased. Supplies vary by class and can range from $50-$100. Supply lists for courses can be found at the link below one week prior to the first meeting or sooner.

MSP Student Supply List Website

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance for the Middle School Program is available in the fall and spring in the merit-based Joanne Alter Scholarship, and employee tuition remission, year-round.

The Joanne Alter Scholarship (Fall and Spring Only)

The Joanne Alter Scholarship (JAS) is a merit-based fund that will benefit one Middle School Program student each fall and spring semester. The scholarship will cover 100 percent of tuition for one fall and spring course. To apply, email a completed JAS Application Form, a letter of recommendation, a brief essay indicating why the student would like to enroll in a course, and two examples of the students work with the subject line “Joanne Alter Scholarship Application: Student Name” to cs@saic.edu. The deadline to apply for spring is January 14.

Employee Tuition Remission

Employee Tuition Remission forms are due at the time of registration. Take the following steps to register using tuition remission:

Note: A signed Consent Form‌ [PDF] is required for tuition remission students to participate in the Middle School Program at SAIC; failure to submit a signed Consent Form prior to the first class may prevent participation. Please send the signed Consent Form to saic-youth@saic.edu.

Questions regarding tuition remission eligibility should be directed to Human Resources at 312.629.3379 or hrrecords@artic.edu.

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 the 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 either a Family Camp Registration Form or a Middle School Program Registration Form and 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. Complete a copy of the Middle School Program Registration Form or the Family Camp Registration Form and Tuition Repayment Agreement and email to cs@saic.edu.