There are many resources available to help you finance your education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). If you plan to seek financial aid to help cover your tuition costs, your first step is to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which will help determine your eligibility for any need-based aid. Use the links below to learn more about the FAFSA and the variety of programs and resources available to you.

FAFSA on the Web
This is the official website of the online FAFSA form where you can complete your application, use online chat if you have any questions during the process, and receive a PIN number that will provide you access to personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. (English/Spanish)

Is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. 

Federal Student Aid
Federal website that provides information on how to prepare for college, types of aid, who can get aid, the FAFSA aid application, repaying your loans and more.

Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation
The U.S. Department of Education provides checklists with the steps you can take to help your (or your child’s) chances of getting into—and being able to afford—the school of your choice.

Social Security Administration
Access this site for assistance with obtaining a Social Security number, updating your name and birthdate and other helpful items.

Student Aid Alliance
The Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of 77 higher education organizations that support increased funding for federal student aid programs.

Students can access their federal financial aid history at this website, including borrowing history.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
ISAC is a state organization charged with making a college education accessible and affordable for Illinois students. It offers Illinois residents a variety of grants and scholarships based on financial need, loan repayment and forgiveness programs, and a prepaid tuition program.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Provides Illinois residents with access to integrated services including Vocational Rehabilitation funding for those that qualify.

If you are eligible, you are encouraged to participate in the country’s political process by registering to vote. You are encouraged to vote with an absentee ballot from your home state, or to register to vote in Illinois. In compliance with federal statutes, SAIC makes Illinois and absentee voter registration forms available through

To obtain additional information regarding absentee voting, go to SAIC Civic Engagement.