Resources for Students

Financial, Food, and Housing Assistance

For any students who are experiencing financial crisis and are in immediate need for food, and housing support, know that there are resources available to you. To help guide you in navigating these resources, we've included some information on Chicago and Nationwide options. In these links, you will find a list of organizations, descriptions of their services, location, and contact information.  

Financial, Food, and Housing Resource Packet

Food Assistance Resources

The staff are here to support you! You are welcome and encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs directly with any questions or concerns.

Wellness Center

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Wellness Center provides students access to medical, mental health, disability, learning, and health education professionals committed to ensuring that every SAIC student's experience is successful one.

SAIC's Wellness Center houses three distinct services: Counseling Services, the Disability and Learning Resource Center, and Health Services.

You can visit the Wellness Center at 116 South Michigan Avenue, 13th floor, or online at the Wellness Center website

Writing Center

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers free, hour-long writing tutorials at the Writing Center. Tutors are available to assist all currently enrolled students with any stage of the writing process.

Students may work with tutors on the following:

  • Beginning the writing process
  • Making claims and arguments
  • Developing ideas
  • Strengthening organization
  • Improving writing style
  • Clarifying language
  • Addressing Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), American Psychological Association (APA) style, and Modern Language Association (MLA) style questions
  • Citing references
  • Correcting basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation

For more information, please see the Writing Center's website

Career and Professional Experience (CAPX)

Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) prepares students for the immediate future and provides ongoing support for lifelong careers in art and design. They provide students and alumni with full-service advising, workshops, and access to professional networks and opportunities. 

Some examples of the assistance they can provide include:

  • Finding work and Co-op internships
  • Preparing résumés and portfolios
  • Developing career strategies and employment skills
  • Applying for professional opportunities
  • Developing proposals
  • Pursuing exhibition opportunities
  • Applying for graduate school
  • Developing networking and interviewing skills

To learn more about the services the CAPX office provides, or to make an appointment, please visit their website.


Engage SAIC is an online database system that is developed and managed by a company called CollegiateLink. It supports registered student group administration through the development of electronic forms and processes. 

Additionally, it provides student groups with a secure website to manage their student group online community and events.

As a member of the SAIC Engage online community, you can select from a wide range of interests when you set up your SAIC Engage profile for the first time. It is important to note that you can add, delete, or prioritize your interests at any time through the My Involvement tab.

Students that have an SAIC Engage profile can also select from a list of interests, and SAIC Engage will suggest events and display related content based on those interests.

For more information about SAIC Engage, contact Campus Life at 312.629.6880 or visit us in The LeRoy Neiman Center, Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, suite 201.

International Affairs

  • SAIC scholarships and grants
  • Federal and state grants and outside scholarships
  • Applying for financial aid
  • International financial aid
  • Student loans
  • Student employment
  • Student payroll

For more information about Student Financial Services or your specific financial situation, please visit their website.

Registration and Records

SAIC's Registration and Records Office provides students with information on course registration and access to academic records and transcripts. They are your point of contact for questions related to things like grading, transfer credit, enrollment, and graduation.

For more information, please visit their website.