ARTICard

The ARTICard is the identification card for SAIC students, faculty, and staff. It provides access to campus buildings and school privileges and also allows cardholders to purchase items and services at select locations on and off campus.

By depositing money onto the card, it can be used to make copies, print projects, do laundry, purchase books and supplies, and buy food on and off campus. There is no membership fee, service charge, or minimum balance. The balance carries over from semester to semester, year to year until the account is closed.

The ARTICard is your permanent ID card. As long as you are registered for classes or employed by the Art Institute of Chicago, your ARTICard is valid, and you are eligible for all of its privileges. You must present a valid government-issued photo ID or passport to pick up your ARTICard.

Summer and Fall 2021 Procedures

Student ARTICard and U-Pass Pickup

Students must make an appointment to visit the ARTICard office for a new or replacement ARTICard or U-Pass.

Returning Students 

Returning students will continue to use the same ARTICard and U-Pass as last semester.

Lost ID Replacement - The ARTICard replacement fee is $15 payable by ARTICash only. 

Lost U-Pass Replacement - The U-Pass replacement fee is $50 payable by ARTICash only. 

We are no longer accepting cash or checks in the ARTICard office. ARTICash deposits can be made online, or at one of the value transfer stations on campus prior to your appointment.

New/Transfer Students

All New/Transfer Students—Make an appointment to pick up your ARTICard and U-Pass in the ARTICard office. You must present a valid government-issued photo ID or passport to pick up your ARTICard.

Submit your photo now for summer classes and by August 8 for fall classes! Check your SAIC email for a personalized link to submit your photo.

Students enrolled in all online classes do not need an ARTICard. An ARTICard will be issued during any future semester in which the student enrolls in an on-campus class.

Staff/Faculty ARTICard Pickup

Staff and faculty can make an appointment with the ARTICard Office for new or replacement IDs.

Please Note: The ARTICard is not required if you are teaching online only classes. You can receive a new or replacement ID the following semester in which you are teaching on campus, or the next time you happen to be on campus. An expired ID will not affect online services like those offered from Canvas or the Flaxman Library.

NEW Staff and Faculty ID Requirements

Valid government issued ID is required to pick up the ARTICard ID.

Background check must be completed prior to appointment.

Faculty contract must be signed and submitted to the Dean’s Office prior to appointment. 

Email completed ARTICard Terms and Conditions prior to appointment.

EXPIRED Staff and Faculty ID Replacements

Expired ID must be returned in order to receive a new ID.

Faculty contract must be signed and submitted to the Dean’s Office prior to appointment. You no longer need to bring a copy of the contract when renewing your faculty ID.

Lost ID Replacement

The ARTICard replacement fee is $15 payable by ARTICash only. 

We are no longer accepting cash or checks in the ARTICard office. ARTICash deposits can be made online, or at one of the value transfer stations on campus prior to your appointment.