Payment Options

Payment in full or payment arrangements of any balance not covered by financial aid must be made by the 15th* before each semester begins in order to avoid late fees, restriction of access on campus, and prevention from future registration and release of academic transcripts/ diplomas.   

Tuition/Fees Payment Due Dates

Term Due Date
Summer May 15
Fall August 15
Winter December 15
Spring January 15

 

Payment Options

Cash, Check or Money Order : At the Bursar's Office - Sharp Building

(Made payable in US currency, drawn on a US bank)

SAIC Bursar's Office
37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 245
Chicago, IL 60603
312.899.5122

Do not send 529 Plan or Outside Scholarship payments to the Bursar's Office. To avoid delays in processing, those payments must be sent to the Student Financial Services office:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Student Financial Services Office
Attn: Outside Scholarship Administrator
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1200
Chicago IL 60603

SAIC Bursar's Office
37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 245
Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.*
312.899.5122
*Please call first if visiting the Bursar in person to confirm the time and day of your visit. Hours may vary from listed above.

1. Login to CASHNet
Students—Log into Self-service and click on the CASHNet button in the Financial Account section. Your internet browser's pop-up blocker must be turned off so CASHNet will open in a new tab or window.
Parents/Authorized Payer—Login into CASHNet directly at commerce.cashnet.com/saicpay.

2. Initiate Checkout
In the bottom right-hand corner, click Make a Payment and enter the amount you wish to pay. Then scroll down and click Continue.

3. Choose the Credit Card payment option
On the Payment Method drop down menu, select Credit Card and click Continue.

4. Enter the credit card information
Enter the cardholder name, credit card number, expiration date, and security code.

5. Click Continue to proceed with checkout
You may choose to save your credit card for future use.

U.S. credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% fee.  Foreign credit card fees may vary depending on the country.

Pay your International Tuition through your Educational Institution's Website.  Students and families that would like to make tuition payments by wire transfer (IFT or International Funds Transfer) can now do so in CASHNet. SAIC and CASHNet work together to offer competitive wire transfer exchange rates.

Watch the video below to help you learn how to make a wire transfer (IFT) payment in CASHNet by going to Self-Service (referred to as our School Portal in the video). 

This video is available in the following languages:

English
Spanish
French
Indonesian
Cantonese/Traditional Chinese
Mandarin/Simplified Chinese
Korean
Hindi

SAIC's wire payments are processed in Cashnet. The following steps will guide you through the process:

1. Login to CASHNet
Students—Log into Self-service and click on the CASHNet button in the Financial Account section. Your internet browser's pop-up blocker must be turned off so CASHNet will open in a new tab or window.
Parents/Authorized Payer—Login into CASHNet directly at commerce.cashnet.com/saicpay.

2. Initiate Checkout
In the bottom right-hand corner, click Make a Payment and enter the amount you wish to pay. Then scroll down and click Continue.

3. Choose the Foreign Currency payment option
On the Payment Method drop down menu, select Foreign Currency and click Continue.

4. Enter the currency information
Select the country you are paying from and click Get a quote. On the next screen, select your desired currency.

  • If your home currency conversion displayed is higher than what your bank offers, please scroll to the bottom and click Show More Options to select USD. Selecting USD will allow you to take advantage of your bank's currency conversion rate.
  • If your home currency conversion displayed is the same or less than what your bank offers, you may select your home currency to take advantage of Western Union’s currency conversion rate.

5. Obtain Wire Transfer Instructions
You will receive wire transfer instructions that are valid for 72 hours.

6. Instruct your bank to transfer the funds (Do not go to a Western Union location)
Use the wire instructions provided to complete the payment through your bank. Your SAIC student account will be credited with the payment within 2-5 business days. Please do not reuse old wire payment instructions as this may cause delays with your payment. These steps must be completed each time you wish to make a wire payment.

If your payment does not credit your SAIC student account within 2-5 business days, please contact Western Union directly by phone 1(877)218-8829 or by email studentinquiries@westernunion.com for further assistance.

1. Login to CASHNet
Students—Log into Self-service and click on the CASHNet button in the Financial Account section. Your internet browser's pop-up blocker must be turned off so CASHNet will open in a new tab or window.
Parents/Authorized Payer—Login into CASHNet directly at commerce.cashnet.com/saicpay.

2. Initiate Checkout
In the bottom right-hand corner, click Make a Payment and enter the amount you wish to pay. Then scroll down and click Continue.

3. Choose the Electronic Check payment option
On the Payment Method drop down menu, select New bank account and click Continue.

4. Enter the bank account information
Enter the bank account holder name, account type, routing number, and bank account number. (Please note: wire routing numbers and debit card numbers are not used with electronic check payments.)

5. Click Continue to proceed with checkout
You may choose to save your account for future use.

Please be sure all information and payments are sent to the Student Financial Service office and NOT to the Bursar's Office to avoid a delay in the processing of these funds.

A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. Students should list the 529 Plan amount in the asset section of the FAFSA if the 529 Plan is in the name of the student or the dependent student's parent. It may be necessary for SAIC to adjust a student's FAFSA and their award package to meet federal, state, and institutional awarding policies. A 529 Plan payment will be applied as a "payment" on the student's account.

529 Plan Processing and Instructions
Students using a 529, College Savings or Qualified Education Plan to pay for educational expenses must notify Student Financial Services prior to the beginning of the semester. Students should complete a request to receive funds from their state provider four (4) weeks before the payment due date each semester that they are using the 529 Plan as payment towards their tuition charges. If the funding from these resources is intended to be used to pay for the balance due on the semester's payment due date and will be not received in time, we recommend that you enroll for a semester payment plan in order to keep your student account in good standing. Dates to request dates from your provider are as follows:

Term Date to Request Funds
from State Provider
Tuition/Fees
Payment Due Date
Summer April 15 May 15
Fall July 15 August 15
Winter November 15 December 15
Spring December 15 January 15

Students should inform the state provider sending the funds to the Student Financial Services office that their name and student ID number should appear on all correspondence and transactions. If the agency that holds your 529 benefits requires invoices, please contact Student Financial Services immediately with the contact information of the agency, and the name of the student. In some cases, SAIC may be required to complete a form or letter of credit that is provided by the 529 Plan provider.

Payments and correspondence should be sent to:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Attn: 529 Administrator
Student Financial Services, Sullivan Center
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1200
Chicago IL 60603