Tuition and Fees

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The cost of an education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago includes more than just tuition. There are housing costs (if you live on campus in the Resident Halls), various fees including SAIC Health Insurance, Technology and U-Pass fees. You can get the complete financial picture on this website.

Tuition and fees are charged to the student's account based on the number of actual enrolled credit hours and are charged by the semester. Charges begin being placed on a student's account according to the following calendar if the student is enrolled. Once charged, the details can be seen in Self-Service and students can request their own statement of account 24/7. Students may not register for the next semester if there is a past due balance on their student account.

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Tuition/Fee Charges And Billing Cycle

Semester Estimated Date that Charges are Available Online (for Enrolled Students) Estimated First Bill Date (approx. third week of each month)
Summer Second Week of April Third week of April
Fall Second Week of July Third week of July
Winter Second Week of November Third week of November
Spring Second Week of December Third week of December