Tuition and Fees

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Students can use the new Navigate mobile app to make an appointment with Student Financial Services (SFS) staff. Details at  

SAIC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. The best way to contact Student Financial Services is via email: . Visit for the latest information. We appreciate your patience.

Students: If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may apply for CARES and SAIC Emergency assistance here.  Only students may access this form using their SAIC Google email account.

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.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students – Public Announcement

On July 7, 2020, SAIC received notification from the Department of Education that its application for $1,083,887 in emergency financial aid grants to students was approved for funding. SAIC presents the following information, which fulfills the disclosures required by the US Department of Education in connection with the receipt and disbursement of CARES Act Funding to eligible students. 

SAIC signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund ("HEERF") emergency financial aid grants. In keeping with the terms of the certification, the SAIC will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. As of September 30th, the School has distributed a total of $507,000 in CARES emergency grants to students, or 523 students have received CARES emergency grants. SAIC estimates that approximately 1,900 students are eligible to participate in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Students have been provided with the following instructions and guidance concerning CARES Act funding.

On July 17, 2020, SAIC requested that all eligible students complete an online application by August 7 in order to receive a CARES grant in the amount of $300. Funding decisions will prioritize students with the greatest need. Distributions are being processed soon after applications are received. Once the application deadline passes, a second round of funding will prioritize students with the greatest need. Those students who receive the initial $300 will remain eligible for additional funding, contingent on their level of need. SAIC urges all students who are eligible to apply. Our second round of funding will ensure that we distribute the entire allotment received from the federal government for student support to eligible applicants.


Budget Worksheet Information Sessions
Financial Literacy with Financial Avenue
2020-21 Student Financial Services Checklist


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 First Week of August Second week of August
Winter Second Week of November Third week of November
Spring Second Week of December Third week of December