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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$56,515 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$39,810 tuition
$14,190 on campus room & board
$1,740 books and supplies
$775 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$56,515 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$39,810 tuition
$14,190 on campus room & board
$1,740 books and supplies
$775 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$11,099 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
100% of students receive aid
21% get federal aid ($4,741 avg)
7% get state aid ($4,711 avg)
99% get institn'l aid ($11,099 avg)
41% get loans ($9,494 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.93% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.93% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $12,397 99%
Federal Grant Aid $4,741 21%
Pell Grants $4,349 21%
Other Federal Grants $3,857 2%
Institution Grant Aid $11,099 99%
State Grant Aid $4,711 7%
Student Loans $9,494 41%
Federal Loans $6,681 41%
Other Loans $24,810 5%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
- R
- R
- R
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does School of the Art Institute of Chicago offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 629-6100
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,327
Out of State $1,327


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Sarah from MA
  • Dec-22-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    SAIC is one of the most expensive art schools on the market, but they are very generous with financial aid. I attended an SAIC event and they waived my application fee. I also received a merit scholarship for my portfolio worth about $71.5 thousand. Say what?! SAIC students get the advantage of a "U-Pass" that allows students to use Chicago transportation for much less (saving about $200 a year on transport). This school has a ton of extremely expensive and high-quality technology that most students are allowed to use regardless of whether they are enrolled in the course, including animation and recording suites, darkrooms, cameras, puppet studios, etc. Museum admission is free and students get exclusive hands-on access to collections not on display. Additionally, SAIC is really on top of internships, which are required and not very competitive (more internships than students). Job connections after graduation are also very good, I hear.

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  • Yitzhak from Oak Park, MI
  • Apr-30-2015 I am a past student here

    SAIC is extremely expensive and they're stingy with financial aid. If you're very much devoted to making art, you will probably be happy here. For anyone else, I'd recommend going elsewhere.

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  • 2
  • Painter from Chicago, IL
  • Oct-19-2014 I am a current student here

    -Cook for yourself and get out of the Loop for some furniture and groceries! -Buy art materials during the sale time in Blick!

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  • 4
  • Katharine
  • May-21-2014 I am a current student here

    I believe that I chose the best school for me. It's challenging where I need it and forgiving when I need that too. Some people aren't cut out for the hard work here and the expectations of the teachers. A lot of the success I have had here is because I worked for it. No one is going to hand you gallery shows or notice, you have to prove to people that you deserve it and the rest will come to you.

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  • 4
  • Katie
  • Feb-27-2014 I am a current student here

    I think this school is ridiculously overpriced, however I think I am getting my money's worth or I'm at least not hurt about having to pay it.

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