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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$62,330 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$44,910 tuition
$14,810 on campus room & board
$1,770 books and supplies
$840 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$62,330 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$44,910 tuition
$14,810 on campus room & board
$1,770 books and supplies
$840 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$14,959 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
85% of students receive aid
22% get federal aid ($5,469 avg)
6% get state aid ($4,563 avg)
84% get institn'l aid ($14,959 avg)
47% get loans ($10,559 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.07% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.07% 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 $16,691 84%
Federal Grant Aid $5,469 22%
Pell Grants $5,116 22%
Other Federal Grants $6,080 2%
Institution Grant Aid $14,959 84%
State Grant Aid $4,563 6%
Student Loans $10,559 47%
Federal Loans $6,234 39%
Other Loans $22,247 6%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
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- 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 $1,497
Out of State $1,497


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Nicolas from Riverview, FL
  • I am a current student here

    SAIC is expensive, like all art schools. There are certain things that are overpriced, such as the food on campus. There are also some fees that are charged that aren't very student-friendly.

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  • 3
  • Isabetta from West Fargo, ND
  • I am a current student here

    Honestly super expensive, especially for anyone who is lower-middle class or lower. Great experiences but have to Work Hard for scholarships and financial support.

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  • 5
  • Sarah from MA
  • 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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