Important Information 

Registration + Fees

Online registration is open to both SAIC and non-SAIC students. Registration is not an automated process as we are a unique place that has to manage housing as well. We will process the registration requests in the order they are received, emailing a registration confirmation soon after. Please call (800) 318-3019 if you would like confirmation that we received your information. In the event that the course you requested is full, you will receive an email or call informing you of your status on the wait list or that you have been enrolled in your second choice course.

Registration Dates

MARCH 20, 2017


In-Person registration & work scholarship sign-up begin at 8:30 AM, Ox-Bow Office: Sullivan, 36 S Wabash, 1425. Online Registration begins at 1:00 PM CST & continues until classes are filled.

MARCH 24, 2016

Open Registration by Mail

Please send a completed registration form with payment to: Ox-Bow Registration, 36 S. Wabash, 12th floor, Chicago, IL 60603. Registrations will be processed in the order they are received.

MON. APRIL 3, 2017

Open Online Registration

Online Registration opens at 8:30 AM CST and continues until classes are filled.

Course + Housing Fees

Additional Fees

Single Room Fee

A limited number of single rooms are available for an extra charge of $100 per week on a first-come, first-served basis.  This fee is not charged until the availability of a single room can be confirmed, which is upon arrival at Ox-Bow for check-in.


Lab Fees

Lab fees are listed with each course description.  Lab fees cover the cost of essential class materials supplied by Ox-Bow, including fuel/electricity costs (if applicable), studio maintenance, large-batch supplies . Please note the new studio fee structure for all Metals Courses. All fees are due at the time of registration.


Ox-Bow Drop Policy

Please read carefully, Ox-Bow's drop policy is not the same as SAIC's drop policy.

To drop a course, students must submit the request in writing to using Ox-Bow's online drop form. Call (800) 318-3019 for more information. Simply not attending does not constitute a drop. Additionally, it is not possible to drop an Ox-Bow course through the SAIC Portal or through the SAIC Registrar.  

The following drop fees will be assessed dependent on when you drop your course:

  • From the first day of registration until 4:30 pm on Friday, April 21: Students will receive a full refund minus a $100 drop fee.
  • If you drop after Friday, April 21 until 3 weeks prior to your first day of class: Students will receive a full refund minus $250 drop fee + any lab fees associated with the class.
  • If you drop within 3 weeks of the start date of your class: No refunds will be given. Drops due to an unforeseen emergency (i.e. hospitalization, etc.) are eligible to be contested through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Refund Review Board. Documentation is required and refunds are typically partial. Please contact Ox-Bow’s registrar at or (800) 318-3019 for refund review forms and information.