The Student Accounts Office provides invoices and accepts payment for tuition, studio fees, equipment deposits, loan repayments, late registration, change of program fees, and student health insurance.

For tuition questions, billing, and balances, contact Student Accounts.


For information on current tuition and fees, visit Tuition + Fees.

For information on scholarships and financial aid, visit Scholarships + Grants.


We offer alternative options for payment that must be chosen prior to the tuition due date. Tuition payment plans are only in effect for the current term, and must be renewed each semester. The current options include a full payment plan and a monthly payment plan.


Student may pay online or in the Students Account Office. Payments are accepted in Check, Credit/Debit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express), ACH or Wire Transfer payable to “San Francisco Art Institute.” Please include the student name on any payment. Monthly payments may also be charged to a debit card by installment plan and will be automatically charged on the first of each month.

Online Payment:

Fees + Interests:

  • Monthly Payment Plan: an administrative fee of $25 per semester.
  • Returned Checks: $50 fee.
  • Late fees: $25 per month will be charged for all delinquent payments received after the 15th of the month.
  • Interest will be charged at the rate of 0.83% per month on the outstanding balance after the published tuition payment due date.


The tuition fees are due by the end of the second week of classes. You may check the Academic Calendar for the exact date.

Your semester balance must be paid in full by this date unless fully covered by financial aid, or unless you have set up a payment plan with the Student Accounts Office. Students who enroll in classes after these deadlines must satisfy their balance by the last day of Add/Drop. Failure to do so may result in being administratively withdrawn.


Faculty-Led Programs

The cost of off-campus Faculty-Led Programs is three units (more where applicable) of per-unit tuition costs, along with program course fees that vary by program.

Program course fees are charged to a student’s account at the time of registration and are due in full by the date noted on the individual program’s literature. All fees must be paid before departure. All deposits and fees for Faculty-Led Programs are nonrefundable.


Proof of student health insurance is mandatory for all students enrolled in 6 credit units or more. A Student Health Insurance Plan is offered through SFAI and is automatically added to your student billing account unless proof of coverage is submitted within the waiver period.

For more information about the current Health Insurance plan offered by SFAI, check Student Health Insurance Plan.


Enrollment constitutes a financial contract between the student and San Francisco Art Institute. The student’s rights to services and benefits are contingent upon making all payments as agreed upon.

If payments of amounts owed to SFAI are not made when they become due, SFAI will administratively withdraw the student for the current term by the add & drop deadline, and withhold their diplomas and scholastic certificates.

Prior to registering for a new term, a student must pay any outstanding balances from any preceding terms. If the student does not pay their outstanding balances or make payment arrangements satisfactory to SFAI, they will not be permitted to register.

Failure to maintain good financial standing with SFAI will result in denied participation in any deferred payment plans and/or some forms of financial aid. In addition, balances due to SFAI are reported by our collection agencies, which may impact the student’s credit ratings.


The office also disburses loans, grants, refunds, and other reimbursements associated with financial aid awards and tuition payments. For more information, kindly check the Student Portal.