School of the Art Institute of Chicago College Arts Access Program

Scholarship & Organization Description
The College Arts Access Program (CAAP) is a college bridge program for Chicago Public Schools students committed to studying art and design. Developed to support exceptional students who demonstrate significant financial need, scholarships are provided to cover all program tuition and fees. Designed as a three-year, holistic program, CAAP prepares CPS high school students with the skills and preparation needed for admission to and success at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), another school of art and design, or any post-secondary institution. In addition to covering all tuition and fees associated with the program, students earn up to six college credits, receive academic advising, mentorship, and college admission support. If CAAP students are accepted to SAIC upon graduating from the program, they are eligible for special undergraduate scholarships and are guaranteed on-campus jobs.

Website: College Arts Access Program
Application: Download Here
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

CAAP students are chosen based on:

  • A demonstrated commitment to academic excellence
  • 3.0 GPA recommended with strong attendance record
  • Interest in pursuing a creative career path at a postsecondary institution
  • Recommendation from a teacher or other academic professional
  • CAAP Application (including a personal essay)
  • Portfolio Submission
  • Financial need

Renewable: Yes. The scholarship is a 3-year program commitment (Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years- students take one course per term in fall, spring, and summer until the spring term of their senior year).
Open to DREAMers: Yes

For questions or concerns: Email or call 312.629.6170

Scholarships will be provided to cover program tuition and fees, art supplies, transportation fees, and meal costs.