Public Education Policies

Student + Campus Policies

We are excited to have you join us on campus as you make work and enfold into the SFAI art community. Please review the Public Education Student Guidelines + Resources document for information on available student resources, and student and campus policies. 

For complete student rights, regulations, procedures, and information, refer to the SFAI Student + Campus Handbook

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be made in writing to publiceducation@sfai.edu.

For courses that meet for ten sessions or more , a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.

For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.


Payment Policy

All payments are due at the time of registration.

  • VISA, MasterCard, and Discover cards are accepted for payment through the Public Education online registration system.
  • Tuition payments may be made by cash, check, credit card, or bank draft payable to “San Francisco Art Institute”.
  • A $50 fee will be charged for returned checks.

Cancelled Courses

San Francisco Art Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any course or to change the instructor. In the case of a course cancellation, students are entitled to a full refund of tuition and lab fees.

Cancellations due to under enrollment are made up to 24 hours before the first class. Students are notified of cancellations by email or phone as soon as possible and given the option of enrolling in a different course or receiving a full refund.

Classes may be rescheduled due to force majeure.

Obligation for Payment

Enrollment constitutes a financial contract between the student and San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). The student’s rights to services and benefits are contingent upon the student making all payments as agreed upon. If payments of amounts owed to SFAI are not made when they become due, SFAI has the right to cancel the student’s registration and/or administratively withdraw them from the current term. In addition, balances due to SFAI are reported by our collection agencies, which may impact the student’s credit ratings. Prior to registering for a new term, the 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. This policy applies to any outstanding balances with SFAI.

Materials

Please note that most materials are not included in the cost of the tuition for each course. Students should expect to bring all materials to the first day of class, unless otherwise instructed. Materials can range in cost from $0–$250 depending on the course. If you have concerns over the cost of materials, please contact Public Education staff prior to registering.

Teacher Discount

We are pleased to provide Public Education units for teachers and a 10% discount on all courses for art teachers. Please contact us at 415.749.4554 prior to registering. Verification of current employment will be required.