Refund Policy

Withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing to Public Education.

Fax: 415.351.3516

Email: yap@sfai.edu

Mail: Young Artist Program 
          San Francisco Art Institute
          800 Chestnut Street
          San Francisco, CA 94133


Last day for 100% refund (minus $20 processing fee): Two weeks prior to the course start date

Last day for 80% refund (minus $20 processing fee): Five business days before the course start date

Last day for 50% refund (minus $20 processing fee): Three business days after the course start date



SFAI does not automatically drop students who do not attend following registration. Nonattendance does not constitute an official drop. Charges will remain in effect. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Public Education when adding or dropping a course.

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.

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.


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 class, unless otherwise instructed. Materials can range in cost from $0–$250 depending on the course. If you have concerns about the cost of materials, please contact Public Education staff prior to registering.    

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.


Occasionally courses are cancelled if the minimum enrollment is not met. In such cases, registrants may enroll in their second choice course or receive a full refund.

Courses may be rescheduled due to force majeure.