Financial Aid

Learn about financial aid options to help pay for your education at SAE Institute.

Financial Aid Assistance


SAE Institute USA offers financial assistance to our students via Federal Student Aid, to those who qualify.  We also accept GI Bill Veteran Funding, for veterans who qualify. Select campuses may offer additional federal aid. In addition, we also accept credit-based student loans from third party companies.

Financial Aid Documents

Please select your campus below to download a Financial Aid overview with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for assistance. For your convenience, we've listed the corresponding FAFSA codes next to each campus.

Atlanta (042066)

Chicago (038303)

Los Angeles (042058)

Miami (042079)

Nashville (038303)

New York (039883)

San Francisco (042058)

San Jose (039733)

SAE Expression College (039733)

Please note: Chicago and Nashville share a FAFSA code as do Los Angeles and San Francisco, however for LA/SF you are able to select your campus of choice.

Veterans Benefits

From the front lines to bass lines

SAE Institute has taken part in working with the Department of Veteran Affairs to bring the veteran community the opportunity to explore careers in the Creative Media industries. We are GI Bill certified and pride ourselves on a being a veteran-friendly environment, accepting GI Bill veteran funding for veterans who qualify. US military veterans, service members, members of the Selected Reserve, and their dependents can apply for education benefits. Select campuses may offer additional VA education benefits such as VRAP or the Post 911 Bill. Please refer to the campus Financial Aid document for this information.

If you're a veteran interested in attending SAE, please fill out a VONAPP (Veterans Onlne Application) to apply for education benefits. Once you complete your application, you will receive a certificate of eligibility. You must then bring this certificate and your DD214 to your Financial Aid Administrator. Once you have fulfilled all admission requirements and submitted your VA forms, you will be certified to receive your benefits.

If you have any questions regarding military aid, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-872-1504. You can also get started by booking your campus tour today!

For more information on military aid benefits, please visit

Credit Based Student Loans

These loans are available to students with good credit and may require a co-signer. They may be used to fully or partially fund educational costs. For more information about these loans and the process to obtain them, please contact the school and speak to a Financial Aid Administrator.

Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae offers two choices in credit based student loans. Both loans allow you flexibility to design the loan that is right for your needs. The loans offer competitive fixed or variable interest rates, and a choice of repayment options.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan
A loan for students in certificate, associate or bachelors degree programs. Offers the option of adding a co-signer. For more information and to apply:

Sallie Mae Parent Loan
A loan for parents or other creditworthy individuals who want to take responsibility for financing a student’s education. For more information and to apply: