Here you will find information on applying for federal, state, and other forms of aid that will assist you in funding one of our degree programs. To begin the process, explore our Net Price Calculator to obtain information on program pricing and preliminary estimates of available funding: Link: NET PRICE CALCULATOR

Now that you have learned more about the pricing structure of our programs, it is time to discover the various types of assistance we can provide to offset these costs. The Los Angeles Film School’s Financial Aid Department is here to assist you in understanding what we offer, as well as counsel you in making the best decisions for long-term planning. Approximately 80 percent of our students receive some form of Financial Aid during their educational program. Each financial aid package is unique to the student’s personal situation, and we would like to help you in determining your specific needs.

Please read below to learn more about the FAFSA application, government aid, and other assistance programs that are available to students of our school. Better yet, contact us to schedule an appointment so we can walk you through the process in person. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

FAFSA APPLICATION

Students must fill out a “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) to begin the process of applying for Financial Aid. You can learn more about the FAFSA, obtain a PIN, and apply online by visiting fafsa.ed.gov. When completing the application, please input the following school code in step six: 040373.

FEDERAL GRANTS

Pell Grant

This is a federal grant awarded to students with exceptional need, and is money that does not need to be repaid. The exact award amount is based on the information provided on the FAFSA, with the maximum amount not to exceed $5,730 per award year. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and meet the eligibility requirements for this grant. For more information on the Pell Grant program, please click here or contact a Financial Aid representative.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This is a need-based federal grant for students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that is below a certain level. The annual award amount is determined by the institution based on the budget and annual funds that have been allocated.

FEDERAL LOANS

Students are eligible to participate in the Direct Loan Program. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet all eligibility requirements to apply. First time borrowers must complete loan entrance counseling, as well as an electronic master promissory note prior to fund disbursement. Exit counseling is also required at graduation. Direct Loans are originated and disbursed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan

This is a Federal loan in which the government pays for all interest while the student is attending school. The student begins repayment on the principal and interest for the loan six months after graduation. Dependent and independent students may borrow up to $3,500.00 in their freshman academic year, $4,500 in their sophomore year, and $5,500 in their junior year (pro-rations may apply). Student must meet all eligibility requirements per government regulations.

Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan

This is a Federal loan in which the borrower accrues interest while attending school. The student begins repayment on the principal and interest for the loan six months after graduation. First-year dependent and independent students may borrow up to $2,000.00 in each academic year. All independent students (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) and any dependent students whose parents do not qualify for the PLUS loan may borrow an additional $4,000.00 in each academic year. Student must meet all eligibility requirements per government regulations.

Parent PLUS Loan

This is a Federal loan in which the parent is the borrower on the loan. The student must be dependent (as defined by the Department of Education) in order for the parent to be eligible to apply for this loan. The borrower must be the biological parent or a step-parent that is the spouse of a biological parent. The borrower’s credit must be approved in order to obtain this loan, but there are no minimum or maximum levels of borrowing. However, when combining this loan with the student’s other financial aid awards, the parent cannot borrow an amount that would cause the student to exceed their cost of education. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or otherwise leaves his or her educational program.

Federal Work Study

Work Study is available to eligible students who qualify. We advise interested students to meet with our Work Study Coordinator to view available positions. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to continue in the Work Study program. Funding varies depending on annual allocation from Department of Education, as well as on open positions. For more information on the Federal Work Study program, please click here or consult with the Work Study Coordinator in the Financial Aid department.

ALTERNATIVE LOANS

Private loans are available for students to cover their tuition balances or living expenses once all federal assistance has been exhausted. Please click here for more information on the Truth in Lending Act (15 U.S.C. 1638(e)).

It is important to note that students may qualify for loans or other assistance programs under Title IV, HEA programs and that the terms and conditions of Title IV, HEA program loans may be more favorable than the provisions of private education loans. Students are free to use any lender of their choosing when applying for alternative loans. Students who wish to make use of private lending options must complete a self-certification form (available here) and forward to the lender of their choice.

For more information on the school’s policy related to relationships with private lenders, please visit this link regarding the institution’s code of conduct. LAFS Code of Conduct Private Lenders

GRANT/SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES

Like grants, scholarships do not require repayment. They are awarded according to any number of factors, which may include academic merit, performing talent, participation in certain activities and/or special interests, or demonstrated financial need. Scholarship requirements and application procedures vary depending upon the criteria set by the scholarship provider.

Institutional Scholarship

The Los Angeles Film School is proud to offer various scholarship options to our prospective students interested in completing one of our degree programs. This Scholarship Guide will provide an overview of the types of opportunities offered. Please read the description for each program to determine if any of these programs are right for you. We invite you to contact our Financial Aid department for more information and to obtain an application.

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE

At The Los Angeles Film School, we recognize that deciding where and how to pursue your higher education is an important and life-changing decision. The scholarships listed below are designed to assist with financing your eduation at The Los Angeles Film School. Each program is unique and intent to serve the diverse population of students that walk through our doors.

Dedication Scholarship

Purpose: Travel reimbursement for individuals attending All Access Tour and live 100 miles or more from the school (must start class within 60 days of attending event).
Award: $500 in first academic year/$500 in second academic year (with a 3.0 GPA)
Merit-Based Alumni Scholarship

Purpose: Recognition of students who perform at a high academic level in the Bachelor’s – Entertainment Business program.
Award: $1,000 immediately prior to graduation (if GPA was 2.8 or higher)

$2,000 immediately prior to graduation (if GPA was 3.25 or higher)

Military Media Scholarship

Purpose: Recognition of students who have served in the Armed Forces that have successfully completed the LAFS Bachelor’s – Entertainment Business program
Award: $4,000 in first academic year
Need-Based Scholarship

Purpose: Awarded to needs-based students that require assistance in closing tuition gaps and/or other emergency situations. This scholarship is awarded only after all other funding options have been exhausted and is offered at the discretion of the institution. Financial Aid will notify students who may qualify.
Award: Varies based on program, number of applicants, and availabily of funds.

Women In Entertainment Media Scholarship

Purpose: Award promising females that have enrolled in an Associate’s program at The Los Angeles Film School and have demonstrated a financial need (through completion of FAFSA).
Award: $2,000 in first academic year (for Associate’s degree programs)
California Resident Media Scholarship

Purpose: Award future graduates of the Computer Animation and Game Production associate programs. Student must provide proof of California residency and have demonstrated a financial need (through completion of FAFSA).
Award: $2,000 in first academic year of the Computer Animation and Game Production Associate’s degree programs
More scholarships are independent and cannot be combined with other internal scholarships. Please speak with your Financial Aid representative to learn more about these programs and to obtain an application for consideration.

Outside Private Scholarships

Many clubs and organizations offer scholarships to vocational students. You can obtain information about these awards from high school guidance offices, the library, or from the Internet. Past students have used the following free Internet scholarship search engines:

If you or your family belongs to any social, civic, ethnic, religious, professional, or service group, you should contact these private organizations directly. They often have educational assistance programs that they do not advertise. Additionally, employers often have education assistance plans for employees and/or dependents.

OTHER SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Veteran’s Benefits

The Los Angeles Film School is proud to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program. These military education benefits can be applied to housing expenses and fees, in addition to tuition. For more information on these programs and other approved chapters from the Veterans Affairs office, please contact our Military Admissions Office at (323) 494-5200 or military@lafilm.com.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Several states have government-funded programs that enable vocational rehabilitation training for individuals that meet specific guidelines. The criteria for funding from these training programs most often include non-traditional students that are entering or re-entering the work force. Vocational rehabilitation programs vary from state to state, and are intended to be used after all federal financial programs have been exhausted. For more information on Military Vocational Rehabilitation, please contact our Military Admissions office at 323- 494-5200 or military@lafilm.com.

CONTACT US

The Financial Aid Department is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and welcomes students to come inside and learn more! We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your specific situation.

Financial Aid Phone: (323) 860-0789

Financial Aid Email: finaid@lafilm.com

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