Q. Who can apply to the Los Angeles Film School?
A. Anyone who meets the minimum admissions requirements as stated in our school catalog may apply to LAFS.
Q. What are the requirements for admission?
A. Prospective students seeking admission to The Los Angeles Film School must have one of the following: High School Diploma, passing score on the GED Exam or High School Certificate of Proficiency.
Q. Will anyone help me with my forms?
A. Once you have been accepted and met all admissions requirements as stated in the School Catalog, an International Relations Specialist and/or the International Relations Coordinator will reach out to you to begin the process of submitting the required documentation in order to process the I-20 form.
Q. What types of forms are needed for the I-20 form?
- International Student Application
- Bank statement or certified letter proving minimum financial ability to meet tuition and living expenses
- High school diploma, passing score on the GED exam, High School Certificate of Proficiency. An evaluation of Diploma/Certificate from Evaluation World is required.
- Academic evaluation of foreign credentials if submitting college transcripts
- Proof of English Proficiency.
Q. Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
A. You do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS if:
- English is your native language
- You attended college or high school in the United States
- You are currently enrolled in ELS and meet our minimum level requirements (Level 110 for the Associate degree programs and level 112 for the Bachelor program)
- Your high school was taught in English
If those circumstances do not apply to you, then it is required for you take the TOEFL or the IELTS.
Q. If I need to take English classes, can you help me find a school?
A. In most cases, we can recommend or refer you to an ESL or Language Program, either in your country or here in the United States. We have an ELS branch here on campus that interested students can attend with the intention to transfer into the Los Angeles Film School. Please visit their website, www.els.edu , for more information.
Q. Will you transfer classes I took while studying in my country or abroad?
A. In order for your previous course work to be evaluated for transfer, you will need to submit an official sealed transcript if the courses were taken in the United States. If your college transcripts are from another country other than the United States, it is required that you have a course-by-course evaluation ordered for your college transcripts. This official evaluation will then need to be provided to us in order for the courses to be evaluated internally for transfer credit.
Q. Is there financial aid available?
A. No, international students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid; however, we offer limited scholarships for international students. Please consult your International Relations Specialist for details.
Q. Can I work while I study?
A. No, you will not be able to seek paid employment while a student on an F-1 visa.
Q. Once I’m accepted into a program, what happens?
A. Once you have been accepted, an International Relations Specialist and/or the International Relations Coordinator will contact you to assist with all your paper work and documentation.
Q. Do you have dorms?
A. No; however, we have an onsite Housing Coordinator who will assist you in finding an apartment in Los Angeles.
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Q. Are there any programs to help International Students once they arrive in the US?
- Peer Advisors
- Student/Academic Advisors
Q. Can I travel back to my country for Vacation/School Breaks?
A. Yes, you are allowed to travel outside or within the United States while you maintain a fulltime status during school breaks. Please consult your Student/Academic Advisor and/or International Relations Coordinator for more information.
Q. What’s the earliest I can enter the United States once I receive my Passport and Visa?
A. 30 days prior to the start date indicated on your I-20 form.
Q. What type of Visa does your school offer?
A. F-1 Visa
Q. Am I allowed to take online classes/course at the Los Angeles Film School?
A. Yes, international students on an F-1 visa can take a mix of on-ground and online classes. We also now offer full online degree programs that do not require an F-1 Visa. Please speak with the International Relations Coordinator for more details.
Q. Why do I need to get my foreign credentials evaluated?
A. For our institutions accreditation it is required that your high school diploma meets the equivalency of one earned in the United States. You only are required to have your college transcripts evaluated if you are submitting them for Associate’s degree credit or transfer credits.
FINANCIAL AID FAQS
Q. What requirements must I meet to be eligible for financial aid at The Los Angeles Film School?
A. Here are the basics. In order to qualify for federal and state financial aid, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a social security number.
- Be registered with the Selective Service (if you’re a male over the age of 18).
- Be able to present a standard high school diploma or equivalent degree (GED).
- Not owe a refund on any previous government grants, taxes, or be in default on any previous government loans.
- Enroll in one of our degree programs.
Q. What am I eligible to receive for financial aid?
A. As an international student, you are not eligible for federal or state financial aid based on the stipulations indicated above. Some private loan companies will provide student loans to international students who have an American citizen as a cosigner. Please speak with your International Relations Specialist at The Los Angeles Film School for more information.
Q. Do I have to take out loans?
A. As part of the requirements for the international student enrollment process, it is necessary for students to provide a bank statement or letter showing the minimum cost of tuition and general living expenses as a balance from either the student themselves, or a sponsor. Students approved for a loan that covers tuition and living expenses can provide a statement from the bank that validates the financial requirement.
Q. Are there any scholarships available?
A. Yes, our school does offer merit-based scholarships for international students. For more scholarship information, contact your International Relations Specialist or the International Relations Coordinator.
Q. Do I have to pay anything while I am in school?
A. Yes; Please speak with your International Relations Specialist regarding payment plan options or your specific payment plan.
Q. Are there additional charges or fees for payment plans?
A. There are no upfront fees. However, payments not made within five (5) days will be automatically assessed a $25 late fee on the 6th business day, with no exceptions. All student privileges (access to school, equipment, etc.) will be suspended if payments are not made immediately following the due date. Student also agrees to pay the school any collection expenses it may incur as a result of nonpayment, including legal fees and court costs.