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New York Film Academy Financial Aid

Scholarships and Grants

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Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships are private funds that do not have to be repaid. Scholarships can come from a variety of sources -- community groups, corporate donors, or the New York Film Academy; each with its own requirements and application process. They are an excellent resource for students seeking help with the cost of their education and can help reduce the dependence on loans to cover educational costs. Students are encouraged to search and apply for as many scholarships as possible.

Free Scholarship Search Engines
Below, you will find links to online scholarship search sites listing thousands of scholarships and financial aid awards.
          •   College Board
          •   Fastweb
          •   Finaid
          •   IEFA International
          •   College Answer

Federal Pell Grant (Pell)
The maximum Pell Grant for 2018-19 award year is $6,095
The Pell Grant is awarded to eligible undergraduate students who have not earned a Bachelor's or professional degree. Award amounts are based on the student's level of need and enrollment status. If the student is enrolled less than full-time, the award will be prorated. Applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to begin the award review process.

Many states offer grant programs to qualified residents however most of the state grant programs require attendance in that state for grant eligibility. For example, the California Student Aid Commission in California offers CAL Grants to California residents attending California institutions. Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit for specific grant program requirements. Residents of the state of Florida may access Florida State Grant Program Eligibility by visiting for additional information regarding Florida State Grant programs.

Many of our programs have been approved for veterans education benefits. In addition, all those who are not fully covered by the Post-9/11 GI bill will receive a 15% discount on tuition. Please see or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) for information on your eligibility and how to obtain your certificate of eligibility.

Please contact our Office of Veterans Services, 818-333-3558 to confirm program approvals.

Holders of the International Baccalaureate are eligible for a $500 per year Tuition Grant.
Additionally, International Baccalaureate holders will receive special consideration for the Need Based Tuition Assistance grant.

Need Based Tuition Assistance
The Need Based Tuition Assistance is designed for students with financial need in order to help reduce the cost of education in New York Film Academy's long-term programs including the One-year and Two-year Conservatory Programs as well as the AFA, BA, BFA, MA and MFA degree programs. In order to qualify, applicants must show a credible need through documentation such as income tax statements or bank statements. Applicants must also submit an essay describing their need and accomplishments.


Fax completed application to the attention of Financial Aid: Fax: 818-333-3557

Talent Based Tuition Award The Talent Based Tuition Award is a program designed to identify applicants with exceptional aptitude for their program of study. All Talent Based Awards are based on an applicant's audition or portfolio and determined by the Admissions Department during the admissions process. Please contact your Enrollment Advisor for more information about the guidelines or email

Merit Based Tuition Award The New York Film Academy’s Merit Based Tuition Award provides financial assistance to qualified candidates of the college's Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs. Recipients must demonstrate a history of academic achievement in addition to leadership, community service and a commitment to the arts.

In order to be eligible for a Merit Based Tuition Award, candidates must be accepted to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Applicants are evaluated based upon information provided in the admissions process including high school GPA and documentation of leadership roles, awards, community service or arts involvement.

*International Students that wish to be considered for a Merit Based Tuition Award must have academic transcripts converted by WES into a U.S. equivalent GPA.

Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship The New York Film Academy Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship provides financial assistance to outstanding candidates of the school's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in Filmmaking and Acting for Film. Recipients must demonstrate the values set forth by New York Film Academy to further the art of visual storytelling. Candidates will exhibit exemplary purpose, creativity, and commitment to community. All scholarship decisions by NYFA are at its sole and absolute discretion and final. CLICK HERE for more information.

Please visit the Financial Aid for International Students page for more information about financial aid opportunities that may be available to International Students.

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