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New York Film Academy Financial Aid


If you received financial aid funding and withdraw from all of your classes within the first 60% of the term NYFA must recalculate your financial aid eligibility according to a federally prescribed formula. Because funds are awarded based on completion of the term, your eligibility must be recalculated based on the actual number of days you attended. This will determine if you received funds for which you are not eligible. You are required to notify the Registrar’s office if you intend to withdraw. Failure to attend classes for 2 subsequent scheduled class periods may result in an institutional withdrawal from student  aid eligibility.

We recommend that you check with the financial aid office to find out if you will owe a repayment before withdrawing from all of your classes. We can advise you while you are considering withdrawing as to what will happen in your specific situation.

You must officially withdraw from all your classes using the appropriate withdrawal procedures as listed in the student  handbook. When you officially withdraw from all your classes our office is notified. If required, we will do the recalculation of aid for you.

We must recalculate your eligibility according to federal regulations for the aid you have received if you withdraw from all your classes within the first 60% of the term.

Your last date of recorded attendance in class may be used to calculate the percentage of attendance within the term. This date will be determined based on the following information:

  • The date you provided official notification to the Academy by submitting an approved and completed notice of withdrawal form to Office of the Registrar. Official notification may be made by completing the official withdrawal form. If you are unable to complete this form, oral or email notification may be provided to an official within the Office of the Registrar.
  • The date you stopped attending your scheduled classes or your last date of academically related activity.
  • The last day of attendance if you fail to return from an approved leave of absence.
  • In the event of a medical withdrawal, the withdrawal date is the date indicated by the physician that you were unable to participate in academic activities
  • If you do not provide official notification of withdrawal your calculation will be determined using the midpoint of the payment period or period of enrollment or the last date of an academically related activity in which you participated.
Remember that this date is only for the purposes of the Federal aid recalculation. If you provide notification of intent to withdraw, the date of the notification will not be used in possible fee refund determination or recorded as your official withdrawal date by the Academy.


The first step is to determine the date you began the withdrawal process. Based on available information, we use the last date of attendance, which is established as described above.

Based on your withdrawal date, we then determine the percentage of the semester you attended. This percentage is then applied to the aid disbursed or that could have been disbursed to determine the amount you earned. If the amount disbursed to you is less than the amount you earned, we will notify you of your eligibility and give you the opportunity to receive that aid. If the amount disbursed to you is greater than the amount you earned, then unearned funds have to be returned. This may include a return of the funds you have received for living expenses If the Academy is required to return funds that you have not yet earned, you may be required to pay this amount to the Academy.

Aid will be returned in the following order (as required under regulation):
  • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan (Graduate Student)
  • Federal PLUS Loan (Parent)
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The return of funds (grants and loans) by the Academy is paid from the Academy's resources, which may create an obligation from you to the Academy. Any return of loan funds required of you will be in accordance with the terms of the promissory note..

If you owe a repayment, you will receive a billing notice from the Bursar for the amount of funds for which you are not eligible. If you are eligible to receive additional funds, we will send you a notice explaining the process and your options.

Until you pay the balance in full: you will not be eligible for further federal financial aid and not be allowed to enroll in any future semesters or access Academy services.

Students must officially withdraw and submit a Refund Request form to the registrar’s office in person, by electronic mail, or by Certified Mail.

A student  who officially withdraws before the first day of class from all courses will be refunded the total tuition minus all Institutional fees.

Students who officially withdraw from all courses after the first class will be refunded on a prorated basis up until 40% of the semester (for long term programs) or program (for short term programs). After 40% of the semester or program is completed there will be no refund.

Title IV Financial Aid Funds will be refunded according to the Federal Title IV Refund Formula.

In compliance with California education law and BPPE regulations, the New York Film Academy advises each student  of the following policies with regard to refunds of tuition and institutional charges:

BUYER'S RIGHT TO CANCEL. The student has a right to cancel this enrollment agreement and obtain a refund. A notice of cancellation or withdrawal must be made in writing. The written request must include the following information: specific timeframes, such as the date the course started and the date of cancellation or withdrawal. Notice of Withdrawal forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

Any  student who intends to cancel or withdraw must submit a signed and dated copy of the Notice of Withdrawal Form, or any other form of written notice that includes the required information to:

New York Film Academy
3300 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505

REFUND INFORMATION: The student has a right to a full refund of all charges less the amount of $100.00 for the registration fee if he/she cancels this agreement prior to midnight following the first day of instruction. The amount retained for the registration fee may not exceed one hundred dollars ($100).

The New York Film Academy will refund 100% of the amount paid for institutional charges, less an administrative processing fee of $100.00 if notice of cancellation is made through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh class day after enrollment, whichever is later.

After the 100% refund period described above, a student may withdraw from a course after instruction has started and receive a pro rata refund (less a non-refundable administrative processing fee of $100.00) for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges; if the student has completed 60% or less of the term's instruction. The amount of the refund is calculated based on the student 's last day of attendance.

Refunds are disbursed within 30 days of the official withdrawal from the school. The withdrawal is dated on the day that the student  gave written notice to the school.

The New York Film Academy shall refund any credit balance on the student's account within 30 days after the date of the student 's completion of, or withdrawal from, the educational program in which the student was enrolled.

Veterans Educational Benefits

Veterans that have utilized VA benefits to pay tuition charges are subject to the refunds required by the state authorities of each individual campus. Please refer to the refund policies described for each campus or contact your Veteran’s Affairs office at your campus for guidance.

Veterans are responsible for contacting the VA directly for any potential debt that they may have incurred from an early withdrawal for their program of study.

Returning funds to Tuition Assistance:

In accordance with regulations issued by the Department of Defense, A Return of Tuition Assistance calculation is required to determine eligibility when a servicemember officially or unofficially withdraws from a course or program. If a servicemember officially or unofficially withdraws from a course and he or she did not complete at least 60 percent of the course, he or she may not be eligible for the total amount initially awarded through the Tuition Assistance program. In cases where some or all of the Tuition Assistance must be returned to the DoD, the servicemember will be responsible for all balances on his or her NYFA student  account.

If a servicemember withdraws prior to completing 60% of the semester, the amount of Tuition Assistance funds received will be returned to the DoD based on a week by week proration. Each week is counted as 7 days of attendance.

Week 1     90% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 2     80% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 3     70% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 4     60% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 5     50% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 6     40% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 7     30% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 8     20% of the Tuition Assistance is returned
Week 9     10% of the Tuition Assistance is returned

New York Film Academy will return funds to the Tuition Assistance program within 45 days of the student ’s last date of attendance.

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