Scholarships and Grants


NYFA Institutional Tuition Assistance

Students can apply for NYFA scholarships, which are another form of institutional financial aid. Scholarships are directly applied to tuition cost and do not need to be repaid. NYFA scholarships are provided by community groups, corporate donors, or government entities; 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.

To apply for tuition assistance, students must already be accepted into NYFA. All applications, essays, and financial documents should be submitted as a single PDF to


Talent Based Tuition Award

The Talent Based Award Scholarship is designed to identify applicants with exceptional aptitude for their program of study. Talent Based Awards are based on an applicant’s audition or creative portfolio and determined by the NYFA scholarship award committee during the admissions process. Domestic and international applicants to our 1 and 2 Year Certificate programs, AFA, BA, BFA, MA and MFA programs may apply for this award.

For more information or to learn how to apply, contact

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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. 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 needs and accomplishments. Domestic and international applicants to our 1 and 2 Year Certificate programs, AFA, BA, BFA, MA and MFA programs may apply for this assistance.

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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. 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. Domestic and International applicants to our BFA and BA programs may apply for this scholarship.

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


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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Bridge Grant

The New York Film Academy Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Bridge Grant provides financial assistance to candidates of the Master’s Degree, Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, and One- and Two-Year Certificate Programs.

The DEI Bridge Grant is being offered to students interested in assisting NYFA to bring more diversity to its campuses. Its purpose is to build a bridge toward NYFA’s mission of creating more ethnic and socio-economic diversity by increasing awareness of this mission, and supporting visual storytellers with DEI initiatives.

To learn more, visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Bridge Grant page.


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Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship (MFA Programs Only)

The Matthew Modine Scholarship is based on the applicant’s exhibition of exemplary purpose, creativity, and commitment to community and is awarded to NYFA’s top graduate applicants. This prestigious scholarship is awarded based on information provided during the admissions process including the applicant’s audition/portfolio, undergraduate academic performance, professional experience, narrative statement, letters of recommendation, admissions interview as well as evidence of leadership, community service and arts participation. Domestic and international applicants to our MFA Programs may apply for this scholarship. To learn more, visit our Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship page.

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Federal and State Grants

First-time students can also apply for grants, which are awarded based on need and eligibility. Grants do not need to be repaid. Students are encouraged to review grant programs to help pay for educational costs.

Federal Pell Grant (Pell)


Pell Grant maximum awards change annually, please visit for the current year maximum amounts. 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.

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State Grants


Many states offer grant programs to qualified residents. However, most of the state grant programs require attendance and permanent residence in that state for grant eligibility.

California State Grant Programs
Florida State Grant Programs
New York State Grant Programs


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Scholarships and Grants from Other Organizations

Scholarships are gifts from donors or organizations that do not have to be repaid. Scholarships may come from a variety of sources — community groups, corporate or donors, each with its own requirement and application process. They are an excellent resource for applicants and students seeking help with the cost of their education and can help reduce the dependence on loans to cover educational costs. Applicants and 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.

Third-Party Scholarships

Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship – The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity offers a scholarship annually to graduate students in filmmaking and related majors including theatre and writing. Applicants do not have to be a member of the fraternity to apply.

Black Women Film Network Scholarship – BWFN offers a scholarship to women of color pursuing a career in film and television.

Islamic Scholarship Fund – ISF offers a scholarship to Muslims or students active in the Muslim community. Supported majors include TV/Film Production and Acting.

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee offers a scholarship to Arab-American students studying Mass Communications at the undergraduate and graduate school level.

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Brawerman Fellowship

Jewish Film Institute Film Completion Grants

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship – Against The Grain Productions offers a scholarship to Asian-American students pursuing a major in performing and visual arts. Supported majors include film, theatre and photography.

NBC Universal/LNESC Scholarship – The NBC Universal/LNESC Scholarship is offered to undergraduate Latino students attending a U.S. post-secondary institution with an interest in the media and entertainment industry.

Haz La U Scholarship – Colgate-Palmolive and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation offer a scholarship to graduating high school seniors of Hispanic or Latino descent. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or DACA eligible.

CINTAS Creative Writing and Visual Arts Fellowship – The CINTAS Foundation offers two separate fellowships to students who have Cuban citizenship or are direct descendants studying creative writing, photography, video and media arts.

Visual Arts

Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism – The Perecman Firm offers a scholarship for students living with autism or whose close family member lives with autism.

The Schwallie Family Scholarship – The Organization for Autism Research offers a scholarship to students attending two or four-year universities who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Point Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students can apply.

LGBTQ Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship – The Point Foundation also offers a targeted scholarship to LGBTQ students from BIPOC communities enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs.

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship – The Stonewall Foundation offers a scholarship to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who identify as lesbian women.

League Foundation LGBTQ Scholarships – The program is open to graduating high school students who self-identify as LGBTQ planning to attend an accredited college in the United States. The student must be a U.S. Citizen or legal immigrant.

Illustrating Awesomeness Scholarship – Next Day Animations offers a scholarship to young women or gender non-conforming students of color who are currently enrolled or will begin undergraduate studies.

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International Students Scholarships

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


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. To learn more, visit NYFA’s GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program page.