NYFA Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships at NYFA

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/ financial documents should be submitted as a single PDF to [email protected]

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. To learn more, visit our Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship page.

Scholarship For International Students

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

Grants at NYFA

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 https://studentaid.gov/ 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.


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 www.gibill.va.gov 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 Veteran page.

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

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.