LMU SFTV Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

As a private film school in Los Angeles, LMU SFTV comes with a hefty price tag. However, the University offers excellent financial aid packages, plus Graduate Assistantships and fellowships to offset the cost of attendance. Before you apply, find out the cost of attendance per academic year for undergraduates and graduates.

Cost of undergraduate attendance (Fall 2023-Spring 2024)


Academics
  • Tuition: $57,602
  • Books and Supplies: $1,152
  • Tuition Deposit: $500
  • New Student Fee: $485
    • New International Student Fee: $1,150
    • Spring Entry New Student Fee: $238
  • Loan Fees: $71
  • Registration Fee: $130
  • Student Activity Fee: $288
  • Accident Insurance: $114.00*
  • Health Insurance: $2,650*
  • Parking Fee: $918
  • Media Fee: $140.00
  • Student Recreation Facility Fee: $215

Cost of Living
  • Room and Board:
    • On-campus: $17,252
    • Off-campus: $17,784
    • Commuting: $9,360
  • Personal and Misc. Costs
    • On-campus: $2,700
    • Off-campus: $3,924
    • Commuting: $3,348
Total cost of attendance for on-campus students: $84,217
Total cost of attendance for off-campus students: $85,973
Total cost of attendance for commuters: $76,973

LMU urges students to prepare for fluctuations to these estimates, particularly around meal plans, parking and transportation, and personal and miscellaneous expenses. These estimates also determine the maximum loan amount students can borrow per year.

*Note: The Accident Insurance fee and Health Insurance are required for all undergraduates enrolled in 7 or more credits per semester.

Undergraduate financial aid eligibility requirements​


All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships as part of the admission process; no separate application is required for merit scholarships. To be considered for need-based financial aid, complete the following steps:

1. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2023-2024: Use LMU's Federal School Code (001234). In order to electronically sign your FAFSA, you will need an FSA ID. Create an FSA ID. To ensure that you receive timely notification of your LMU financial aid award, complete your FAFSA by the priority deadline (see "

The FAFSA can be filed at any time up until February 1, 2024.

2. Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form: For California residents only, the Cal Grant is awarded annually for applicants who qualify. First-year applicants must:
  • Submit the 2023-2024 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the March 2, 2023 deadline. Most California high schools are required to automatically submit the GPA Verification form for their students, but it is your responsibility to confirm the GPA Verification filing process at your school.
    • If your school does notautomatically submit the GPA Verification Form, please follow these steps:
      • Download the 2023-2024 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) website. Fill out the student portion of the form and sign it. Ask the registrar at the school you currently attend or most recently attended to complete the form.
      • Make a copy for your records and mail the original to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
  • Completing the FAFSA by March 2, 2024 to meet the Cal Grant eligibility deadline.

Financial aid for undergraduate transfers​


Financial aid for transfer students requires a few extra steps:
  • If you were enrolled at a California Community College, submit your Community College Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by the deadline.
  • Complete the Transfer Entitlement Certification Form (G-6) and submit it to CSAC by March 2, 2023. (Check CSAC's website for availability.)
  • Submit an Official Copy of your High School Transcripts to LMU Admission.
  • If any additional information or documentation is required to complete your financial aid application, LMU Financial Aid will notify you or your parent(s) via PROWL.
  • Submission of all requested documents and forms within 10 days of them being requested via PROWL will ensure faster application processing.
LMU Financial Aid uses the email address on the official application and/or FAFSA application for financial aid updates. For more information about LMU tuition and fees for transfers, email finaid@lmu.edu or call the Office of Financial Aid at 310-338-2753.

Cost of graduate attendance (Fall 2023-Spring 2024)


Academics
  • Tuition (Year 1)
    • Film and Television Production: $36,864
    • Writing and Producing for Television: $27,648
    • Writing for the Screen: $27,648
  • Tuition (Year 2)
    • Film and Television Production: $27,648
    • Writing and Producing for Television: $27,648
    • Writing for the Screen: $27,648
  • Tuition (Year 3)
    • Film and Television Production: $27,648
    • Writing and Producing for Television: $23,040
    • Writing for the Screen: $23,040
  • Fees
    • Registration Fee: $130
    • Graduate Student Activity Fee: $50
    • International Student Fee: $120
    • Accident Insurance (mandatory for all students enrolled in 7 or more units): $117
    • Student Health Insurance (mandatory for all students enrolled in 7 or more units): $2,467
    • Parking Fee: $750
Cost of Living

Total cost of attendance for Film and Television Production: $92,160; $115,369.85 for one year at The Graduate House (single occupancy)
Total cost of attendance for Writing for the Screen, Writing and Producing for Television: $78,336; $101,572.85 for one year at The Graduate House (single occupancy)

*Note: If you enroll in 7 or more units per semester, you are automatically billed for Student Health Insurance and Parking Permits. Request waivers at the following links:
  • Student Health Insurance ($7,401 for 3 years)
  • Parking ($3,000 for 3 years) - Login to MyLMU and select LMU Park from "System Logins" in the top navigation menu.

Graduate financial aid eligibility requirements​


Loyola Marymount University offers graduate students financial aid through Federal Direct loans, work-study, teaching assistantships, departmental grants, and scholarships. To qualify for financial aid, you must be enrolled at least half-time in graduate-level courses.

To apply for financial aid, submit the following materials:

1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2023-2024 year: LMU's Federal School Code is 001234. Please ensure that you are completing the FAFSA for the correct aid year - multiple FAFSA aid years will be available, but Fall 2022 entering students must file the 2022-2023 FAFSA to be eligible for aid in Fall 2022. In order to electronically sign your form, you will need an FSA ID.

2. Complete your department's scholarship application: All students wishing to apply for institutional grants and scholarships must complete their departments' scholarship application. The application should be submitted directly to your college by the deadline indicated on the application.

3. Check your student email within MyLMU regularly for updates: If any additional information or documentation is required to complete your financial aid application, LMU Financial Aid will notify you via your LION email. Submit all requested documents quickly to avoid any delay in awarding and/or loss of aid eligibility.

Additional funding for graduate film students​


Loyola Marymount University encourages graduate students who need external financial support to use the Federal Direct Student Loan Program through the U.S. Department of Education. You can also try these options:

Graduate Assistantships

Each year, SFTV offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships. Student Employment Services posts open positions, as well as workshops and other professional development resources.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) offered a maximum of $3,200 per year in 2022. Roles on-campus are not guaranteed, but may be listed on the SES portal.

If you choose to work on campus, LMU mandates you follow these requirements:
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of enrollment changes that may affect your eligibility for a work award.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Keep track of your hours so that you do not earn more than your work award. Your employer will be responsible for 100% of any wages earned in excess of your work award.
  • Notify your supervisor of changes to your work award.
  • Report ready to work at the scheduled time.
  • Dress appropriately for the workplace.
  • Complete duties and not conduct personal business while at work.
  • Work with a cooperative and positive attitude.
  • Notify the supervisor as soon as possible of any changes in the work schedule and of projects and exams which may interfere with the work schedule.
  • Submit the completed time-card/time-sheet and/or complete and submit electronic time-sheet to supervisor on time.
  • Adhere to any confidentiality/security agreements set forth by the employer.
  • Notify each supervisor if employed in more than one position on campus.
  • Notify the supervisor of any job-related accident.

LMU Work

LMU Work provides an LMU-funded award of up to $2,000 per year to graduate film students who complete the FAFSA and do not qualify for FWS.

Apply for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting


LMU SFTV students with a passion for screenwriting can obtain more funding by applying for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Each year, five winners receive $35,000. The fellowship is open to amateur screenwriters 18 and older.

To apply, submit a feature length screenplay and $48 entry fee (discounted for full-time LMU SFTV students) before the deadline. Winners participate in award ceremonies and seminars, in addition to receiving one Academy member mentorship and writing one feature-length screenplay.