AFI Conservatory 2023 - Who is applying?

I received an email back letting me know I didn't get any scholarships.😥 So I guess they do notify you no matter what.

I realize this is a question for financial aid but figured I'd ask it here too, Does anyone know if they let you take out loans for your living expenses? They mentioned multiple times you can't work while attending so Id assume they'd offer loans, right?
 
I received an email back letting me know I didn't get any scholarships.😥 So I guess they do notify you no matter what.

I realize this is a question for financial aid but figured I'd ask it here too, Does anyone know if they let you take out loans for your living expenses? They mentioned multiple times you can't work while attending so Id assume they'd offer loans, right?
Unfortunately, that's not how financial aid works. You would be eligible for federal loans but only up to a certain amount each year and that can only be used towards tuition. You could take out private loans on top of that but that could also only be used towards tuition/educational expenses.
 
I received an email back letting me know I didn't get any scholarships.😥 So I guess they do notify you no matter what.

I realize this is a question for financial aid but figured I'd ask it here too, Does anyone know if they let you take out loans for your living expenses? They mentioned multiple times you can't work while attending so Id assume they'd offer loans, right?
Yeah, I didn't get any scholarship and trying to figure out how to pull it off financially...😬 For the 2nd year, I think you might have time for part-time work as everyone will be working on one thesis project instead of the cycle films the first year. I'm not saying that the 2nd year won't be intense, but from the tours/zoom sessions, it seems less intense than the 1st year.
 
Yep just got mine too
Did you reach out to ask them about scholarships and got the email in response to that, or was it just a generic notification? I haven't received anything regarding financial aid/scholarships since getting the acceptance letter so I reached out yesterday morning but still haven't heard back.
 
Unfortunately, that's not how financial aid works. You would be eligible for federal loans but only up to a certain amount each year and that can only be used towards tuition. You could take out private loans on top of that but that could also only be used towards tuition/educational expenses.
You can take out federal loans for living expenses! Schools give a cost of attendance, which includes tuition and living, that is the cap for the graduate plus loan. I'm living off of loans right now.
 
Hi everyone, Congratulations on your acceptance. I would like to ask a question if anyone knows, I am an international applicant, my undergraduate degree was in a non-English speaking country in Asia, then I did my one year master's degree in the UK eight years ago, then I have been working in Asia for many years as a director and screenwriter, I would like to know if I can apply waive the language requirement in this case? Thank you :)
 
You can take out federal loans for living expenses! Schools give a cost of attendance, which includes tuition and living, that is the cap for the graduate plus loan. I'm living off of loans right now.
Sorry! Did not know that! But FSU is also significantly less expensive than AFI and you have to factor in living in LA. AFI’S website has tuition plus living expenses capped at about $100,000 a year…so I guess you could take up to that amount out. But it’s a question of how much debt you wanna take on. That’s why most schools that are the cost of AFI, NYU, and Columbia advise you (if you are able) to pay a portion with savings and apply to outside scholarships. Which I always think is kind of ridiculous because most people applying to graduate school are in their mid to late 20s and how many 20-something’s have tens of thousands in savings?? lmao
 
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Sorry! Did not know that! But FSU is also significantly less expensive than AFI and you have to factor in living in LA. AFI’S website has tuition plus living expenses capped at about $100,000 a year…so I guess you could take up to that amount out. But it’s a question of how much debt you wanna take on. That’s why most schools that are the cost of AFI, NYU, and Columbia advise you (if you are able) to pay a portion with savings and apply to outside scholarships. Which I always think is kind of ridiculous because most people applying to graduate school are in their mid to late 20s and how many 20-something’s have tens of thousands in savings?? lmao
Yes! People can end up taking out $200k-$300k in loans. I saw this after my first year of applications and it influenced me greatly in my second try!
 
Yes! People can end up taking out $200k-$300k in loans. I saw this after my first year of applications and it influenced me greatly in my second try!
Yes that article is quite the wake up call. Debt is not fun. I can't imagine being $300k in debt for school. That's more than my mortgage.

I'm still really mad about Bush passing that law to make it so you can't get out of student loans in bankruptcy.
 
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