AFI Screenwriting Fall 2021

MilesofTrials

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Hey @katiebonnie , I am also an international student (London, UK). I've been looking at funding a decent chunk of my tuition through a private loan. But are you saying that this would mean I am unlikely to be approved for a visa?
I hope not as currently that was my only hope...

You're okay. Private loans are acceptable for funding for purposes of U.S. Student Visas (you see a section on this on your Form I-20 that you will fill out). You must, however, have verification that the loan has been approved or for conditional loans that will be approved after submission of your I-20 or DS-2019.
 
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nvf101

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Ahhh thank you so much for clarification @MilesofTrials ! That is a huge relief. Thought I might have to wave goodbye to the dream right there.

I know AFI have set an in house deadline of April 25th for I-20 submissions but do any of you good people on here happen to know what is a normal submission date for the I-20 info? Thinking I might need a bit more time than that to get pre-approved on a loan etc.

Any advice much appreciated :)
 

Abbey Normal

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Ahhh thank you so much for clarification @MilesofTrials ! That is a huge relief. Thought I might have to wave goodbye to the dream right there.

I know AFI have set an in house deadline of April 25th for I-20 submissions but do any of you good people on here happen to know what is a normal submission date for the I-20 info? Thinking I might need a bit more time than that to get pre-approved on a loan etc.

Any advice much appreciated :)
I would reach out to AFI admissions. Or, wait till Saturday and bring this up during the info-session. I'm sure other international applicants will want to know too.
 

nvf101

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I would reach out to AFI admissions. Or, wait till Saturday and bring this up during the info-session. I'm sure other international applicants will want to know too.
I reached out to AFI and they said an approved loan is definitely an acceptable funding source for the I-20 - so that’s definitely a relief.
 

katiebonnie

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Hey @katiebonnie , I am also an international student (London, UK). I've been looking at funding a decent chunk of my tuition through a private loan. But are you saying that this would mean I am unlikely to be approved for a visa?
I hope not as currently that was my only hope...
Hey! Apologies for the late reply. So, I actually ruled out the private loans because the interest rates were so high and you have to start paying them back immediately and it all felt too risky. My family were looking into getting a second mortgage but apparently that is considered debt - basically that’s what I was talking about but your private loan is fine!
 

MilesofTrials

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For those on the wait list, check your email. Looks like AFI has a full class this year. With the deposit deadline already passed, I don't expect there to be much, if any, movement from the wait list.
 

llueve

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For those on the wait list, check your email. Looks like AFI has a full class this year. With the deposit deadline already passed, I don't expect there to be much, if any, movement from the wait list.
I declined my spot in the class, so at least one student made it off the list I would think!

(I declined because, in short, I could not afford it.)
 

Chris W

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Thanks for letting them know. Bummer about the cost though. Are you going somewhere else? Or applying again next year?
 

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