Chapman MFA Screenwriting Applicants 2021

angelah

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I just emailed Chapman about their plans for the fall semester and here's their response:

"The plan is to return to in-person classes this fall. You can read more on our website CU Safely Back where we lay out the plan to return to campus. Some classes are going back in 2 weeks after spring break. But students have already resumed productions, so we are already shooting."

yay in-person productions! :)
 

llueve

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I just emailed Chapman about their plans for the fall semester and here's their response:

"The plan is to return to in-person classes this fall. You can read more on our website CU Safely Back where we lay out the plan to return to campus. Some classes are going back in 2 weeks after spring break. But students have already resumed productions, so we are already shooting."

yay in-person productions! :)
Thanks for doing the research and for sharing!
 

lucychoi97

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I just received an email from chapman to activate my chapman account and my chapman email but somehow i cannot gain access to my chapman email even if I set my password. Is it just me?
 

lucychoi97

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Congrats anniehope!!
By the way for those of you who got the acceptance letter, did you already accept the offer? I am going to accept it but should I ask them about scholarships first before accepting it? Does anyone know until when we can make the decisions? It only says i have to put my deposit in 2 weeks
 

mmilk88

New Member
Congrats anniehope!!
By the way for those of you who got the acceptance letter, did you already accept the offer? I am going to accept it but should I ask them about scholarships first before accepting it? Does anyone know until when we can make the decisions? It only says i have to put my deposit in 2 weeks
My letter said two weeks as well. I emailed admissions and they granted me an extension until April 15th (it took them a little over a day for them to respond). Worth doing if you need more time to weigh your options :)
 

llueve

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Congrats anniehope!!
By the way for those of you who got the acceptance letter, did you already accept the offer? I am going to accept it but should I ask them about scholarships first before accepting it? Does anyone know until when we can make the decisions? It only says i have to put my deposit in 2 weeks
Hi lucychoi97, It seems that Chapman doesn't proactively reach out to students who did *not* get scholarships; they only email students who *did*. I say this because I reached out to Dodge to confirm that I was not being awarded a fellowship / scholarship as I hadn't heard from them and one of the many Chapman emails stated "Fellowship award letters will be sent via email from dodgeadmit@chapman.edu less than two business days after your admission decision."

This is what the Dodge representative wrote to me (bold emphasis mine):

"Congratulations on being admitted to our MFA Screenwriting program! Dodge College offers a limited number of fellowships for students ranging from $5,000 - $15,000. There is no separate application for fellowship consideration. At this point, all fellowships have been awarded. We will not know if we have any more funds available until after April 15th. I have added your name to our list of consideration for funds to be evaluated after April 15th. Submitting your deposit should be with the understanding that you are not guaranteed a fellowship for our program.

Any other questions about financing your degree at Chapman can be directed to Graduate Financial Aid."

I encourage you to reach out to them personally for confirmation, but what I understood from this email is that anyone who has not received a fellowship email yet is not going to get any scholarship funding from Chapman (unless / until people with fellowships turn down their acceptance or their funding).

I've reached out to Financial Aid so they can confirm to me that my financial options right now are only paying out-of-pocket and/or taking out graduate student loans.

(Side note: I found it frustrating that the email from Dodge did not explicitly answer my question. They did not say "You have not received a Fellowship." They only said, "All Fellowship emails have gone out." That approach to language doesn't sit well with me. Money is delicate. Students deserve clear, straightforward answers.)
 

Krmg

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Congrats anniehope!!
By the way for those of you who got the acceptance letter, did you already accept the offer? I am going to accept it but should I ask them about scholarships first before accepting it? Does anyone know until when we can make the decisions? It only says i have to put my deposit in 2 weeks
I already accepted my offer/scholarship and paid the enrollment fee!! I think we have until April 15th to pay the fee and secure your seat in the class.
 
Hi lucychoi97, It seems that Chapman doesn't proactively reach out to students who did *not* get scholarships; they only email students who *did*. I say this because I reached out to Dodge to confirm that I was not being awarded a fellowship / scholarship as I hadn't heard from them and one of the many Chapman emails stated "Fellowship award letters will be sent via email from dodgeadmit@chapman.edu less than two business days after your admission decision."

This is what the Dodge representative wrote to me (bold emphasis mine):

"Congratulations on being admitted to our MFA Screenwriting program! Dodge College offers a limited number of fellowships for students ranging from $5,000 - $15,000. There is no separate application for fellowship consideration. At this point, all fellowships have been awarded. We will not know if we have any more funds available until after April 15th. I have added your name to our list of consideration for funds to be evaluated after April 15th. Submitting your deposit should be with the understanding that you are not guaranteed a fellowship for our program.

Any other questions about financing your degree at Chapman can be directed to Graduate Financial Aid."

I encourage you to reach out to them personally for confirmation, but what I understood from this email is that anyone who has not received a fellowship email yet is not going to get any scholarship funding from Chapman (unless / until people with fellowships turn down their acceptance or their funding).

I've reached out to Financial Aid so they can confirm to me that my financial options right now are only paying out-of-pocket and/or taking out graduate student loans.

(Side note: I found it frustrating that the email from Dodge did not explicitly answer my question. They did not say "You have not received a Fellowship." They only said, "All Fellowship emails have gone out." That approach to language doesn't sit well with me. Money is delicate. Students deserve clear, straightforward answers.)
Hi guys. I can confirm that I received my scholarship/ fellowship a day after I was accepted into the program. I was also told in my acceptance letter that I had received a scholarship. Hope that helps :) (Also I agree, they should have been straight forward when they responded to you)
 

Chris W

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Hi guys. I can confirm that I received my scholarship/ fellowship a day after I was accepted into the program. I was also told in my acceptance letter that I had received a scholarship. Hope that helps :) (Also I agree, they should have been straight forward when they responded to you)
Congrats! Add your application to our database when you can. :)
 

Chris W

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Feeling a little silly but I'm not sure how 😅
No worries. It's the Applications menu up top. Or if you're on mobile you can access the menu by clicking the ≡ button.

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lucychoi97

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Hi lucychoi97, It seems that Chapman doesn't proactively reach out to students who did *not* get scholarships; they only email students who *did*. I say this because I reached out to Dodge to confirm that I was not being awarded a fellowship / scholarship as I hadn't heard from them and one of the many Chapman emails stated "Fellowship award letters will be sent via email from dodgeadmit@chapman.edu less than two business days after your admission decision."

This is what the Dodge representative wrote to me (bold emphasis mine):

"Congratulations on being admitted to our MFA Screenwriting program! Dodge College offers a limited number of fellowships for students ranging from $5,000 - $15,000. There is no separate application for fellowship consideration. At this point, all fellowships have been awarded. We will not know if we have any more funds available until after April 15th. I have added your name to our list of consideration for funds to be evaluated after April 15th. Submitting your deposit should be with the understanding that you are not guaranteed a fellowship for our program.

Any other questions about financing your degree at Chapman can be directed to Graduate Financial Aid."

I encourage you to reach out to them personally for confirmation, but what I understood from this email is that anyone who has not received a fellowship email yet is not going to get any scholarship funding from Chapman (unless / until people with fellowships turn down their acceptance or their funding).

I've reached out to Financial Aid so they can confirm to me that my financial options right now are only paying out-of-pocket and/or taking out graduate student loans.

(Side note: I found it frustrating that the email from Dodge did not explicitly answer my question. They did not say "You have not received a Fellowship." They only said, "All Fellowship emails have gone out." That approach to language doesn't sit well with me. Money is delicate. Students deserve clear, straightforward answers.)
Thank you so much for sharing!! You’re so nice!😃 So if you don’t mind me asking are you still deciding between chapman and afi?
 

llueve

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Thank you so much for sharing!! You’re so nice!😃 So if you don’t mind me asking are you still deciding between chapman and afi?
I am still making my final decisions, but I just sent in my reply to Chapman declining admission. Not sure what program I will attend this year or IF I will be able to attend any programs, but I have decided I won't attend Chapman, so I wanted to free up space for the wait list folks.

It wasn't even a decision about Chapman as a program. It was more a decision about student loans and how, after running the numbers, I cannot / will not borrow over $100,000 to attend their program. Does that help?
 
Hey guys!! I'm going to start a Chapman MFA Facebook page (For all people under the film MFA umbrella)!! if you're interested in being a part of the group join Chapman Off housing and comment on my post! (It's an easy post to spot, I mention that I'm going into screenwriting and a bunch of people commented their programs) So excited to meet you all!! 😁😁😁
 
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