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Hi everyone,

I apologize if there's a post that already addresses these questions. I'll be applying to film school in the Fall for an MFA in Directing (UCLA, USC, Tisch, and Columbia) and I was wondering if anyone could share their experiences with receiving scholarships, federal aid, and stipends. Do these schools tend to be generous with scholarship money for MFA students? How common are stipends and full-ride scholarships? To give you some background, I'm a 25 year old self taught woman filmmaker and I'm looking to go to film school to hone my craft and make connections. I've been working in an unrelated field since I graduated college 3 years ago so I'm planning to eventually transition into directing as a career. My first short went on to play some mid-tier festivals including an Oscar qualifier and had a pretty successful online run. I have a ton of student loans from my BA so I can't take out more and I also fully support myself financially so I can't afford to go to back to school full time without a job or a generous stipend. Does anyone have experience with working full time while pursuing an MFA? Is it feasible?

Thank you in advance for sharing your insights and experiences!

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