USC School of Cinematic Arts - Stark Producing Program 2022

So update!
I called today on my partners phone to enquire about when decisions will continue to go out. They said that outside of most of the international students, decisions will be rolling out over the next two weeks as they continue to finalize the rest of the cohort. So we should all know by March 18th at the latest!
 
I also got wait listed! Honestly very excited and relieved that I have an answer now. I can relax now. Even if I don’t get taken off the wait list this year, it’s confirmation that I am a strong enough candidate and that maybe next year will be my year.
Crossing my fingers for everyone still waiting to hear! I wish you the best of luck!
 
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Hi everyone! I got waitlisted as well. Does anyone know if we need to apply to financial aid while we're waiting? :)
I think we were already applied to Financial Aid while we applied to the program. Maybe they would notice us whether we would be offered financial aid when they accept us at the end.
 
Did everyone get an email inviting them to the financial aid information session? I got the email but I haven’t heard from the program otherwise
I got the email sent by the Peter Stark office and included the waitlist decision and other financial information, but nothing on the portal. Maybe you can send a email directly to the office.
 
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I think we were already applied to Financial Aid while we applied to the program. Maybe they would notice us whether we would be offered financial aid when they accept us at the end.
Oh I see I see, thanks! I was confused because in the waitlisted email they say this: " International students must also provide proof of funding and passport copies to Graduate Admissions in order to be admitted to the University: If you are an international student, do not wait for an offer of admission in order to satisfy these requirements. We suggest you provide USC Grad Admissions with these documents asap". I'm confused as to why I have to provide proof of funding if I haven't gotten in yet? I thought maybe that was to apply for financial aid.

I've responded to Stark's admissions email for more clarification on this, but have not heard back yet. :|
 
Oh I see I see, thanks! I was confused because in the waitlisted email they say this: " International students must also provide proof of funding and passport copies to Graduate Admissions in order to be admitted to the University: If you are an international student, do not wait for an offer of admission in order to satisfy these requirements. We suggest you provide USC Grad Admissions with these documents asap". I'm confused as to why I have to provide proof of funding if I haven't gotten in yet? I thought maybe that was to apply for financial aid.

I've responded to Stark's admissions email for more clarification on this, but have not heard back yet. :|
Hiya! Longtime lurker, first time poster. I had some similar questions when I did a study abroad program in the US previous to applying to grad school, so I can help answer this.

American education institutions require proof of funding because of visa-related issues. In order for USC to issue a DS-2019 (a document needed to apply for a student visa), they need to have some form of confirming that you'll be able to pay for the entirety of the program you plan on attending. Issuing this document takes a certain time, and sometimes there's a very short turnaround from when you're offered admission from the waitlist to the time when you have to make a decision. If the admissions office already has your documents on file, they can start the request for a DS-2019, as soon as you decide to commit. If they don't, it could take you a while to send your documents over to them and/or for them to process them, and that could cause delays in you getting your DS-2019, and consequently your visa, as different consulates have different processing times. Because of this it is convenient to have the documents on file as soon as possible, even if you're not admitted right off the bat.

TLDR: Financial proof is needed to issue DS-2019. DS-2019 is needed to apply to student visa. Bureaucratic processes take time, so it is best to have all documents in as soon as possible, in case you get accepted from the waitlist.

Hope this helps!
 
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Hiya! Longtime lurker, first time poster. I had some similar questions when I did a study abroad program in the US previous to applying to grad school, so I can help answer this.

American education institutions require proof of funding because of visa-related issues. In order for USC to issue a DS-2019 (a document needed to apply for a student visa), they need to have some form of confirming that you'll be able to pay for the entirety of the program you plan on attending. Issuing this document takes a certain time, and sometimes there's a very short turnaround from when you're offered admission from the waitlist to the time when you have to make a decision. If the admissions office already has your documents on file, they can start the request for a DS-2019, as soon as you decide to commit. If they don't, it could take you a while to send your documents over to them and/or for them to process them, and that could cause delays in you getting your DS-2019, and consequently your visa, as different consulates have different processing times. Because of this it is convenient to have the documents on file as soon as possible, even if you're not admitted right off the bat.

TLDR: Financial proof is needed to issue DS-2019. DS-2019 is needed to apply to student visa. Bureaucratic processes take time, so it is best to have all documents in as soon as possible, in case you get accepted from the waitlist.

Hope this helps!
Thanks for sharing that. I'm sure it'll be really helpful to international students.
 
Yes, I received the email from the Stark Program last night! (Nothing yet in the portal though, I wonder if that means anything?)
Did you get off the waitlist?! The email of waitlist notification says that we would not hear any further information by the end of April.
 
Hiya! Longtime lurker, first time poster. I had some similar questions when I did a study abroad program in the US previous to applying to grad school, so I can help answer this.

American education institutions require proof of funding because of visa-related issues. In order for USC to issue a DS-2019 (a document needed to apply for a student visa), they need to have some form of confirming that you'll be able to pay for the entirety of the program you plan on attending. Issuing this document takes a certain time, and sometimes there's a very short turnaround from when you're offered admission from the waitlist to the time when you have to make a decision. If the admissions office already has your documents on file, they can start the request for a DS-2019, as soon as you decide to commit. If they don't, it could take you a while to send your documents over to them and/or for them to process them, and that could cause delays in you getting your DS-2019, and consequently your visa, as different consulates have different processing times. Because of this it is convenient to have the documents on file as soon as possible, even if you're not admitted right off the bat.

TLDR: Financial proof is needed to issue DS-2019. DS-2019 is needed to apply to student visa. Bureaucratic processes take time, so it is best to have all documents in as soon as possible, in case you get accepted from the waitlist.

Hope this helps!
Thanks so much! This information is super helpful. I'll make sure to get on that soon then :)
 
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