16) How do I pay for film school?

Attending film school is an excellent investment in your future career in cinema; however, it is also an investment that requires careful planning. When you are developing a financial strategy for your education, a great way to start is by talking to whichever family members or friends are involved economically. A prospective student should know what amount of funds they have available to them as well as the tuition costs and other fees for the program they will be taking. Don’t forget to factor in living costs, (rent, food, etc . . .), and try to come up with a realistic budget that you feel you will be able to maintain. The more informed you are about your own financial situation, the better equipped you will be to know what forms and what amounts of financial aid you will require.

For many students, the rate-determining step in funding their education is applying for a student loan. Student loans can be used to cover tuition as well as living expenses for most film school programs. Most students will need a co-signer in order to be approved for a loan; generally a parent or other family member with a good credit score. It is very important to make sure you understand the terms of the loan, and if you have questions always feel free to ask the Financial Aid Department.

Additionally, there are many other forms of financial aid available to film students in the form of grants and scholarships. First apply for school-specific grants, and then broaden your search to include awards from outside organizations. There are many different organizations that grant funds to students, and here are two good websites to help begin your search: www.fastweb.com andwww.finaid.org. Finding outside monies takes a lot of research and a lot of advanced planning, but can also be a great way to lower your personal tuition expenses. Remember, every little bit helps!

If you are not fortunate enough to come from a wealthy family, like most of us, then you will need some sort of financial assistance such as FAFSA, Federal Loans
Stafford Loans, Federal Grants or scholarships.

Like grants, scholarships do not require repayment. They are awarded according to any number of factors, which may include academic talent, performing talent, participation in certain activities/ special interests, or demonstrated financial need. Scholarship requirements and application procedures vary depending upon the criteria set by the scholarship provider.

Creative Ways to Raise Money For Film School

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Family - If your family has the money but is not supporting your decision to go to film school it may just take you showing them you are serious. Make films, work part-time and prove to them you are serious about making a career in filmmaking.

Film Contests – There are hundreds of film contests that pay the winners with either cash or prizes of good value. Make a film, enter it and if you win, put your winnings towards film school. Here is a list of a few contests - http://www.studentfilmmakers.com/classifieds/view.php?cat=46

Fundraiser - I have been seeing this happen more and more often as a whole town or community supports their budding filmmaker by throwing them a fundraiser. Start by handing out flyers or hosting to a screening of your film or others while requesting a donation at the door.

Part-Time Job - When all else fails you can always work at a part-time job and save money.


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