The Peter Stark Program consists of 44 units of required course work. Please refer to the “Tuition and Fees” page of the USC Catalogue to find the per unit cost for Graduate Cinema Session 037 courses.
The tuition fee generally goes up slightly each year, so prospective students should plan accordingly. That cost is for tuition alone and doesn’t including living or housing costs.
Unfortunately, M.F.A. degrees, in general, are underfunded. Many of our students take out student loans to cover costs. The second year of the program when all classes are at night, some students cut down the cost by working or doing paid internships.
Domestic applicants should file a FAFSA. The USC Financial Aid Office will use that to determine any federal aid an applicant is eligible for (typically loans and sometimes work-study as well). International applicants often look to their home government for funding, or scholarship groups specific to their home country, or open to all international students (like the Fulbright Scholar Program).
To be considered for Scholarships from the School of Cinematic Arts, applicants must complete the SCA Scholarship Application questions, which are questions 34. thru 34.4 in the SlideRoom application. For more information about SCA Scholarships, please visit the SCA Scholarships page.
The School of Cinematic Arts Scholarships are available to first year students in our program. The specific qualifications and dollar amounts are determined by the donors. There are often small dollar amount awards for diversity. Aside from that, there aren’t a huge number of them, but the higher dollar amount awards tend to be very specific based on the interest of the donor. For example, we have had a woman from China with a specific GPA win a larger scholarship, as well as someone from a country along the Pacific Rim.
Applicants who submit a scholarship application are put forward for any awards for which they qualify.
After that, there are other things you should know about:
The Peter Stark Program has a few scholarships available for second year students based largely on GPA from your first year.
There are two Teaching Assistant (TA) positions and the rest of the classes have Departmental Assistant (DA) positions (who assist instructors in class preparations, but no grading). Departmental Assistants receive a tuition remission for a few units (the number determined by the class) and also bill hours as a student worker. They don’t cover the full cost of a term, but can help (especially if students receive them two or three of the four terms). Students apply for any Teaching Assistant and Departmental Assistant positions term by term. There will be a call for the applications from the Stark office.
Also, many students look to on campus employment and outside scholarships including those listed in this Outside Scholarship Guide.