The AFI Conservatory is authorized to offer federal student aid to qualified Fellows. As such, we are subject to federal regulations that govern the receipt of federal student aid, 34 CFR 668 that requires disclosure of several items to prospective or enrolled Fellows. This page contains a list of required disclosures, a summary of each disclosure requirement, links to areas for more information, and who to contact for further information. Please note that in some cases, we have listed the disclosure requirement, but indicate that AFI is not required to meet the requirement. Where a requirement may only be for enrolled Fellows, it may be satisfied through the annual distribution of the Fellow Handbook.
The AFI Conservatory is required to make available to prospective and enrolled Fellows information about the academic program we offer. This must include current degree programs and other educational and training programs, facilities, faculty and any plans by the school for improving the academic program.
Information on our program and faculty can be found here. A description of our campus and its facilities can be found here.
For more information, please contact AFI Admissions at 323.856.7628.
Availability of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Information
Information regarding the availability of financial aid at the AFI Conservatory is listed on the Financial Aid Office website. Several pages are available that describe each aspect of financial aid including need-based and non-need based aid, terms and conditions of aid offered, eligibility requirements, criteria for selection, disbursement of aid, rights and responsibilities including our satisfactory academic progress policy and terms of loan programs.
Please note that the Conservatory program does not include any study abroad program and, therefore, no financial aid information relating to study abroad is listed.
For more information, please contact Trina Rodler, Director, Financial Aid, in the Financial Aid Office at 323.856.7699. The Director, Financial Aid is also available during normal business hours in the Registrar's and Financial Aid Office in room 104 of the Warner Bros. Building.
Code of Conduct for Education Loans
The AFI Conservatory is required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 to develop, publish, administer and enforce a code of conduct related to student loan programs and lenders. This code of conduct applies to all officers, employees, or agents of the institution.
Our code is as follows:
- AFI Conservatory does not participate in any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender. No lender shall provide a fee or provide other material benefits, including profit sharing, to the institution or to its officers, employees or agents.
- AFI Conservatory does not solicit or accept gifts from a lender, guaranty agency, or loan servicer. A "gift" according to the law is a gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having monetary value. However, a "gift" is NOT brochures, workshops, training, food provided during a training session, assistance with entrance and exit counseling, philanthropic contributions unrelated to educational loans, or financial aid funds from the state of California.
- AFI Conservatory does not allow financial aid staff to accept compensation for consulting or contracting arrangements from a lender relating to educational loans.
- AFI Conservatory prohibits the practice of steering Fellows towards certain lenders or delaying certifications based on lender choice. The Financial Aid Office does not assign a lender to a Fellow and the decision to borrow from a lender is the decision of the Fellow solely.
- AFI Conservatory does not request nor accept funds for private loans and does not participate in what is commonly known as "opportunity pool loans."
- AFI Conservatory does not request or accept any staffing or call center assistance from any lender. Professional development training, educational counseling, and educational counseling materials do not count as "staffing assistance." We do reserve the right to accept staffing assistance, as allowed, in the unlikely event of any short-term, nonrecurring basis due to an emergency or disaster.
- AFI Conservatory does not allow its financial aid staff to accept compensation for participating on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, a guarantor, or a group of lenders or guarantors.
For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 323.856.7699.
College Navigator Website and Student Body Diversity
Recent amendments to the Higher Education Opportunity Act required the creation of the College Navigator website. The College Navigator website is one central location that lists data about any institution that offers federal student aid. The AFI Conservatory reports data to National Center for Education Statistics in Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for posting. On College Navigator, the Secretary of Education's staff annually updates data on these institutions.
You may access the College Navigator website for a complete breakdown of the student body including the percentage of enrolled, full-time Fellows by gender and race. A breakdown by Federal Pell Grant recipients is provided by institutions with undergraduate students only; the AFI Conservatory is a graduate-only program and therefore does not report data by Federal Pell Grant recipients.
Please note that due to limitations in the data collection methods, College Navigator may not present all data correctly. If you have any questions regarding the data, please contact Carl Smith, Associate Registrar, at 323.856.7767.
Cost of Attendance (Price of Attendance)
Institutions are required to make available to their Cost of Attendance. The Cost of Attendance includes the cost of tuition and fees and a reasonable estimate for books, supplies, off-campus room and board, transportation, estimated loan fees and miscellaneous personal expenses.
A detailed account of our costs can be found on the Financial Aid Office section of our website. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 323.856.7699.
Entrance Counseling and Exit Counseling
Prior to the first disbursement of a federal loan, the Director, Financial Aid provides entrance counseling which includes all of the required elements to satisfy regulatory mandates. Online entrance counseling through StudentLoans.gov meets the entrance counseling mandate.
Likewise, prior to commencement annually, exit counseling is offered to all Second Year Fellows that includes all of the required elements to satisfy regulatory mandates. Online exit counseling through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for Students satisfies the exit counseling requirement.
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act and Athletically Related Student Aid
The AFI Conservatory does not have an athletic program nor does it offer any athletically related student aid. Therefore, AFI is not required to meet any disclosure requirements regarding participation rates, completion rates, or transfer-out rates for student athletes or support for athletic programs.
Facilities and Services Available to Students with Disabilities
AFI is committed to making its facilities and academic program accessible to all qualified fellows and applicants with disabilities, in compliance with applicable state and federal law. AFI believes that the key to developing an effective accommodation is through an interactive discussion between the faculty and staff and each incoming Fellow. The Vice Dean, Fellow Affairs is the primary contact for initiating this process. Each incoming Fellow at the Conservatory is interviewed by the Vice Dean, Fellow Affairs. At that time, any reasonable accommodations to AFI's facilities or program that may be necessary to ensure a positive and productive experience for the Fellow are discussed. If the Fellow prefers, a parent and/or faculty member may be part of the conversation. The Vice Dean, Fellow Affairs will communicate, as requested by Fellow, with therapists, doctors, outside counselors and any other support persons with regard to support the Conservatory can extend to the Fellow. Additionally, if requested by the Fellow, appropriate accommodations will be discussed with faculty.
Fire Safety Report and Fire Log
Beginning October 1, 2010, any institution that provides on-campus housing must distribute an annual fire safety report as well as maintain a fire log for on-campus housing. The AFI Conservatory does not provide any housing for Fellows and, therefore, does not distribute an annual fire safety report or maintain a fire log.
Job Placement Rates
The AFI Conservatory does not guarantee job placement nor does it advertise job placement rates for recruitment purposes. Therefore, we are not required to provide data on the employment or job placement of our alumni.
Missing Person Notification Policy
Beginning October 1, 2010, any institution that provides on-campus housing must include in its annual security report a policy on missing student notification procedures. The AFI Conservatory does not provide any housing for Fellows and, therefore, does not include a missing person notification policy in its annual security report.
Outcome of Disciplinary Proceedings
If requested in writing, the AFI Conservatory will disclose the result of a disciplinary proceeding conducted by AFI against a Fellow to the alleged victim of any crime of violence or nonforcible sex offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime of violence or nonforcible sex offense, AFI will provide the results of the disciplinary proceeding to the next of kin if requested in writing. The requirement applies only to disciplinary proceedings conducted on or after August 14, 2009 as required by law.
Preferred Lender List/Arrangement for Private Education Loans
The AFI Conservatory does not endorse any private education loans with a preferred lender arrangement or preferred lender list. Because we do not have such an arrangement or list, no reports or disclosures related are required.
Privacy of Student Records - the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Institutions receiving funds under any U.S. Department of Education program must adhere to the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As required, the AFI Conservatory provides information about the privacy of educational records to all enrolled Fellows through the Fellow Handbook. The Handbook is distributed to all Fellows each year.
Refund Policy: Withdrawal and the Return of Title IV Funds
The AFI Conservatory's tuition and fees refund policy as well as the policy on the return of any unearned financial aid is explained on the Financial Aid Office's policies website. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 323.856.7699.
Requirements and procedures for official withdrawal from the AFI Conservatory are listed in our Fellows Handbook that is distributed annually to all enrolled Fellows. It is listed below for prospective Fellows.
At any time during the academic year, a Fellow may withdraw for personal reasons after submitting a signed and dated notification of withdrawal to the Registrar. The day on which the Registrar receives the notification determines the official withdrawal date. The Fellow will be required to relinquish his/her Conservatory identification card to the Registrar, and, as of the recorded withdrawal date, may no longer attend any Conservatory activities, will have no further access to AFI facilities or equipment and is ineligible to receive a degree or certificate from the American Film Institute Conservatory. The transcript will note "withdrawn" and the official date of withdrawal. The Registrar will notify all Faculty, staff and Conservatory departments of the official withdrawal status.
State Grant Assistance
The state of California offers a grant program that is administered by the California Student Aid Commission. Unfortunately, the Cal Grant program is only offered to undergraduates (with exceptions for a teaching credential or mandatory five-year programs) and is not available for study at the AFI Conservatory.
We encourage your independent research of scholarship and grant opportunities but suggest that you look into state programs in your home state. To assist you, we suggest you look into opportunities at the State Higher Education Agency that administers financial aid in your home state.
Transfer Credit Policies/Articulation Agreements/Accreditations
Due to the unique nature of the AFI Conservatory production-based and collaborative program, the Conservatory does not accept transfer students for admission. Accepted applicants must enter as a First Year, First Term Fellow with the intent to attend full-time for the duration of the program. Institutional review to be exempt from a particular course in which a Fellow has previous knowledge and experience is considered by requesting Credit for Prior Learning. In such circumstance, if accepted to the Conservatory, transfer credit(s) from other accredited graduate level programs are considered on a discipline specific basis, but not automatically accepted.
The Conservatory has no articulation agreements with any other institution.
The AFI Conservatory is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. The AFI Conservatory is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, 703.437.0700). The AFI Conservatory is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (400 "R" Street, Suite 5000, Sacramento, CA 95814-620C, 916.445.3427) to operate as an accredited, degree-granting institution. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. These approvals are available for review in the Registrar's Office, room 104 in the Warner Bros. Building, during regular business hours.
The AFI Conservatory does not require vaccinations of any kind from any enrolled Fellow.
Institutions must make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to enrolled students. The AFI Conservatory supports the Secretary of State's efforts to encourage voter registration.
You may register to vote by picking up the registration form in the Registrar's Office, WB 104, or at any local elections office, library or U.S. Post Office. You may also fill out a Voter Registration Form, in English or Spanish, online and mail it to the county elections office. The address is printed on the form.
For more information about registering to vote, please refer to the informative website provided by the California Secretary of State.