The NFTS Welcomes American Students

American students thrive at the NFTS with many going on to win major international awards. Since 2000 the NFTS has welcomed more than a dozen American students to the school to study. In 2013 Tim Reckhart from Arizona was nominated for an Oscar and won an Annie Award for his NFTS Graduation Film Head over Heels and Kristina Yee from California won Student Academy Award Gold for her Graduation Film Miss Todd. 
 
The NFTS has also consistently been placed in the top twenty film schools in the world and top three non-US film schools by the Hollywood Reporter.
 
 

Courses

The NFTS offers more behind the camera courses than any other film school in the world with courses ranging from Cinematography to Directing and Screenwriting to Digital Effects. 
 
The School is a Postgraduate Institution and typically students who apply would have completed a US Bachelor's degree, which is equivalent to the UK Bachelor's.
 

Financial Support

The NFTS course fees are very competitive in relation to the leading US film schools and University film programmes.
 

US Government Loans

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States you are eligible to apply for funding under the US Government William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.

You must also meet the criteria set by the US Department of Education in order to be eligible for US Federal Loans. The eligibility criteria are subject to change at the US Department of Education's discretion and are beyond the University's control. You should check the latest eligibility criteria on the Federal Student Aid website.

In addition to the criteria specified on the Federal Student Aid website, you must be accepted on to one of our full-time postgraduate MA courses. You must remain continuously enrolled and resident in the UK for the duration of the course. If your enrolment/residency status, including any placement, changes at any time, you must inform the student loans administrator straight away.
 

Origination fee

The origination fee is a charge made by the US Department of Education (USDE) to cover the administrative charges related to your loan. For information on origination fees charged by the USDE please see Federal Student Aid.

Please note: the loan origination fee is subject to change by the USDE.

The NFTS does not charge any loan fees. The USDE funds received by the School are converted into the equivalent GBP according to the daily exchange rate. Fluctuations in exchange rates cannot be used to increase the Cost of Attendance.
 

Interest rates

Please visit the Federal Student Aid website for details on current interest rates for direct loans.

 

How much can you borrow?

As a postgraduate student, you might be eligible for the Unsubsidised loan and the plus loan. The amounts are currently (2019-20) as follows:

Annual Maximum Unsubsidized

$20,500 per year

Aggregate maximum:

$138,500 including undergraduate loans (maximum of which $65,500 is Subsidized)

APPLY FOR FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), just as you did under the FFEL Program. We will use the information from your FAFSA to assist in determining your eligibility for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

  • fafsa.ed.gov/
  • To apply for a PIN if you do not already have one, or for customer service regarding a previously assigned PIN, visit the Federal Student Aid PIN Web site at www.PIN.ed.gov
  • After the department processes your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Please retain the SAR for your records and be prepared to provide it to us if we ask.
  • The NFTS ID number is G24967.
APPLY FOR PLUS LOANS (Optional)

PLUS loans

If you would like to apply for a PLUS loan:

  • Go to the Student Loans website
  • Apply for your Plus Loans Credit Check
  • Take a screen shot to email to the NFTS, addressed to studentfunding@nfts.co.uk or include the email sent to you about your credit check.
  • Retreive a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
COMPLETE MPNs

Direct Loan MPN Completion

You must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each loan type you wish to borrow. Although you may have previously signed an MPN to receive FFEL or Direct Loan Program loans, these MPNs cannot be used to make Direct Loans at our school.

The MPN is the legal document through which you promise to repay your Direct Loans and any accrued interest and fees to the Department. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loans. In some cases, a Direct Loan MPN can be used to make loans for up to ten (10) years. However, you will need to complete a new Direct Loan MPN each academic year that you receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan at our school.

You may complete a Direct Loan MPN electronically via the Student Loans website
To complete a Direct Loan MPN electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN.This is the same PIN used to complete the FAFSA.
 
COMPLETE ENTRANCE COUNSELLING

Direct Loan Entrance and Exit Counseling Completion

If you are a graduate/professional student and have not previously received a FFEL Stafford Loan or Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling before you can receive a Direct Loan.

You may complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling electronically via the Student Loans website
To complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. This is the same PIN used to complete the FAFSA.
You will need to complete Entrance Counseling for each type of loan you borrow (e.g. Stafford and PLUS).
You will also be required to complete Exit Counseling shortly before you complete your studies.
FUNDS DISBURSED

Disbursement of funds

The loans will be disbursed to the NFTS who will then arrange to convert the loans to pounds sterling. Once we know the amount in pounds received, the money is allocated to tuition fees as laid down in the US Dept of Education regulations, before any excess is returned to you. You will then be notified of how the loan has been allocated. Disbursements are made in three instalments in January, May and September.

SELECTIVE SERVICE

If you are exempt from Selective Services, please provide proof:

Certificate of Naturalisation or another certificate of exemption

COST OF ATTENDANCE (CoA)

Once all of your required documents have been received, you will be sent a Cost of Attendance calculation. This calculates your tuition fee, average maintenance and general living costs, travel and miscellaneous expenses.

You are able to take the full Cost of Attendance recommended or less should you prefer. If you require a higher Cost of Attendance, you will be asked to detail why and provide evidence. We have the right to deny any increase amount requests. 

Once the CoA has been initialled, dated and approved by the Federal Loan Administrator, we can process the application via the Common Origination & Disbursement website. 

Location

The NFTS is based in its own historic film studio location and is only 20 minutes outside of central London by train. The School also offers special low cost train travel between London and Beaconsfield.
 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

In order to remain eligible for Federal Aid you need to be making satisfactory academic progress by passing modules/progress reviews. If you fail to meet SAP you will become ineligible for US Federal Loans. For further information please see the SAP policy here.

 

When and how will I recieve my loan?

The US Department of Education doesn’t allow any loan to be disbursed before a student is fully enrolled on a programme, therefore we won’t be able to authorise any disbursement payment before you arrive in the UK and officially enroll.

You should receive your first disbursement within 4 weeks of arriving in the UK and enrolling on your course. The value you are going to receive and the disbursements dates are shown on the Disbursement Notification Letter sent to you via email and post when we originate your loan.

Your money will be paid in three equal installments, which are disbursed at the beginning of each term. All disbursements are subject to the following conditions:

  • You are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • You are enrolled on a full-time MA course
  • You are not in the USA
  • You have not violated any federal compliance regulations (repayment default, fraud, drugs, etc.)
 

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

If you take out a federal loan at the NFTS, we are required to submit the details of your loan to NSLDS every 60 days and this data will be accessible to guaranty agencies, lenders and schools determined to be authorised users of the data system. NSLDS is used for purposes of monitoring attendance and reporting

 

Withdrawing or Deferring

It is essential that we act as quickly as possible, should you change the status of your studies as follows:

  • Suspension/Deferral
  • Withdrawal

Under US federal law, the School is required to report any changes to your enrolment within a limited window. For students who withdraw from their studies or defer their studies, it may be necessary to complete a Return to Title IV (R2T4) calculation, and arrange for the return any ‘unearned’ funds to the US Department of Education.

If you wish to cancel your loan, you will need to notify the Federal Loan Administrator, located in the Registry department, at least two weeks before the upcoming disbursement date. There is a short period after receipt of your disbursement where you can ask the School to return federal loan funds to the US, but you will be responsible for all bank charges and fees if the payment has already been made. If you wish to cancel your Federal Loan and the timeframe for doing so through the School has passed, you can still make a payment direct to your lender. You are advised to contact your lender for up to date details on cancelling your loan.

 

Missing Persons

Students attendance is regularly monitored. To prevent concern that a student could be missing, Students are required to notify their course department and Registry if they intend to be away for any period of time during their studies. This notification should be sent via email and a follow up in person where able. Please contact the School for further information.

 

Repayments

It is important that you understand your rights and obligations when borrowing US Federal Loans. Students are advised to fully research and understand the responsibility of borrowing and repayment before requesting Federal student aid. The Federal Student Aid webpage has an estimate calculator where you can calculate your estimated loan repayments.

Entrance counselling is a condition of your loan agreement and should be completed before you start your course, and as you are coming to the end of your studies, you will be reminded to complete Exit counselling. It will inform you about repayment and money management, and advise you how to make the necessary arrangements before and during repayment.

Your Student Loan must be repaid. If you do not meet the loan repayments as required by your loan servicer, you will go into default. You are advised to keep in touch with your loan servicer and discuss your options if you are struggling to meet your repayments. You are also advised to update your loan servicer of any changes to your personal details such as address, phone number, enrolment status.

 

Tier 4 Visa

You will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to study at the NFTS as our MA courses are two years, full-time in duration. You can apply for a student visa a maxium of three months before the start of your course.  You will need to make your application at your nearest Visa application centre.

For detailed information about the application process and requirements, including help with the online Tier 4 visa application form, please see our Students from abroad page.

 

Vaccinations Policy

Advice about vaccinations is outlined in your student offer letter. It is recommended that you ensure you have had both meningitis and MMR vaccines before attending the school. Please consult with your family doctor in order to confirm this.

 

Retention Rate

Information on the School’s retention rate is available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

 

Employment

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Further Help and Advice

If you would like to speak with someone at the NFTS then please don’t hesitate to email studentfunding@nfts.co.uk
 

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