LAFSC Semester Costs, 2020-21
HOW DOES BILLING WORK FOR LAFSC PARTICIPATION?
The Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for program participation.
The CCCU invoices campuses for the cost of LAFSC participation and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus' established policies and procedures. (For example, some schools charge the exact fees of the off-campus program, other schools charge the campus tuition price, while others charge full on-campus fees plus an additional off-campus study fee. And there's every variation in between!)
Since each school determines their own policies regarding off-campus study costs and the applicability of institutional scholarships and other aid, you should confirm your school's policies with the Off-Campus Study Coordinator on your campus.
HOW MUCH DO I PAY & WHAT'S INCLUDED?
Typically, the only expenses LAFSC participants pay directly to the CCCU are the application fee ($50), the non-refundable confirmation fee ($300, deducted from the total housing fee at invoicing), and the $200 partially-refundable housing and equipment/facilities security deposit (this is paid prior to arrival at the program).
About six weeks before each semester begins, the CCCU sends participation invoices to each home campus. For the 2020-21 school year, that bill will feature the below LAFSC semester costs.
LAFSC Program Fees
TOTAL LAFSC FEES:
BALANCE OF LAFSC FEES:
Keep in mind the total program costs billed to you through your school may differ, depending on your campus's policies.
Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.
Expenses covered by LAFSC fees:
- Recommended 16 hours of academic credit
- Production costs (licensing fees, location fees, special equipment rental, props, costumes, makeup, expendables, etc.) for the program-required film production course; an approximately $375 value.
- Entrance fees to LAFSC-organized, film-related attractions
LAFSC strives to provide students with the best resources in film studies and production at the best possible cost. Therefore, LAFSC offers its students discounted rates on some books as well as lab fees that are a fraction of the cost of other Southern California film programs.
Below is a breakdown of fees that students can expect to pay upon arrival at the program based upon their elective course of study. All fees are subject to change without notice.
Additional anticipated expenses:
(Anticipated expenses are estimates, which will be updated should local costs shift significantly. You may spend more/less depending on your personal spending habits.)
- Travel between home and Los Angeles
- $200 security deposit (due prior to arrival; $25 is nonrefundable; the remaining portion is refundable following post-departure apartment inspection and assessment of student-caused damages or loss to equipment , inventory or facilities)*
- Health insurance, valid for entire length of stay/program dates
- Meals (approx. $100/week)
- Transportation to/from internship (varies based on internship location; approx. $20-50/week)
- LAFSC Textbooks (approx $100-$200, depending on elective course selection)
- Personal medical expenses, if incurred
- Personal discretionary expenditures (Recommend $45-90/week)
*Students that withdraw from the program after LAFSC has secured apartment leases for the semester (approximately two weeks before the start of the program) may not be entitled to a refund of this deposit, dependent on the reasons for withdrawal.
WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?
You can expect to use all of your Federal and State financial aid to study off-campus through the BestSemester programs. Additionally, most (but not all) campuses allow students to transfer some or all of their institutional financial aid, scholarships and grants to BestSemester programs.
Contact your Off-Campus Study Coordinator, Financial Aid Office, or other applicable office on your campus for more information and to determine how much financial aid can be applied to your off-campus semester. As anticipated expenses for your off-campus semester most likely differ from an on-campus semester, be sure to bring this page so you can adjust your financial aid statement of need.
WHAT IF I'M ACCEPTED THEN LATER DECIDE TO WITHDRAW MY LAFSC PARTICIPATION?
We hope this doesn't happen! Just in case...You need to know the BestSemester Withdrawal/Refund Policy.
WHAT IF I DON'T ATTEND A CCCU INSTITUTION?
(First of all, double-check. Click here to find out if you attend a CCCU school.)
Students must be enrolled full-time on a "home" campus in order to participate in LAFSC. If you do not attend a CCCU school, your campus may be willing to enter a one-term consortium agreement with the CCCU to allow your participation.** If not, we will try to help you enroll as a guest student through a CCCU school. Please contact the Los Angeles Film Studies Center ([email protected]) during or prior to the application phase to discuss your participation.