Paying for School
The costs of attending the Conservatory are comparable to the costs of attending unaccredited, less-intensive acting schools and studios in DC. Students pay $13/hour for instruction here, compared to $20 to $24/hour at other local schools. Our tuition is substantially less than accredited acting studios in NYC. Students pay under $10,000/year here, compared to around $35,000/year for an accredited school in NYC. Tuition at the Conservatory is $4,950 per semester, which includes the price of books and materials. There are no additional fees.
Because The Conservatory is fully accredited, students can submit a Free Application for Federal Financial Assistance (FAFSA) to see if they’re eligible to receive federal student loans and/or grants. The US Department of Education (USDE) awards these loans and grants based on need. Most students are eligible for between $2,750 and $4,750 in loans per semester. Students with extreme financial need may also qualify for grants. Approximately 45%** of the Conservatory’s students have been awarded federal student loans and/or grants.
The USDE determines which grants and/or loans you’re eligible for based on the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
If the USDE determines you have extreme financial need, you may be eligible for grants, which do not have to be repaid. The two grants for which you may be eligible are:
If the Department determines you have financial need but that need is not extreme, you may be eligible for student loans. Student loans have to be repaid after your education is completed. Credit checks are not required for these loans; however, to be eligible, you cannot be in default on an existing student loan. The two types of loans for which you may be eligible are:
The table below shows the amounts of loans that Conservatory students have typically qualified for, based on whether they are determined to be dependent* or independent*, as defined by the FAFSA application process.
To find out what kinds of loans and grants you may be eligible for, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Learn more here: Applying for Financial Aid
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