MFA in Film


Vermont College of Fine Arts recognizes the importance scholarships play in helping students meet financial needs. VCFA provides merit based scholarships and need based scholarships. In addition, we provide resources for external scholarships and tips on researching external scholarships.

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need. Need based scholarships require the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. VCFA uses the financial results from the FAFSA to determine a student's level of financial need.

The MFA in Film program awards several small merit scholarships to enrolled students. Merit and need based scholarships range from $250 to $1,500. To apply for scholarships students must be accepted into the program and should notify the program director of interest in being considered for scholarships.

The Community Engagement Scholarship

The Community Engagement Scholarship was created to further the appreciation of the ways in which the film arts can contribute to a more humane world.

Vermont College of Fine Arts is proud the many ways in which its students, faculty, staff, and graduates contribute to a deeper understanding of the human spirit and advocate for a fuller appreciation of the human condition through the demonstrable ways that engender community engagement.

Projects can range from learning opportunities in community-based art centers, to more formal teaching assignments; they may be film projects that bring the powerful medium of filmmaking to non-traditional populations or gather community support for a non-traditional topic. They can be documentaries intended to support social justice or investigative projects to bring to light social inequities.

For more information please contact MFA in Film Program Director Stephen Pite,

Independent Filmmaker Production Grant

The grant will go to support the production of film thesis projects of creative merit. The awarding of these competitive production grants will require a detailed budget submission to accompany thesis proposals in the third residency of the program for consideration and recommendation by the Thesis Review Board.

Social Media Fellowship

Thanks to a generous support of a local, digital storyteller we are please to offer a Digital Communicator fellowship. The fellowship is a $1500 award to be applied to the recipient’s tuition in the first semester of attendance, and is renewable. This fellowship will require five hours/week coordinating and directing the program’s social networking effort and reports to the Director of the MFA in Film program.

External Film Scholarships


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