MFA in Film


Vermont College of Fine Arts recognizes the importance scholarships play in helping students meet financial needs. The MFA in Film program offers merit based and need based scholarships, and grant assistance in recognition that this medium is one that requires substantial financial commitment.

The low-residency format of the program itself helps keep tuition as low as possible while providing superior mentorship around individual student projects and facilitates the deepening of creative choice, the expansion of story voice, and strengthening of directorial decisions in fiction and non fiction film genres and in both long form and short form.

The President's Fellowship for New Voices in Film - full tuition

The President's Fellowship for New Voices in Film, a full-tuition scholarship given to one MFA in Film student every two years, represents VCFA’s support and commitment to fostering diverse and emerging filmmakers. The main goal of the fellowship is to promote diversity and inclusion for under-represented artists who have created at least one acclaimed major work, and to support work that is formally, aesthetically, and/or topically innovative. Financial need is also a consideration.

Director’s Award – up to $3,000/semester

Awarded for excellence in storytelling based on a substantial and compelling body of work in fiction or non-fiction.

Innovation in Form and Content – up to $2,000/semester

Awarded for finished work, and work-in-progress, that seeks to bring innovation to traditional and non-traditional storytelling form in fiction or non-fiction.

Language of Film Award – up to $1,000/semester

Awarded for excellence in production design and cinematography in completed episodic, short or long form narrative works.

Documentary short form – up to $1,000/semester

Awarded for short-form documentary work that focuses on personal growth, social engagement, and cultural values in documentary form.

Emerging Screenwriter’s Award - $1,500

Support MFA thesis script development; awarded for storytelling promise to develop a feature-length script or episodic series based upon MFA thesis goals.

External Film Scholarships


David Markow

Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid
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Additional Scholarship Resources

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.

Merit based scholarship awards may range up to $3,000/semester are designed to support excellence in storytelling as demonstrated in a body of work, and diversity of form and expression.

Both need-based and merit-based scholarships are awarded after acceptance into the program and it is imperative that the applicant submit a FAFSA to be considered for a scholarship by the published due date. Once an applicant to the MFA in Film program has been accepted into the program, we recommend that you schedule a meeting with our Financial Aid department to discuss financing your education at VCFA.