Scholarships, Awards, Financial Aid

This page offers a listing of various scholarships, grants, and awards students in the MFA Television, Film, and Theater program can apply.  This is only a partial list.  For more information visit Financial Aid's Resources and Links.  

Cal State LA Scholarships

Deadline: March 5, 2018-March 30, 2018

Cal State LA has over 400 scholarship opportunities to support your educational goals.  You can browse the various scholarships available on our Cal State LA Scholarships Application site during the scholarship application season (March 5, 2018-March 30, 2018).  The scholarships are made available through the generosity of our University donors, alumni, and friends.  Please keep in mind that these scholarship opportunities are in addition to the various federal, state, and outside agency financial aid programs!

Apply Once!

Cal State LA has simplified the process for you to be considered for these various Cal State LA scholarship opportunities.  Simply follow the steps on the general application and you will be automatically matched to the scholarships for which you meet the minimum qualifications.  Final selection will then be made based on a ranking of the applicants based by the appropriate scholarship committee.

Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

Deadline: TBA
These grants are designed to increase the number of master’s degrees awarded to economically disadvantaged CSU students, especially those graduate students that are underrepresented among graduate degree recipients in their discipline and to those who are disabled. 

Graduate Student Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Program

Deadline to College Associate Deans: April 2, 2018

A limited number of non-resident tuition fee waivers or tuition fee reductions may be granted to non-resident graduate students who are either domestic non-resident students or citizens of a foreign country.

Travel Support for Students Presenting at Professional Conferences (TSSP)

Deadline: Ongoing

The Travel Support for Student Presentations (TSSP) is a reimbursement program designed to encourage and assist Cal State LA graduate students whose work has been accepted into a professional/academic conference. 

Culminating Project Fund to Support Completion of Thesis, Creative Activity or Dissertation

Deadline: Ongoing

This fund is a reimbursement program designed to support Cal State LA graduate student research and/or scholarship conducted towards completing a thesis, creative activity, or dissertation. Students funded through this award will receive reimbursement for approved supplies, equipment, and services.

National & International Scholarships and Fellowships Program

The National & International Scholarships and Fellowships Program (NISFeP) supports students in pursuing off-campus scholarships and fellowships that offer transformative and challenging experiences in the areas of academic and applied research, and global and civic learning. We work closely with students throughout the process, helping them strengthen their relationships with faculty mentors and develop their ability to present their knowledge, ideas, values, accomplishments, and goals succinctly and effectively.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Awards

Since 2007, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has made generous donations to the undergraduate TVFM and graduate TVFT programs to support students in their academic pursuits.

Read all about the 2017 HFPA Recipients

There is no application for this award. Instead, faculty assess students for an award according to the following criteria:

TVFM General Award for Returning Students: following the posting of grades at the end of each Spring semester, returning students with a GPA of 3.8 or above, are considered for an award of $2500. Priority will be given to students who have not received a previous General Award or a Recruitment Award.

TVFT General Award for Returning Students: following the posting of grades at the end of each Spring semester, returning students with a GPA of 3.8 or above, are considered for an award of $2500. Priority will be given to students who have not received a previous General Award or a Recruitment Award. GPAs are assessed at the close of grade posting at the end of the Spring semester. Awards are available towards the following Fall semester.

TVFT Recruitment Award for New Incoming Students: the top three ranked accepted applicants for each Option will be considered for an award of $2500 that will be available as of the first Fall semester.

All awards, General or Recruitment, are restricted to a maximum of one award per student per academic year.