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Financial aid is available to students who qualify. The NFI participates in the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan programs and accepts the G.I. Bill.

All eligible students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for the Pell grant, direct loans, and other student aid.

The staff at NFI is happy to assist you with completing the FAFSA and other financial aid documents. Please contact us 877-627-3456, to schedule a financial aid appointment. Phone and in-person assistance is available. You may also send any financial aid questions via e-mail to [email protected].

Federal Aid Application Process

  • Complete the FAFSA online:
  • If you are under the age of 24, you need to provide parent information on your FAFSA, unless one of the following conditions applies:
    • You have a bachelor’s degree
    • You are married
    • You support a child or other dependents
    • You are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces
    • You are an orphan or ward of the court
    • You are in legal guardianship or are an emancipated minor
    • You are self-supporting and at risk of being a homeless youth or are a homeless youth
  • Include NFI’s school code to the list of schools to which you want to send your FAFSA. NFI’s school code is 042461.
  • NFI will send you an Award Letter explaining the types and amounts of aid for which you are eligible. You must have a current Application for Admission on file to receive an Award Letter.

Federal Student Aid Amounts

The Cinema Production Program is a 9-month, clock-hour program. The following amounts are the maximum amounts a student may receive in Federal Student Aid for the duration of the program.


Type of Aid Independent Dependent Dependent Student with Parent Plus Denial
Pell Grant $5,815 $5,815 $5,815
Subsidized Stafford Loan $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan $6,000 $2,000 $6,000
Parent PLUS Loan N/A Up to the program cost minus any Federal Student Aid recieved N/A
Total Yearly Aid $15,315 $11,315 $15,315


Cinema Production Program Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance for the Cinema Production Program includes direct costs (tuition, materials, and any other costs billed directly to you) and indirect costs (housing, transportation and other costs that you will have while living in Nashville, these costs are not billed to you and are not owed to the school).

The Cost of Attendance is used along with the results of your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for Federal Student Aid. The Cost of Attendance is also used to determine the maximum amount of total aid you may receive; students may not exceed the Cost of Attendance in any combination of FSA funds, scholarships, private loans, and other funding sources.

The Cost of Attendance for the Cinema Production Program is based on the cost of living in Nashville (Davidson County). Your actual living expense costs may vary based on your lifestyle and where you live.


Note: NFI only collects for Tuition and Materials. The other items are provided for reference, but are neither provided by nor billed from NFI.

Students Living Off Campus (Not With Parents) Students with no Dependents Living with Parent(s)
Tuition $16,900 $16,900
Materials $2,800 $2,800
Room and Board $13,500 $1,800
Expenses/Transportation $2,655 $2,655
Total $35,855 $24,155