COLUMBIA COLLEGE HOLLYWOOD SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

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SCHOLARSHIPS

CCH Career Accelerator Scholarship

On Campus • Online VFX Program Only

Getting to your dream job faster and save money while doing it!

  • Graduate sooner, in as little as 3 years
  • Save a year on housing
  • Up to $18,950 reduction in tuition cost
  • Start earning money and gaining experience sooner

MAXIMUM AWARD VALUE

BFA PROGRAMS 12 credits per term minimum up to $18,950 per student

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the CCH Career Accelerator Scholarship students must:

  • Be newly enrolled in a degree program with an original program start date during the 2022 calendar year and take a minimum of 12 credits per term
  • Remain enrolled continuously from quarter to quarter to maximize discount
  • Maintain academic standing in compliance with the requirements listed in the institutional catalog
  • Maintain good credit standing (no past due amounts)

DISTRIBUTION

Earn scholarship funds based on continuous enrollment from quarter to quarter to maximize discount.

CCH GOLDEN STATE INSTITUTIONAL GRANT

On Campus • Online VFX Program Only | New and continuing students

At Columbia College Hollywood (CCH), our commitment has always been to empower creatives to pursue their craft. We recognize the global pandemic has impacted many students and their families, both personally and financially. As a liberal arts college, we want to do our part in helping students start their degree with affordable options for covering the cost of tuition. The CCH Golden State Institutional Grant is offered in lieu of Cal Grant as CCH is not participating for the 2021-22 academic year. Eligible California residents are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by March 2nd each calendar year for new or continued eligibility.

Should CCH participate in the Cal Grant 2022-2023 academic year, the Golden State Institutional Grant may be replaced by the Cal Grant government program.

MAXIMUM AWARD VALUE

The CCH Golden State Institutional Grant will match a student’s Cal Grant Award for the 2021-2022 academic year.

ELIGIBILITY & DISTRIBUTION

  • California residents must complete the FAFSA by March 2nd and provide their California Aid Report (CAR) from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) verifying aid eligibility for a Cal Grant award for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Eligibility is based on very specific and limited criteria that can be found on the California Student Aid Commission website.
  • Please contact your Financial Aid Officer or email cchfinancialaid@columbiacollege.edu if you believe you qualify.

Early Decision Scholarship

On Campus • Online VFX Program Only | High School Seniors graduating in 2022 only

The Early Decision Scholarship is awarded to 2022 high school graduates who submit an application for admission on or before December 31, 2021 . All application materials, supporting documents, transcripts, and financial aid applications and documents must be submitted by March 02, 2022.

This scholarship is awarded to students that meet the eligibility requirements as outlined below.

MAXIMUM AWARD VALUE

BFA PROGRAMS 12 credits per term minimum $10,000 per program
AFA Programs 12 credits per term minimum $5,000 per program

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Early Decision Scholarship, students must:

  • Be scheduled to graduate High School in 2022
  • Apply for admission to the college by December 31, 2021 for a program start date during the 2022 calendar year and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per term
  • Complete the following by March 02, 2022:
    • Submit all required admissions materials, supporting documents, and transcripts
    • Be admitted to the college for a term beginning in 2022
    • If applying for Financial Aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Apply for all institutional scholarships of interest
    • Attend a minimum of two CCH events
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for continued eligibility beyond 1st academic year
  • Maintain good credit standing (no past due amounts)

DISTRIBUTION

LA award funds are applied in three equal installments (one installment per term) in the 2022 academic calendar year. Students enrolled 16 credits each term will receive the maximum award of $2,500 in the academic year. Students enrolled for 12 credits will receive 75% of the per-term award.

OPPORTUNITY GRANT

On Campus • Online VFX Program Only | New Students • CCH graduates enrolling in a new program

The Opportunity Grant provides extra tuition assistance to students who demonstrate financial need and are newly enrolled in a degree program with an original program start date during the 2022 calendar year.

This grant is awarded to students that meet the eligibility requirements as outlined below.

MAXIMUM AWARD VALUE

BFA PROGRAMS 12 credits per term minimum $3,600 per program
AFA Programs 12 credits per term minimum $1,800 per program

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Opportunity Grant, students must:

  • Be newly enrolled in a degree program with an original program start date during the 2022 calendar year and take a minimum of 12 credits per term
  • Be Pell Grant eligible based on EFC calculated on FAFSA
  • Maintain Pell Grant eligibility for continued eligibility beyond 1st academic year

DISTRIBUTION

Award funds are applied in three equal installments (one installment per term) in the 2022 academic calendar year. Students enrolled 16 credits each term will receive the maximum award of $900 in the academic year. Students enrolled for 12 credits will receive 75% of the per-term award.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

On Campus • Online VFX Program Only | New Students • CCH graduates enrolling in a new program

MAXIMUM AWARD VALUE

BFA PROGRAMS 12 credits per term minimum $7,200 per program
AFA Programs 12 credits per term minimum $3,600 per program

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Academic Achievement Scholarship, students must:

  • Be newly enrolled in a degree program with an original program start date during the 2022 calendar year and take a minimum of 12 credits per term
  • Meet the following Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) or GED Test Score criteria at the time of Admission Committee review:
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average
      • Show proof of an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale from the most recently attended accredited institution
    • GED
      • GED 2014-present (Fifth Test Series) Average Score: 175 or higher
      • GED 2002-2013 (Fourth Test Series) Average Score: 550 or higher
      • GED 1988-2001 (Third Test Series) Average Score: 45 or higher
  • Maintain at minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA for continued eligibility beyond 1st academic year
  • Maintain good credit standing (no past due amounts)

DISTRIBUTION

Award funds are applied in three equal installments (one installment per term) in the 2022 academic calendar year. Students enrolled 16 credits each term will receive the maximum award of $1,800 in the academic year. Students enrolled for 12 credits will receive 75% of the per-term award.

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTOR SCHOLARSHIP

On Campus • Online VFX Program Only | New Students • CCH graduates enrolling in a new program

The Creative Contributor Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to exceptionally creative students who are newly enrolled in a degree program with an original program start date during the 2022 calendar year.

MAXIMUM AWARD VALUE

BFA PROGRAMS Los Angeles – 16 credits per term up to $12,000 per program
AFA Programs Los Angeles – 16 credits per term up to $6,000 per program

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Creative Contributor Scholarship, students must:

  • Be newly enrolled in a degree program with an original program start date during the 2022 calendar year and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per term
  • Submit: a portfolio of the applicant’s original creative work that meets the submission criteria for the applicant’s enrolled degree program. See Portfolio Submission Criteria below. Incomplete portfolio submissions will not be accepted.
  • Email completed submissions directly to scholarship2022@columbiacollege.edu
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for continued eligibility beyond 1st academic year
  • Maintain good credit standing (no past due amounts)

DISTRIBUTION

Award funds are applied in three equal installments (one installment per term) in the 2022 academic calendar year. Students enrolled 16 credits each term will receive the maximum award of $3,000 in the academic year. Students enrolled for 12 credits will receive 75% of the per-term award.

PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

FILM + CINEMA

A Film + Cinema portfolio must demonstrate creativity, skill, and collaboration through film work samples that meet the below criteria. Portfolios will be judged based on the student’s vision as evidenced by originality and clarity of story, technical ability, and overall production quality.

Acting portfolio submissions must include:

  1. Two memorized monologues, each approximately two minutes in length, delivered in .MOV file format.
    • Contemporary selections should be from 20th or 21st century writers.
    • Acting reel up to 4 minutes delivered in .MOV file format.
      • Reels may include a compilation sample of work, or a clip out of one project. The best work will show an actor’s emotional range and give a sense of vocal range and physicality.

Cinematography portfolio submissions must include:

  • Show reel, 1:30-2 minutes in length, that includes the best visual representation of your work delivered in .MOV file format.
    • Reels may include a compilation sample of work, or a clip out of one project.
  • 7-10 still pictures representing your sense of Composition delivered in .JPG or .PDF file format.
    • The best photos excel in technical execution related to composition, including control of depth of field, exposure, sense of motion, and framing.
  • Essay discussing the work of a Director of Photography of your choice in .PDF file format (250 words).
    • Discuss the Cinematographer’s style of delivery as it relates to working with a specific director or examples from some of the Directors the Cinematographer has worked with.
      • The Director is the author of the film, how does the cinematographer assist in sharing a story’s cinematic language (what the story is about).
    • Describe how you are influenced by the Cinematographer’s work.

Directing portfolio submissions must include:

  • 250-word essay describing your passion for filmmaking/directing and how you plan to develop your artistic voice
    • Why is filmmaking important to you?
    • Why is a degree in filmmaking from Columbia College Hollywood important to you?
    • What is your plan to execute this vision?
    • How will you develop your artistic voice in your vision?
  • Two examples of directing delivered in .MOV file format; short film or longer script (6-8 pages) delivered in .PDF file format

Editing portfolio submissions must include:

  • Editing reel up to 6 minutes delivered in .MOV file format in which the applicant is credited for the work.
    • Reels should show several minutes of a project or two where the editing contributes to the effectiveness of the storytelling and demonstrates a purposeful sense of aesthetic style with regard to story, pacing, and performance.

Producing portfolio submissions must include:

  • A 250-word essay describing a project you would like to make
    • Is this a television series, is this a film, what format would you like this to be?
    • Why would you be excited about making this project?
    • What makes this a project that other people would want to see?

Screenwriting portfolio submissions must include:

  1. Short film script delivered in .PDF file format (15 pages or less); OR
  2. Section of a TV or feature script
    • 15-pages maximum delivered in .PDF file format
    • Beat sheet outlining the complete script that clearly indicates act breaks delivered in PDF file format (2 pages)

Sound portfolio submissions must include:

  • Sound reel up to 4 minutes delivered in .MOV file format in which the applicant is clearly credited for the work.
    • Reels may include a compilation sample of work, or a clip out of one project.
    • The best work will show a sound person’s control of production sound and/or give a sense of how a sound designer’s work added to the overall impact and effectiveness of the piece.
GRAPHIC DESIGN + INTERACTIVE MEDIA / VISUAL EFFECTS + ANIMATION

A Graphic Design + Interactive Media / Visual Effects + Animation portfolio must demonstrate creativity, skill, and collaboration through graphic design, interactive media, visual effects, or animation work samples that meet the below criteria. Portfolios must include only original work done by the applicant.

Graphic Design + Interactive Media portfolio submissions must include:

7-10 pieces of original work done by the applicant. Provide a written explanation of the work in terms of purpose, content/compositional choices, and media selection.

  • Can be traditional art, photography, or design work
  • Delivered in .PPT or .PDF file format

VFX and Animation portfolio submissions must include:

7-10 pieces of original work done by the applicant. Provide a written explanation of the work in terms of purpose, content/compositional choices, and media selection.

  • Traditional art, photography, design work delivered in .PPT or .PDF file format
  • Visual effects or animation work delivered via Vimeo link to a hosted version of the video file

YELLOW RIBBON G.I. EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

On Campus • Online VFX Program Only | Military Veterans only

Columbia College Hollywood participates in the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program to assist new and continuing veteran students in funding their education. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the college coordinates with the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) to ensure full coverage of a veteran’s institutional charges from the college.

MAXIMUM AWARD VALUE

The college’s scholarship amount ensures that the veteran student’s tuition and fees are covered 100% despite the annual cap set by the VA.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to access this benefit, a veteran student must qualify into the 100% coverage tier of the Chapter 33 Benefits Program.

Please see the School Certifying Official on the student’s campus of enrollment for current contribution rates and distribution information.

Ashley Mendoza, Business Office Manager, amendoza@columbiacollege.edu

Krystle Pantek, Financial Aid Officer, krystle.joerg@columbiacollege.edu

Note: Students using Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits (CH31) or Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (CH33) will be allowed to enroll in and attend courses and access campus facilities while the college awaits payment for tuition and fees from the VA. While awaiting receipt of funds from the VA, Columbia College Hollywood will not impose any penalty, charge late fees, or require an eligible student to borrow additional funds to cover tuition or fees. This waiting period begins on the date the student provides appropriate documentation and continues until funds are received from the VA, up to 90 days after the School Certifying Official has certified the student’s enrollment for tuition and fees.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

FEEL EMPOWERED

We want to empower new talent, new creators, and new voices. That’s why we offer scholarships to passionate, committed first-time students.

We encourage you to apply to any scholarship you feel fits your qualifications. Scholarships can be renewed annually, provided you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

This form of financial aid does not need to be paid back and can play an important role in financing your degree. Please review the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines below.

All institutional grants and scholarships are non-transferable and carry no redeemable cash value. Credit balances created as the result of the application of an institutional grant(s) or scholarship(s) to a student account will be retained on the student’s account and applied upon completion of 60% of the academic term. Final scholarship awards are at the sole discretion of the College. In the event that a student delays their original start date, all institutional scholarship and grant awards may be forfeited.

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