Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

2020 Tuition

For non-GW students: $15,885

For GW degree-seeking students:  standard GW tuition for 9 graduate credits

All successful graduates of the Institute receive nine graduate credits and a Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking.

Enrollment Deposit

Space in the Documentary Film program is extremely limited.  Admitted applicants who wish to reserve a seat in the program must complete the following steps:

  1. Accept admission in TargetX within two weeks of notification.
  2. Register for SMPA 6230 no later than December 6, 2019 via GW’s Registration Transaction Form (form will be provided to you)
  3. Submit an initial tuition payment of $500 no later than December 13, 2019.

The program reserves the right to rescind the admission of any applicant who fails to complete these steps by the deadlines given.


Financial Aid

The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking is considered a part-time program. As such, students are not eligible for federally-supported financial aid.

Payment Options

Staggered Payment Plan

GW provides students the opportunity to enroll in a monthly payment plan. To find out more, follow the directions here.

G.I. Bill Benefits

The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking Graduate Certificate Program is approved by the D.C. State Approving Agency so individuals may use Department of Veteran Affairs benefits to pay for the program's annual tuition. Read more


Withdrawals and Refunds

The Documentary Center follows all of the standard GW policies for withdrawal and tuition refunds.  These policies can be found here.  

Loan Resources and Options

While Institute students are not eligible for Federally-supported loan programs, you are eligible for several other loan options:

Private Alternative Loans

Private alternative loans are available to:

  1. Graduate students requiring more than the annual maximum for their degree type available from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program
  2. International students
  3. Certificate program students who are not eligible for Federal Direct Stafford or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS
Borrowing Amounts

Most private alternative loans will allow a student to borrow up to their cost of attendance minus any other aid and generally requires school certification of enrollment and eligibility information.  In most cases the lender will forward this request to the school after the student completes the initial application, the disclosures, and the self-certification form with the lender. Students must ensure that their loan program lender has received all required information, and has GW’s contact information on record.

Private Loan Lender Requirements

Each private alternative loan product has specific enrollment level requirements and prior balance coverage standards. Review our Private Student Loan Counseling Checklist for helpful information.

When applying, students should make sure the products’ enrollment requirements and other standards meet your specific needs. Also, students should be aware that the final approval and disbursement decision rests with the lender. School certification of the eligible amount is not a guarantee of fund delivery.

Choosing a Private Lender

You are advised to research different lenders and products to find the loan option that best suits your needs.  An internet search for "Private alternative student loans" provides a valuable starting point for both learning about the terms of the loans and reviewing the products available from various lending institutions. 

Apply for private alternative loans at GW