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.
The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking is considered a part-time program. As such, students are not eligible for federally-supported financial aid.
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:
- Graduate students requiring more than the annual maximum for their degree type available from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program
- International students
- Certificate program students who are not eligible for Federal Direct Stafford or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS
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. YouAlso, 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.