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Financial Aid/Student Business Services: For fee/tuition payments and remission, fellowships, loans.  Access your information through MyUCSC.  Help is available at or call 831-459-2107.

Payroll: For TA and GSR salary, or any other payment for employment (tutoring, GSA rep, etc.).  Check payments and find forms at UCPath.  Help is available at

Accounting (FAST office):  For reimbursements (travel, research, etc.), fellowship stipends for international students, research grants/misc. fellowships.  Update information via the 204 Vendor Setup Form.  Help is available at or call 831-459-4488.  

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Deferment of Existing Loans: Call Direct Loans 1-800-848-0979.


External Funding
Most scholarships are obtained from outside the university system. We encourage you to do a web search for outside funding at the same time as you are applying for Ph.D. programs. Some fellowships can only be used in the first year of graduate study, e.g. the Mellon; you would apply for these before you enter graduate school so that, if successful, you will have funding for your first year. Other possibilities include Ford, Mellon, Javits, or National Science Foundation scholarships. Our Division of Graduate Studies also awards a small number of one- or two-year fellowships to entering students. The Film & Digital Media Department itself has extremely limited funding for student support. However, some faculty are engaged in funded research projects that do, at times, have GSRs (graduate student research assistantships) associated with them. Application to these GSR positions should be initiated directly with the faculty member and may entail another application process.

Below we list a number of granting opportunities some of which support graduate education, others which support writing or production projects.

Grant & Financial Aid Information UCIRA List of California and National Funding Opportunities

Grant Writing Workshop Thanks to Lesly Cuevas for this video of Christina Waters giving the "Grant Writing For the Humanities and the Arts" workshop on October 9th, 2008; and, corresponding PowerPoint presentation slides.

Grants at UCSC
Arts Research Institute UCSC's own Arts Grants, as well as a listing of other Grant databases and "External Funding Agencies."

Florence French Scholarship The Florence French Financial Aid Fund for Art is bequest "to provide scholarships in art for worthy students in need of financial aid." Your eligibility hinges on filing the FAFSA online at The FAFSA is based on your previous year's income. If there is a change in your income for the current year that is not reflected in the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid office after filing the FAFSA form online to clarify your financial situation. The DANM department awards this scholarship to students in support of a specific project or to cover additional academic expenses. Notification is sent to student in early January and applications are due before March 1.

Porter College - Support For Graduate Students:

University of California, Office of Research and Graduate Studies List of funding available through the University of California.



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