The Application Process
Step 1: File the FAFSA
All financial aid applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to indicate A.C.T. on the school list section of the form (school code: 014545).
A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to complete a FAFSA. Students may request a PIN at pin.ed.gov.
Please note: a FAFSA cannot be filed before January 1. Students must reapply each year.
Jan 30, 2019 for applicants wanting to be considered for Callback Weekend travel reimbursement need eligibility.
Step 2: Complete the A.C.T. Application
Please download and complete the forms below.
Come back to find the application forms for the MFA class of 2024.
Additional documentation with your application is required. Typical documents include, but are not limited to:
- Tax Forms
- Verification Forms
- Social Security and Citizenship Information
- Student's Current Credit Report from one of these three credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion, or Experian
Basic documentation requirements and deadlines are disclosed in the A.C.T. Student Financial Aid Application instructions. If core documents are missing or additional documentation is deemed necessary when your file is reviewed, we will send a missing information letter.
Outside scholarships are available online. Please spend as much time as you can searching for them, as they can significantly reduce your loan indebtedness. Among the best websites are www.finaid.org and www.fastweb.org.
Never pay a solicitor to help you with your financial aid or find an outside scholarship! Agencies such as these are usually scams.
Rights and Responsibilities
You have the right:
- To know what financial aid programs are available at your school.
- To know the deadline for submitting applications for each available program.
- To know how financial aid will be distributed, how decisions are made, and the basis for these decisions.
- To know how your financial need was determined. This includes how costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, travel, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., are considered in your budget.
- To know how much of your financial need has been met as determined by the financial aid advisor at the school or college.
- To know what resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, your assets, etc.) were considered in the calculation of your need.
- To know what portion of the financial aid you received must be repaid, and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the repayment procedures, the length of time you have to repay the loan, and when repayment is to begin. Under the Federal Stafford Loan program, if you cannot meet the repayment schedule, you may request that the loan payments be reduced for a specific period of time if it will assist you in avoiding default.
- To know how the school determines whether you are making satisfactory progress, and what happens if you are not.
- To request an explanation of the various programs in your student aid package.
You have the responsibility:
- To complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the right place.
- To provide correct information. In most instances, misreporting information on financial aid applications is a violation of law and may be considered a criminal offense.
- To return all documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Student Financial Aid Office or the agency to which you submitted your application.
- To read and understand all forms that you are asked to sign and to keep copies of them.
- To accept responsibility for all the arrangements that you sign.
- To perform the work that is agreed upon in accepting a Federal Work-Study award before you receive payment.
- To be aware of your school's refund procedures.
All schools must provide information to prospective students about the school's programs and performance. You should consider this information carefully before deciding to attend a school.
To log into nslds.ed.gov to track your federal loans and locate your loan servicer.
As a recipient of a Direct Loan, you must notify your school and loan servicer if any of the following occur before the loan is repaid:
- change of address
- withdrawal from school or less than half-time attendance
- name change
- transfer to other schools
Probation or Dismissal of Financial Aid Recipients
Students on financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress as noted in the A.C.T. student handbook. If a student is dismissed, the director of academic affairs will notify the financial aid director by the end of the next class day, and the appropriate financial aid review will take place. Any refunds due the student and/or a financial aid program will be calculated according to the latest federal regulations and policies detailed in the M.F.A. Program student handbook and financial aid information.
Contact the A.C.T. Financial Aid Office at 415.439.2411 if you have any questions or need help completing your application.
Financial Aid Office Staff
Jerry Lopez, Financial Aid Director 415.439.2411
American Conservatory Theater
℅ Financial Aid Office
415 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94104