Tuition Assistance Due to COVID-19

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Tuition Assistance Due to COVID-19

 

To The New York Film Academy Producing Department Chairman,

 

As the entire world is dealing with COVID-19, the contagious respiratory disorder, situations occur due to this coronavirus and everyone has the feeling of being on an entirely different planet. Producing students and those amongst other departments within the New York Film Academy and the entire globe have faced disasters before, but nothing as uncertain and catastrophic as this pandemic.

In fact, this is an unprecedented time that demands major adjustments in our everyday lives as students and faculty. Students all over the world have shown courage in adapting to such unfavorable conditions with the shift to distance education in spite of witnessing their families and home countries in lockdown and/or quickly catching the ailment itself. However, some issues need to seriously be addressed soon as these have been entirely beyond the students' control. The most serious of these is the need to acknowledge that the students of the New York Film Academy are looking for financial assistance right now.

The impact of this crisis, on both students and their families makes the situation a lot more intricate and there is a dire need for special considerations campus wide. Many families are suffering due to business closures and job loss and therefore, not generating enough cash flow to afford their students’ education and expenses. In addition, for those who are able to obtain a part-time job due to the rigorous school scheduling, students are no longer able to rely on those jobs to pay for their education and living expenses due to business shutdowns inside the US.

The spring semester began roughly around February 3, 2020 for most, and by March 13, 2020, all weekend classes were halted and began transitioning for online course studies beginning March 16, 2020. With almost two full semesters of no physical class, and classes being held on an online basis, students not only lose the effect of being in class, but alongside they lose possible collaborations with fellow students and professionals in the area. Online classes also result in reduced cost for the university to operate as a whole. For the New York Film Academy, who is deemed a private university, what could be better time than this to show they support its students. Offering more than equipment discounts are more adequate to students that are in screenwriting, producer, and non-technical programs within the university. Refunding certain amounts already paid by students or by reducing part of the tuition for the semesters yet to start will be an example of the university supporting its students. (i.e. September 2020.)

The schedule of being online with class makes it even more difficult for the students to obtain the limited job opportunities that we have lost by not being on the campus location we paid to attend. Some students and courses at New York Film Academy are charged a substantial amount where an annual increase of tuition still applies throughout this pandemic. In some programs, the number of courses taken each semester may decrease, though tuition either stays the same or increases. We are also requesting the university provides an online resource or physical information, detailing what our classes cost and what our tuition goes toward. (Lab fees, facility, classes, etc.) This goes into question if we are unable to use the benefits and resources like social clubs, library archives, sound studios, editing bays, etc. Not only will this provide transparency but will also give students the opportunity to budget appropriately during these uncertain times.

Students are not only bearing the loss in terms of lower learning quality due to distance education, but also suffering from adverse mental health and heightened levels of distress due to confinement and associated financial struggles. We do thank you for your resources in this regard. A considerable reduction in tuition would help the students in coping with these unfortunate series of events. With hope that this message reaches the highest ears and eyes within New York Film Academy, we, the students look forward to a practical solution that informs us our voices are heard.

 

Thank you,

New York Film Academy

Producing Students