Financial Aid

Scholarships & Aid

To fulfill our mission DMII works with all candidate students to make financing and attending the school possible, regardless of their resources, through a combination of  programs below.

Please note that aid is an individualized process and the best way to fully understand your costs and the programs that are best suited to your needs is to apply for aid and have a consultation with our staff after completing the FAFSA.   We encourage everyone to start with the FAFSA during the application process at DMII.

 

Federal Aid Programs: The Pell Grant and Federal Student Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS)  via the FAFSA application process.

State Aid: Tops Tech Program  (A Louisiana State scholarship that you may have qualified for) .

The GI Bill®: DMII is Authorized to accept the GI Bill and associated family benefits.

Internal Merit Scholarships:

Animation, Visual Effects & Interactive Content (AVEI) Creative Excellence Scholarship:  To qualify, prospective students will need to submit 10-15 pieces of personal creative artwork. This work can be drawings and/or examples of traditional or digital animation, photography, graphic design, film-making or other creative digital media. For tips on submitting your portfolio, please contact us at info@dmi.edu   

Interactive Software Development (ISD) Technical Excellence Scholarship: To qualify, students must submit at      least 5 examples of original software code. They can be examples from previous software development courses or    working examples of game prototypes. Key languages include: C, C#, C++ , Java, Java Script, etc. For tips on              submitting your portfolio, please contact us at info@dmi.edu.

Internal Need Based Aid: DMII offers campus need-based aid as part of our aid process.                                             

Private Scholarships: DMII may be able to receive any private scholarships that a student may have, please ask us for details.

Private Student Loans: Private loans can help finance your education at DMII and can be combined with other aid options.

Campus Based Payment Plans: Take any balance with the school and pay it monthly while attending interest free.  A small fee does apply.

For any additional question regarding Financial Aid please contact Elizabeth Simons at 318-213-0164 or esimons@dmi.edu.

Loan Information

DMII works with 3 different vendors for student loans:

 

  1. The US Department of Education-to apply for a federal loan, please visit fafsa.ed.gov. DMII’s school code is 042605. You must enter us as a school in order for us to receive your information.
  2. ANECA Federal Credit Union-Please click here for more information 
  3. Sallie Mae-Please click here for more information 
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Eligibility for Federal Student Aid

To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must:

· Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.

· Have a valid Social Security Number

· Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling.

· Be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.

· Maintain satisfactory academic progress.

· Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.

· Register (or already be registered) with the Selective Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

· Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans).

Many types of federal student aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant or subsidized loans where the government pays the interest while you are in college, also require you to have financial need. Additionally, once you have a bachelor’s degree or a first professional degree, you are generally not eligible for Pell.

How to Apply for Federal Student Aid

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants and loans, you need to complete the FAFSA at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. Once you apply and select DMII’s school code (042605) then we should receive your information within the next 5 business days.

The Financial Aid Office will then check the following:

            -That the student is not in default

            -If selected for Verification, have the student submit all required documents.

            -That the student completed entrance counseling (if applicable)

            -That the student has completed all enrollment documents.

 

Eligibility for School Based Aid

DMII offers internal merit based scholarships for those who submit a portfolio. DMII also offers an additional need based Scholarship for Worthy Students. DMII will review student aid reports generated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and will award scholarships to applicants with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero, and who qualify for dependent status.

Dependents are typically single and not supporting other dependents, although there are various exceptions for other circumstances. Additionally, applicants must meet academic standards including a minimum high school GPA of 2.0, an ACT score of 16 (to be considered for a need based scholarship) and achieve a 75% or 85% on the ISD or AVEI placement exams.

Eligibility for State Based Aid

DMII maintains Louisiana state approval with the Louisiana Board of Regents to operate as a post-secondary school.

Administrative staff work with the Executive Director to submit necessary documents to the Board of Regents by July 27 of each year.

State based aid includes TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students). Requirements are as follows:

– Minimum High School GPA of 2.50 (GPA computed on core courses only)
– Minimum ACT Score (or SAT Equivalent) of 17 
– Must enroll full time as a first time freshman, by the first semester following the first anniversary of high school graduation
– Be a US citizen or permanent resident
– Meet TOPS Louisiana Residency requirements

To apply for TOPS, first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students who can verify ineligibility for Federal Grants may forgo the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and apply via online application

If you choose not to fill out the FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office on how to apply.

For more information please visit http://www.osfa.la.gov/MainSitePDFs/TOPS_Tech_brochure_8-14.pdf

Veterans Benefits

The Veterans Benefits Administration offers a wide-variety of benefits and services to Veterans. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.

Applying for your VA education benefits can be done in just a few steps:

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Salary Information

Multimedia Artist and Animator

$75,630 is the annual average wage of Multimedia Artists and Animators working in the motion picture and video industries. Theses statistics are from a 2016 US Bureau of Labor report.*

These statistics are national averages and can vary based on many factors such as location. Students should do their own research about their intended market and field.

Computer Developers

$85,680 is the annual average wage of Computer Programmers working in the computer system design and related services industries. Theses statistics are from a 2016 US Bureau of Labor report.**

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