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Student Resources

scholarships & aid

To fulfill our mission DMI 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 DMI.

For any additional question regarding Financial Aid please contact Rhonda Rogers at 318-213-0164 or rrogers@dmi.edu.

Tuition

DMI has a need blind admissions process and offers a comprehensive set of student aid, scholarships and payment plan options that make attending possible for anyone eligible.

Eligibility info

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

  • Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States and 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.

DMI 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 click here.

DMI offers internal merit based scholarships for those who submit a portfolio. DMI also offers an additional need based Scholarship for Worthy Students. DMI 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 Game Development or Digital Animation & VFX placement exams.

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Salary Information

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.

Multimedia Artist & Animator

Multimedia Artist & 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.*

Computer Developers

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.**

Graphic Designers

Graphic Designer

A designer with medium experience earns between $45,000 and $55,000 in the US on average working in the graphic design related services industries.