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Payment Options

The Clayton State University Film and Digital Media Center, which is part of the Center for Continuing and Professional Education, does not offer degree-seeking credit. Therefore, we are unable to process traditional forms of financial aid such as the HOPE Grant or Scholarships, the Pell Grant, etc.  You do not need to complete a FAFSA form for programs in the Film and Digital Media Center.

However, many students have found financial assistance via the following:

Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans

Smart Option Loans for Continuing Education is available through Sallie Mae. Apply with no obligation at: ;

When applying, applicants should indicate the following:   

School code/branch:  008976-97 
For more information, call 1-888-272-5543 


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federal grant that covers training expenses for individuals who have been laid off from employment, or whose household income is at or below the federal poverty level. To apply for the WIOA Grant, contact the One-Stop Workforce Center for the county in which you reside, or the county where you worked when you were laid off from employment. The web address is:

Currently, WIOA is available only for students in the Georgia Film Academy Certificate program. 

The WIOA application process takes several weeks, so please do not delay in getting started!  Once you have begun the WIOA grant approval process, please have your career advisor contact the Film and Digital Media Center for a general letter of eligibility that will detail the GFA program.  This letter does not guarantee a seat in the program. If WIOA determines that you qualify for their assistance, FDMC will submit a specific letter of enrollment that will detail the time and date of the course in which you intend to enroll. WIOA will then issue you a tuition voucher.  A copy of that voucher must be submitted to both FDMC and Continuing and Professional Education before we can complete your enrollment.