Applying to Gnomon

I just want to take a couple of classes. Do I need to submit an application?
No—applications are only required for students who wish to pursue full-time programs, including our 2-year Digital Production for Entertainment and 3-year Entertainment Design and Digital Production programs. Individual courses are open for registration. You can view the registration opportunities for each term on our academic calendar.
How do I know if my portfolio is good enough to apply?
Our Admissions team is available to conduct preliminary portfolio reviews to help you determine if you’re ready to apply. You are welcome to give us a call to schedule an appointment, or send an email to admissions@gnomon.edu to get started. You can also start by reviewing our portfolio guidelines.
I’m still working on my portfolio. When should I submit my application?
You do not need to submit your portfolio at the same time as the application itself. If you are planning to apply for an upcoming term, we recommend submitting your online application first—once received, you’ll be given a login to our student portal to review your other missing/received items and documents. Please bear in mind that space in each term is limited, so it’s recommended that you apply with plenty of time before the posted deadline. You can review our term dates and deadlines on our academic calendar.
How long does it take to find out if I’ve been accepted?
Gnomon operates on a rolling admissions system, and internal reviews are conducted year-round. Once all application materials and requirements have been received and completed, we will conduct our review and contact you with a result within one to three weeks.
What can I expect in the interview?
The interview exists to ensure you’re an appropriate fit for Gnomon. We’re seeking candidates who are researched about their industry, passionate, creative, and dedicated to success.
Can I transfer classes in from another school?
Students who have earned college credits from other institutions can be reviewed for credit. Whether or not credits are transferrable depends on which courses were taken and performance in each.
Do individual classes offer certificates?
No- certificates are only awarded upon graduation from a full-time program at Gnomon. You can, however, request a transcript upon completion of your class.
Does Gnomon offer housing?
We do not offer on-campus housing, but can assist you with finding housing or student roommates in the Los Angeles area. You are welcome to contact our Admissions department for assistance at admissions@gnomon.edu.
Will I be able to work while attending Gnomon?
Due to the advanced nature of our courses and programs and high volume of projects and homework, it is recommended that full-time students focus primarily on their studies while attending.
When can I visit campus?
We offer a monthly Open House, which is a great opportunity to tour our campus, speak with Admissions representatives, and learn more about the Entertainment industry and our educational options. You can view our open house schedule for more details. If you are unable to attend, you can set up a personal tour and appointment by contact our Admissions department at admissions@gnomon.edu, or by calling during business hours.

Academic Documents

What does “official transcript” mean?

A transcript is official if it bears the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution and is sent directly by the school or college to the Admissions office or sealed in a school or college envelope and mailed or delivered to Admissions by you. If you open the envelope, the transcript is no longer official. Gnomon also accepts electronic transcript submission.

Records from schools abroad must be originals, official, and in the native language, accompanied by official English translations.

I’ve already sent my transcripts to Gnomon. Do I need to send a new copy each time I apply?
The Admissions office will keep transcripts and other credentials it receives for one calendar year.
What if I cannot fulfill the high school requirement with the documents I possess?
Please visit the American Council on Education website for information about General Equivalency Diploma testing.

Financial Aid

I think I might need financial aid. How do I know if I’m eligible?

Gnomon is authorized by the government to offer financial aid to those who qualify. At Gnomon, federal financial aid is only available to students accepted and enrolled into full-time programs.

For students registering for individual and/or online courses, federal assistance is not available. A private education loan may be an alternative for financial assistance. For more information about an education loan, email: finaid@gnomon.edu.

All students interested in seeking federal financial assistance should complete the Free Application for Federal Assistance (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Include Gnomon’s School Code of 040764 so that it is sent to us for review.

Which programs at Gnomon are eligible for Federal Financial Aid?

Gnomon offers two programs that are eligible for financial aid:

  1. Digital Production for Entertainment
  2. Entertainment Design for Digital Production
What are the different types of financial aid available?
Gnomon offers Federal Pell Grants, Work-Study, Direct Loans and/or Parent PLUS Loans to students who qualify.
I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?
Yes. Many families mistakenly think they don’t qualify and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply. In addition, there are a few sources of aid such as Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans and PLUS loans that are available regardless of need. The FAFSA application is free so it doesn’t hurt to apply.
Will my parents’ income affect my financial aid?

When you complete the FAFSA, you will answer questions that determine dependency status. If you are considered dependent, you will be required to enter your parents’ tax information for consideration.

For more information on dependency status, click here.

If your answers determine that you are independent, you will not be asked for your parents’ information.

What is the difference between government loans and private loans?

Federal student loans include many benefits such as fixed interest rates and various repayment plans not typically offered with private loans. In contrast, private loans are credit-based and generally more expensive than federal student loans because of higher interest rates.

Detailed information about these differences can be found here.

How do I complete my FAFSA?

To prepare for the FAFSA, please watch this short video.

When you are ready, go to fafsa.ed.gov to complete the FAFSA online.

When should I apply?

A new Financial Aid award year begins each July and covers Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. You must renew your FAFSA every year. You can apply or renew as early as January of each year, but we recommend that you complete your taxes for the prior year before doing so. To receive maximum consideration for aid, it is best to complete the FAFSA at least eight weeks prior to the start date of the term you wish to enter.

For this QuarterApply By
Fall 2016: October 10thAugust 2016
Winter 2017: January 9thOctober 2016
Spring 2017: April 10thJanuary 2017
Summer 2017: July 10thApril 2017

For the best results, apply after you file income taxes so that FAFSA can verify tax information.

In order to receive financial aid do I have to apply every year?
Yes. In order to receive federal aid from year to year, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The FAFSA covers the time between July 1st of one year to June 30th of the next. You can file the FAFSA starting in the month of January of the year you want to apply for. If necessary, you may estimate your taxes to complete the form, but we recommend waiting until you’ve completed your taxes.
When will I find out about how much financial aid I will be receiving?
The first step is completing the (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov. Our school code is 040764. Once we receive the FAFSA, we can create an estimate for your entire program within a day or two. From there, we will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your options. You can even do this before you apply for admissions. Just give us a call when you have the FAFSA completed and we can get started.
Will the financial aid offered at one school transfer to another school?
Not necessarily. Federal financial aid does transfer from school to school. Students planning to transfer to another school should contact the Financial Aid Office at both schools to find out what is required.
If I have outstanding loans, what is the likelihood of getting more aid?

It depends. The government limits the amount of aid students can receive in federal loans so that you don’t incur too much debt. As long as you have not defaulted on your previous loans, the total maximum the government will consider lending you as a student is:

DependentUp to $31,000
IndependentUp to $57,500
I am not a U.S. Citizen, will I qualify for financial aid?
If you are an eligible non-citizen with an Alien Registration number you could qualify for financial aid. Generally, if you have a “green card” (in other words, if you are a permanent resident alien), you will be considered an “eligible noncitizen” and will be able to get federal student aid if you meet the other basic eligibility criteria. Full details of the immigration status that qualifies you as an eligible noncitizen are listed here for Non U.S. Citizens.
Will financial aid cover the cost of living while I attend Gnomon?
Federal financial aid may help with living expenses. For those students who are determined to be dependent, the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan is a good option. For independent students, a private education loan would be the best option. For more information contact finaid@gnomon.edu.
What private loans are available to me?
Prior to considering a private loan, the Financial Aid office will first apply any federal funding you may be eligible for. Beyond that, our Financial Aid Office may counsel students on the Career Training loan from Sallie Mae. This loan is used to help make up the gap between Financial Aid and the total cost of attending Gnomon, including estimated living expenses. Unlike federal loans, approval for a Sallie Mae is based on your personal credit history. You may have a better chance of securing a lower interest rate with a credit-worthy co-signer.
Does Gnomon provide or accept scholarships?
While there are many financial options to assist you at Gnomon, we do not currently offer institutional scholarships. However, Gnomon will accept scholarship funds provided from other sources. Please contact your scholarship provider for more information.
Who can I call for more information regarding Financial Aid at Gnomon?
Begin with Gnomon’s Financial Aid Office. Contact us at (323) 466-6663 or by email at finaid@gnomon.edu. You will be directed accordingly from there. The Financial Aid Office is open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 6pm; however, additional days and times may be available by appointment.
What happens if I withdraw from school?
That depends on when you withdraw. You have the ability to withdraw anytime during the first seven days of any term without penalty. If you withdraw during the first six weeks of a quarter, we are required to prorate your charges and financial aid and send back any funds that are considered ‘unearned.’ If you withdraw between terms, there is no refund. In addition, you must complete an Exit Interview as part of your obligation to the federal government. During the Exit Interview, the Financial Aid Office will advise you who to repay and what to expect in repayment status. Usually students have a 6 month grace period before repayment begins. You will hear from a loan servicer (an agency that the government has assigned to service your loan) within 6 months after you withdraw.
Helpful Links:

FAFSA http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Federal Student Aid by the Department of Education http://studentaid.ed.gov/

finaid@gnomon.edu