2309 Silver Star Road
Orlando, FL 32804

Phone: (407) 316-8310
Toll Free: (888) 9FIRST1

Admissions

  • Requirements for Admission

    Applicants need not have previous experience, but a strong desire to work in the field of choice is necessary. They should also possess basic computer and Internet skills, as well as high school level English speaking and reading abilities.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSIDERATION INCLUDE:

    • Proof of high school diploma or equivalent
    • If under 18, must be at least 16 years of age and provide written consent of a parent or guardian
    • Completed interview with an Admissions Representative
    • Submit completed Application

    Apply Online and submit your application today!* 

    *Because of the number of applications we receive, meeting these minimum requirements does not always guarantee admission.

    Apply in 3 Steps

    1. Request Information

    Call 407.316.8310 or toll-free 888.9FIRST1
    ​From 9am - 6pm, Monday - Friday

    Fill out the Request Free Info form on the Contact Us page

     

    2. Schedule A Tour

    Contact your Admissions Representative to schedule a campus or virtual tour which will provide additional information regarding campus, programs, and career information. Interviews and tours are available by appointment either in person or online.

    3. Apply Online

    Submit your Application Online  to F.I.R.S.T. Institute, along with a non-refundable application fee of $35.00. Those exhibiting the passion, dedication, motivation, and determination necessary for this field will be accepted into their program of choice.

    Federal Student Aid

    Students enrolled in programs at F.I.R.S.T. Institute may apply for Federal Financial Aid assistance. The first step in the process is completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which is used to apply for Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Parent PLUS Loans, the two options available at F.I.R.S.T. Institute.

    The FAFSA may be completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov using school code: G41976.

    Independent students may be eligible to receive a loan that will cover the tuition cost. Since F.I.R.S.T. Institute programs are less than 900 clock hours, this award amount is calculated using a formula directly from the Department of Education which determines a proration based on program hours. Dependent students may qualify for a Direct Parent PLUS Loan which would cover the full tuition amount.

    Our Net Price Calculator can provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.
    *Net Price = Estimated cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, etc.)  -  Estimated grant and scholarship aid 

    Visit the Downloads section of the website for the following information: Security & Fire Safety Report, Drug & Alcohol Abuse Policy, Consumer Information, Outcomes and Statistics, Gainful Employment for Audio Engineering & Music Production, Gainful Employment for Film & Video Production. 

    Contact our Financial Aid Office at 407.316.8310, Option 3, for more information or further assistance.

    Fund Disbursements

    Federal financial aid is paid directly to F.I.R.S.T. Institute by electronic funds transfer in two disbursements. Students, and parents as applicable, will receive disbursement notices as funds are received by F.I.R.S.T. Institute and credited to the student’s school account.

    Disbursement #1 - Occurs after all requested documentation is completed, submitted, and approved by the Financial Aid Office and the student begins class.*

    Disbursement #2 - Occurs after the student has completed one-half of the academic year and it is verified they are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    *A thirty (30) day delayed disbursement is required on first disbursements of Stafford Loan funds for first-time borrowers.

    Students selected for verification must complete the verification process before funds are disbursed.

    Rights and Responsibilities

    http://www.direct.ed.gov/student.html

    All students receiving federal financial aid have the following RIGHTS:
    1. Pre-payment of the loan without penalty
    2. Apply for deferment or forbearance, if meet eligibility requirements
    3. Ability to cancel or reduce loan, but only under certain specific circumstances
    a. Borrower dies or becomes totally and permanently disabled
    b. Borrower files for bankruptcy — this cancellation is rare and only occurs if a bankruptcy court rules that repayment would cause
       undue hardship
    c. Borrower works in certain designated public school service professions
    d. School closes before borrower could complete program
    e. School owes lender a refund, forged borrower’s signature on a promissory note, or certified loan even though borrower didn’t have
       the ability to benefit from the course work (Direct Stafford Loans only) 

    All students receiving federal financial aid must fulfill the following RESPONSIBILITIES:
    1. Complete Entrance Counseling (for first time Stafford Loan borrowers)
    2. Attend Exit Counseling (for Stafford Loan borrowers)
    3. Repay the loan, including accrued interest and fees
    4. Notify the lender within ten (10) days of personal changes, including a change of school status
    5. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (Grade = 70% or higher, Attendance = 80% or higher)

    Contact our Financial Aid Office for details on how to regain eligibility should a student fail to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    DIRECT SUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN

    http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized

    Details:

    - Need based
    - Federal government pays interest that accrues while student's in school, during grace period, and periods of authorizeddeferments
    - Loan origination fee will be assessed
    - Repayment begins following a six month grace period
    - Grace period of six (6) months will begin after enrollment ceases or student drops below half-time
    - Minimum monthly payment is $50 per month
    - Standard repayment period is ten (10) years

    How To Apply:

    - Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    - Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
    - Complete Entrance Counseling (if first time Stafford Loan borrower)
    - Attend Exit Counseling

    DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN

    http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized

    Details:
    - Non-need based
    - Borrower is responsible for interest that accrues while student is in school, during grace period, and periods of authorized deferments
    - Loan origination fee will be assessed
    - Repayment begins following a six month grace period
    - Grace period of six (6) months will begin after enrollment ceases or student drops below half-time
    - Minimum monthly payment is $50 per month
    - Standard repayment period is ten (10) years

    To apply:
    - Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    - Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
    - Complete Entrance Counseling (if first time Stafford Loan borrower)
    - Attend Exit Counseling

    FEDERAL PARENT PLUS LOAN

    http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus

    Details:
    - Parent of an enrolled student may apply
    - Non-need based
    - Credit-worthy parent of dependent student secures loan from a lending institution such as a bank, credit union, or any other
      participating lending institution
    - Dependency status is determined using the FAFSA
    - Parent borrower is responsible for interest that accrues
    - Parent borrower is responsible for repayment
    - Loan origination fee will be assessed
    - Repayment begins within sixty (60) days of the final loan disbursement
    - Parents may make a request to lender to defer payments while student is enrolled - provided the student is enrolled at least half-time
    - Minimum monthly payment is $50 per month
    - Standard repayment period is ten (10) years

    To apply:
    - Provide required information on dependent student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    - Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
    - If parent is denied a Federal PLUS Loan, the student will be allowed the loan limits applicable to an independent student under the
       Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program

    NSLDS

    All Federal student loans obtained by a student or parent are reported to and tracked on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS loan records are accessible to all authorized NSLDS users, including schools, student loan guaranty agencies, lenders, federal agencies, and other authorized users.

    Alternative and private education loan information is not reported to NSLDS.

    Student and parent loan borrowers may view their federal loan information by entering their federal PIN at www.nslds.ed.gov

    For more information regarding NSLDS, the information they collect, how the information is used, and who is authorized to view the information please visit www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/public/SaFaq.do

    Military Benefits

    F.I.R.S.T. Institute is honored to welcome its military student population, including those on Active Duty, members of the Reserve or National Guard, Veterans, and their spouses and dependents.

    Those eligible for VA benefits may apply them to their training by supplying a Certificate of Eligibility to their Admissions Representative as soon as possible after gaining acceptance into their program of choice.

    VA benefits currently accepted at F.I.R.S.T. Insitute include:

    • Montgomery GI Bill
    • Post 9/11 GI Bill

    Find out more by contacting your local VA Office or by visiting http://www.va.gov

    Tuition and Financial Aid

    F.I.R.S.T. Institute offers a variety of different financial aid options to suit anyone’s need and is available to those who qualify. Once accepted into a program at F.I.R.S.T. Institute, a Financial Aid Advisor will be assigned to work with each student and help them with their tuition planning.

    A non-refundable application fee of $35.00 is required when submitting an Application for Acceptance.

    TUITION

    RECORDING ARTS AND SHOW PRODUCTION

    $13,950 - Tuition
    $35 - Application Fee (non-refundable)
    $13,985 - Total for Program

    DIGITAL FILMMAKING & VIDEO PRODUCTION

    $13,950 - Tuition
    $35 - Application Fee (non-refundable)
    $13,985 - Total for Program

    GRAPHIC DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT 

    $13,950 - Tuition
    $35 - Application Fee (non-refundable)
    $13,985 - Total for Program

    ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

    RECORDING ARTS AND SHOW PRODUCTION
    1. Small USB 2.0 Drive, Min. 8 GB
    2. Spindles of CD+Rs 
    3. Over-the-ear headphones *Absolutely NO earbuds
    4. If headphones do not already come with adapter, purchase 1/8”- 1/4” headphone adapter

    DIGITAL FILMMAKING & VIDEO PRODUCTION
    1. Hard Drive, 1TB
    2. Small USB 2.0 Drive, Minimum 8 GB
    3. Over-the-ear headphones *Absolutely NO earbuds
    4. If headphones do not already come with adapter, purchase 1/8”- 1/4” headphone adapter

    GRAPHIC DESIGN & WEB DEVELOPMENT 

    1. Graphite Pencils & Sketchpad
    2. Small USB 2.0 Drive, Minimum 16 GB
    3. SD Card, Minimum 16GB
    4. Ultra Fine Tip Sharpies (black)
    5. Graph Paper
    6. Typographic Ruler
    7. Sharpie Calligraphy Pens (2mm, 3.5mm, and 5mm)

     

    GENERAL PAYMENT OPTIONS

    Self Payment

    Tuition is paid-in-full no later than 30 days prior to the student’s scheduled program start date. Paying in full guarantees a seat in the upcoming programs being offered.

    Tuition Options

    This program offers low monthly payments and low interest.

    F.I.R.S.T. Institute

    Two installment plans are available directly through the school:

    • Three (3) Installments - 0% interest
    • Ten (10) Installments - Plus additional $300.00 processing fee

    Other

    Qualified students may also obtain funds from VA, Vocational Rehab, Private Loans, and Private Grants (not FSA).

    Combinations

    Payment plans may be combined or customized based on individual needs and limitations.