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The Film Center’s Payment Plan program allows individuals to enroll in multi-session classes with a 50% deposit made at the time of registration. The remaining 50% is due roughly 30 days after the class begins.

Payment Plans are only available for classes that meet for more than 5 sessions and a credit card is required to guarantee the second payment. The option to utilize the Payment Plan will appear during the checkout process.

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Tuition Assistance for Adult Students supports student participation in one class at the Northwest Film Center and is designed for both new and returning students who have demonstrated both high interest in learning filmmaking and significant financial need. High interest may be indicated in terms of future goals, both creative and professional. Significant financial need means that it would be impossible for a student to participate without financial support. We highly encourage women, queer/trans and BIPOC applicants.

To apply:

Send the following documents as attachments (within the body of the email will not be accepted) via email to with the subject line “Tuition Assistance Application”.

  • A letter of interest (1-page maximum) that outlines your goals, needs, and which specific class you’d like to take, and why.
  • Your resume (2-page maximum) with relevant experience, work, and education. If you come from another arts discipline, feel free to also include a link to your portfolio or website.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. Awards will be dependent on the class selected, need, and availability of funds.



Families with a child or teen interested in the media arts and with significant financial need may request partial or full tuition assistance. Significant need means that it would be impossible for the student to participate in a Camp or Class if tuition and fees are not substantially reduced (please indicate this clearly in your application). There is no deadline and assistance is awarded on a rolling basis. One application (for one child) per family, please. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received tuition assistance previously.

Fill out the General Tuition Assistance Application Form Online 



The David King Scholarship provides $1,000 in tuition support for a student who demonstrates a high level of commitment to their studies and whose work shows a special talent for wit and wisdom.

To be eligible: You must have successfully completed two or more courses at the Northwest Film Center and be in good academic and financial standing. Enrollment in Certificate Program not required, but qualified Certificate Students may receive priority.

We are currently accepting applications. Guidelines and application instructions can be found here.


The Frank Hood Scholarship provides $500 in tuition support for our Summer Teen Filmmaking Intensive Session I  and Summer Teen Filmmaking Intensive Session II.

Priority is given to those whose career and/or college goals include working in film.


The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.