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Accepted Students

Accepted students will be notified of their acceptance via email with an official Acceptance Letter along with an Enrollment Packet which includes the Enrollment Agreement, Physical Examination form, and other important documents.

A Non-Refundable Deposit of $500.00 USD is required to hold the student’s position and is applied towards tuition.
 Payment accepted in check, credit/debit card (administrative fee applies), or wire transfer (transaction fees apply).

If you wish to pay your Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit by credit card or wire transfer, please contact Elizabeth Dow, Admissions and Office Administrator via email at


We are committed to keeping The Playhouse affordable. However, standard rises with inflation may be expected. 

2024 Six Week Summer Intensive

June 3rd, 2024 – July 12th, 2024

Application Fee: $75
Tuition Deposit: $500 
Total Tuition: $4250.00* (this includes the $500.00 non-refundable tuition deposit)
Acting On Pitch Elective: $600

Domestic/Canadian Tuition Deadline: May 1st, 2024 / International Tuition Deadline: April 15th, 2024


September 9, 2024 – May 11, 2025

Application Fee: $75
Non-Refundable Deposit: $500

Total First Year Tuition: $19,000* (this includes the $500.00 non-refundable enrollment deposit)

  • First Semester Tuition payment of $9,250.00 due June 1st, 2024
  • Second Semester Tuition payment of $9,250.00 due December 2nd, 2024

Total Second Year tuition: $19,500* (this includes the $500.00 non-refundable enrollment deposit)

  • First Tuition Payment of $9,500.00 due July 25th, 2024
  • Second Tuition payment of $9,500.00 due December 2nd, 2024

All fees are payable by specified dates before the beginning of each semester. 

*All prices are subject to change.*

*Prices listed for 2024-25 begin March 1st, 2024. Apply by March 1st to lock in 2023-24 rates (First Year and Summer Intensive only).*

Payment of tuition and fees can be made via bank wire transfer, US money order, US Bank check, or credit/debit card (Visa, Master Card, or Discover). The applicant is responsible for all International and local bank and transaction fees applied to their method of payment. Please note all credit/debit transactions incur a 3.5% administrative fee.

Estimated cost of living in New York City during the first year of the Two Year Certificate Program:

Housing: $1250 per month, $11,250 total
Food: $585 per month, $5,265 total
Travel: $127 per month, $1,143 total (cost of Monthly NYC Transit Subway Metrocard)
Course Materials/Books: $400
Total Estimated Living Expenses: $18,058*

*Actual cost of living will vary from student to student.

International Accepted Students:

In addition to the items listed above, International Students will be sent the Foreign Student Information and International Student To Do List forms. The student must fill out the Foreign Student Information form and return it to The Neighborhood Playhouse via email or fax along with their Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment. This form provides the information required by SEVP and US Department of Homeland Security government agencies before the school may issue the I-20 SEVIS form and other documents/instructions needed to initiate the F-1 Student Visa process at the US Embassy in the student’s home country. Click here to visit the Department of Homeland Security's "Study In The States" website for more details. 

Upon receipt of the I-20 SEVIS form stating your SEVIS I.D. number, you must file for Form I-901 online and pay the required fee at The I-901 Form and fee process is NOT conducted through or affiliated with The Neighborhood Playhouse. You should click here to consult the US Immigration & Customs Enforcement website for Form I-901.  There are fees associated with filing this form. The Form I-901 filing fee payment information can be found by clicking here.

Please note: Effective July 31, 2013, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will no longer mail I-797C receipts. The payment confirmation that can be printed from the FMJFEE website ( will replace the I-797C mailed receipt. The payment confirmation can be printed anytime by clicking on the “Check I-901 Status / Print Payment Confirmation” button on ICE website. After entering your SEVIS ID, Last Name, and Date of Birth you will be able to print your payment confirmation.

International students will need the following items along with anything else the US Embassy in your home country requires: I-901 SEVIS fee receipt (I-797C Form), I-20 SEVIS form (issued by the school), a valid passport, birth certificate and proof of finances (bank statements/letters verifying sufficient funds are available to cover the tuition and living expenses, estimated at $2000 per month, for the duration of your program of study in the USA). These items will be submitted to the U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy in the student’s home country to initiate and complete the F-1 Student Visa process required to attend The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and enter the USA.

Canadian citizens have slightly a altered F-1 Student Visa process which may not require appearance at the US Consulate or US Embassy and allows the I-797C Form (I-901 SEVIS fee receipt) to serve in as the required F-1 Student Visa documentation (along with a valid passport and I-20 SEVIS Form from the school) for entry to the USA and its territories.

If you have any questions please contact Anthony Reimer, International Student Affairs, at or (212) 688-3770.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available in the full-time Professional Actor Training program for those who qualify. International students are not eligible, in most cases, for United States Federal Student Aid (TITLE IV loans and grants). Click here to visit out Financial Aid webpage for more detailed information. 

Accreditations, Approvals and Authorizations:

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The school is also approved by New York State Education Department to offer post-secondary training in Dramatic Arts: Acting to provide training to US veterans under Chapter 33 GI BILL and Post 9/11 GI BILL Veterans Benefits as a non-degree granting certificate program. The school meets the eligibility requirements to award federal student aid to qualifying students offered under the US Dept. of Education’s Title IV program. Title IV assistance is available only to U.S. citizens, with very few exceptions. Students interested in applying for financial assistance should notify the school’s Financial Aid Officer of this interest when applying to ensure they begin the application process in a timely and correct manner.

Federal School Code No. 00902900

Available need-based financial aid: Eligible students can receive Pell Grants, Subsidized Direct Loans & Unsubsidized Direct Loans.

Available non need-based financial aid: Eligible students can receive Unsubsidized Direct Loans and Direct PLUS loans. Direct PLUS Loans are available to the parents of eligible students to further aid the education of their children.

How do I apply?
Fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form online at Printed FAFSA forms are can be obtained by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at P.O. Box 84, Washington, DC 20044 or by telephone: 1-800-FED-AID. Hard copy FAFSA forms may also be available at your local library.


Where can I get help regarding my Financial Aid process at the Playhouse?
Contact Anthony Reimer at 212.688.3770 or 
Or call 1-800-FED-AID.

International students seeking private or alternative student aid should investigate sources of aid for study in the USA in their home countries. All students seeking additional private or alternative financial resources (loans, grants, scholarships) in the first year should investigate the plethora of private funding sources.

Return of Title IV (Federal Financial Aid Due to Student Withdrawal)

The return to the Federal Government of Title IV funds not earned by the student due to withdrawal from the program before completion are subject to the Reauthorization Regulations of the U.S. Department of Education . These revised policies affect only the funds that are to be returned to Title IV. Further information in this regard is available to all enrolled students in the Student Handbook, which is distributed at Orientation each year and by clicking here for the Financial Aid section of the website. The student handbook also includes information on the policies governing Dates of Withdrawal and their Determination, policies concerning Leaves of Absence, and the Refund Policy.

Should a student withdraw for any reason while completing less than or equal to than 60% of the scheduled class hours per term, then a designated portion of the Federal Aid awarded to the student must be returned to the USDE. The type(s) and amount(s) of Federal Student aid returned will be according to Federal Regulation. This is determined through R2T4 calculation and is in proportion to the number of class hours the student has completed and the total number of class hours the student was scheduled to complete during the term of withdraw. However, should a student withdraw after completing equal to or more than 61%, no federal student aid is required to be returned.

% of Earned Aid =

# of Class Hours Completed in the Term (Payment Period)


Total # of Class Hours Scheduled in the Term (Payment Period) 

To keep 100% of the aid awarded, this calculation must be greater than or equal to 61%

Gainful Employment (GE) Disclosure Requirements

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is considered a Gainful Employment Program under the Title IV – eligible programs of the U.S. Department of Education. View our complete Gainful Employment Disclosure by clicking this link.

  • OPEID: 00902900.
  • Dept. of Ed CIP: 50.0506
  • Acting Title: 2-Year Program in Dramatic Art
  • Acting Definition: A 2 Year full time program (September to May – Mon to Fri for 70 total weeks) that prepares the actor-in-training for entry into the competitive professional world of Show Business.
  • Level of the Program: 01- Undergraduate Certificate
  • Program Length: 18 months (70 weeks over 2 years)
  • Related Occupations: Actors – Stage, Motion Pictures, Television & Radio; Directors, Entertainers, Agents, Producers, Talent Directors and Drama Teachers.

Special Scholarships and Loan Programs

There are a number of scholarship funds that have been set up by alumni and friends of The Neighborhood Playhouse. 
Criteria are based on a combination of both need and merit. Please click on Please click here for Scholarship information which can be found under the Admissions tab. 

title ix

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits any person in the United States from being discriminated against on the basis of sex in seeking access to any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education, which enforces Title IX, has long defined the meaning of Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination broadly to include various forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence that interfere with a student’s ability to equally access our educational programs and opportunities.

Title IX states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 85 Fed. Reg. 30026 (May 19, 2020), (“Final Rule”) that:

● Defines the meaning of “sexual harassment” (which includes forms of sex-based violence)
● Addresses how the University must respond to reports of misconduct falling within that definition of sexual harassment, and
● Mandates a grievance process that the University must follow in these specific covered cases before issuing a disciplinary sanction against a person accused of sexual harassment.

Based on the Final Rule, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre has implemented the following Title IX Grievance Policy, effective August 14, 2020.

If you believe you have been a victim of discriminatory harassment, relationship violence, or prohibited conduct by another Neighborhood Playhouse student, faculty or staff member, you may file a complaint through the Title IX Coordinator and/or local law enforcement. These reporting options are not mutually exclusive. Both internal and criminal reports may be made simultaneously.

Please complete and email the Title IX Complaint Form to the Title IX Coordinator.