• Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney


    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak


    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.


Student Loans

A loan is a financial aid award that must be repaid with interest. Federal Loans are a form of need-based aid, meaning they are offered based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Direct Loans // Parent Loans // Private Loans

Direct Stafford Loan

1.    Minimum half-time enrollment
2.    US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens who submit a FAFSA (Subsidized is for Undergraduate only and depends upon financial need.)

For the upcoming academic year, it is recommended that all items requested by the Financial Aid Office be submitted by June 15, in order to be processed in time for the beginning of the school year. All loan requests must be received no later than the last day of the semester in which the funds are being requested.

1.    FAFSA (with OTIS listed)
2.    Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note & Entrance Counseling (online)


Grade Level Base Stafford Amount Dependent Undergrad Unsubsidized Independent Undergrad Unsubsidized Graduate Students
Freshman (0-29 units) $3,500 $2,000 $6,000 $20,500 Unsub
Sophomore (30-62 units) $4,500 $2,000 $6,000

$20,500 Unsub

(63-95 units)
$5,500 $2,000 $7,000  
(96-130 units)
$5,500 $2,000 $7,000  

Yes, with a yearly completion of the FAFSA. Once you sign your Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and receive your loan funds, your MPN will be valid for ten years.

A loan funded by the U.S. Department of Education that must be repaid with interest. Amount determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and your grade level.

1.    3.76 % for Undergraduate Direct loans with a first disbursement between July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
2.    Subsidized loans have no interest while in school or during the 6 month grace period.
3.    Interest on unsubsidized loans begins to accrue as of the date funds are disbursed.
4.    Origination fee: For loans with a first disbursement after July 1, 2015 - 1.068% of loan amount.

Once students complete the FAFSA and submit all other requested paperwork, the Financial Aid Office will determine whether student is eligible to receive subsidized or unsubsidized funding. The Financial Aid Office will contact the student regarding loan eligibility.

Federal Loans Terms & Conditions

Direct Parent/Grad PLUS Loan

Parent Plus: Credit-based, non-need loan for parents of dependent students who are enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree program. The student and parents must be either U.S. Citizens, or eligible non-citizens with a U.S. address. Student and parents must complete a current year FAFSA (with OTIS listed).

Grad Plus: Credit-based, non-need loan for graduate students. Students must be either a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen with a US address. Students must complete a current year FAFSA (with OTIS listed)

For the upcoming academic year, it is recommended for all items requested by the Financial Aid Office to be submitted by June 15th in order to be processed in time for the beginning of the school year. All loan requests must be received no later than the last day of the semester in which the funds are being requested in order to be processed.

1.    Complete the application online via the website by clicking on "Apply for a  PLUS Loan" (parents must log-in with their FSA ID)
2.     If approved, complete the Plus Master Promissory Note also found at

Up to Cost of Attendance minus other financial aid.
Please note: if a parent is denied a Parent PLUS Loan based on their credit, your student becomes eligible for the Independent student Unsubsidzed Loan amount.
Parents with adverse credit history may still be approved if they are able to document extenuating circumstances or obtain an endorser.

No, students must re-apply each academic year.

Loan Change Form - If you would like to increase or decrease your loan amounts.

1.    The Parent (or Grad) PLUS Loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.31% for Parent PLUS Loans with a first disbursement between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
2.    The Parent (or Grad) PLUS Loan origination fee: For loans with a first disbursement between July 1, 2016 and June 30,2017 - 4.272% of loan amount.

No, students must re-apply each academic year.

To learn more about the Direct Parent PLUS Loan program please visit the Department of Education website.

Federal Perkins Loan

Based on financial need and availability of funds.

Priority given to earliest applicants with a completed FAFSA.

1.    FAFSA (online)
2.    Complete financial aid file with OTIS Financial Aid Office.
3.    Once students complete the FAFSA and submit all other paperwork requested by the Financial Aid Office, the Financial Aid Office and will determine Perkins Loan eligibility. If eligible, the student will be notified by the Financial Aid Office.

1.    Up to $2,000 per academic year for new students.

As funds are available.

The Federal Perkins Loan is a campus-based federal loan awarded by the Financial Aid Office to undergraduate students.

The Federal Perkins Loan is subsidized and has an interest rate of 5%.

Begins nine months after graduating or dropping below half-time status.

Curious about federal loans? Here are some suggested steps for acquiring federal loans.


Private Student Loan

Borrower must be a US Citizen, eligible non-citizen, or an international student with a U.S. Citizen Cosigner (varies per lender). Both eligible non-citizens and international students need to have a current address in the United States.

Private loans are certified throughout the school year. It is recommended that you submit your loan application to your lender no later than a month before the last day of the semester for which you are requesting funds. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

1.    Choose Your Lender and Complete Your Application (online)*
* note: Students have the right to select the education loan provider of their choice and are not required to use any of the current lenders listed in the OTIS FastChoice Tool.

Minimum loan amounts vary per lender. Maximum loan amounts are determined by subtracting all of a student's financial aid from their cost of attendance for the academic year.
Funds are disbursed by the lender on a per semester basis unless othewise noted by the student (either in writing to the Financial Aid Office or via their online loan application).

No, Must re-apply annually.

Varies according to lender and applicant credit score.

Criteria for approval varies per lender. However, unless you are steadily employed, earn at least $12,000 a year, and have a stable credit history with a good FICO score (over 700), you will more than likely need a cosigner in order to be approved for a private student loan.

To read our recommended steps to receiving Private Loans, please click here.

AB 721 Disclosure of Student Loan Data

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