On your own. It’s common for people to spend a certain amount of time working and saving money in order to pay for their education without using loans. Saving up is an alternative for people who can’t qualify for bank loans, scholarships or financial aid.
Some people also use the financial help of people within their family in order to find funds that they don’t have access to.
Bank Loans. Student loans are widely used by students because of their availability and the payment options. Bank loans can be a handicap for students once they have graduated because of the difficulties linked to finding pay work and making payments to reimburse their debts.
Scholarships. Some schools offers scholarship to students under certain requirements. They generally help to lower the tuition cost however some can cover all tuition related costs.
Financial Aid. It’s generally offered to students though government initiatives. It can be merit-based or need-based. It’s often in the form of a loan and/or a grant and will likely not cover all the costs. In most case it is similar to a bank loan with very low interest rate. Financial aid is often only available to those who fit the eligibility requirements.
Credit. Some students use their credit card to absorb the cost of their tuition. Many credit cards have much higher interest rates, which may complicate repayment while in film school or after graduation when looking for work.