University description (as per official university website)
Founded by Kim Dawson and Kathy Tyner, KD Studio began operation in April 1979 with the approval of the Texas Education Agency. The initial program consisted of advanced professional workshops for experienced actors. However, it quickly became apparent that there was also a growing need for high-quality, hands-on training for beginning actors. This consequently lead to the creation of the very successful Career Acting Program offered today by KD Studio Actors Conservatory.
In 1985 the school obtained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and in June of the following year, was approved by the Texas Education Agency to award an Associate of Applied Arts Degree. A decision was later made by the Administration and Board of Directors that the student body of KD Studio would be better served by changing to a more specialized accreditation. Consequently, in 1988, KD Studio was accredited through the National Association of Schools of Theatre. In 1993 the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved KD Studio as a post-secondary degree granting institution. Following a 2001-2002 site visit by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board the AAA degree in Acting Performance received an exemplary rating.
The student enrollment at K D Studio was 102 in 2007 (102 full-time equivalent).
About 58% of the freshmen class in 2007 was male and women were 42% of the class.
Undergrads are 100% of enrolled students.
Students living in the US make up 100% of incoming freshmen.
Financial aid is available to the students enrolled in the 15-Month Acting Performance Program.
Students may be awarded a Pell Grant based on their financial need as determined by the U. S. Department of Education. The amount of the grant is determined on the basis of information submitted in the Application for Federal Student Financial Aid. Qualifying students may be awarded a full or partial grant. Unlike student loans, a Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.
There are two types of Stafford Student Loans which students can apply for: Subsidized and Unsubsidized, both of which must be repaid.
Payments on the principal amount borrowed and interest on Subsidized Stafford Loans begin six (6) months after the student leaves school. If the student completes the course of study, payments begin six months after graduation. If the student fails to complete school, payments begin six months after the last day of attendance.
Parent (PLUS) Loans
Unlike the Stafford Loans which are taken out by the student, the Parent PLUS Loan is available to parents to assist with funding their dependent s education. Interest begins accumulating at the time the first check is disbursed and repayment of the Parent PLUS Loan must begin within thirty days after the second check is issued. The PLUS loan offers parents an alternative funding source for their dependent's education as payments on this loan cannot be deferred until the student is no longer in school.