Franco graduated from UCLA. He then simultaneously attended Columbia University's MFA writing program, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts filmmaking program, and Brooklyn College for fiction. While studying at these three schools in NYC, he'd occasionally commute to North Carolina to take poetry classes at Warren Wilson College. He also pursued a PhD in English from Yale University -- though he wasn't a fan of their school newspaper. Word is he also got into RISD and the University of Houston.