The Culinary Institute of America

  • How to Apply for Financial Aid

    We know the process for securing aid can be confusing at first. We're here to guide you through the financial planning process, from your very first question all the way to graduation.

    Step 1: Apply for admission to the CIA.

    Step 2: Apply for financial aid.

    All United States citizens should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The CIA's federal code is 007304. When you have received a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processing center, you'll know that your application has been processed and the review procedure can begin. The CIA's Financial Aid Office may request additional documentation, such as copies of your and/or your parents' IRS federal tax transcripts. Learn more about verification >

    The FAFSA becomes available in January for the upcoming academic year. You should file your FAFSA at least five-six months prior to the CIA enrollment season for which you are applying. If desired, contact the Financial Aid Office to be sure of filing the appropriate forms for your entry date.


    Upon completion of the financial aid forms and receipt of the requested documentation, the CIA will develop an aid package consisting of any federal and institutional funds you qualify for. This package is usually sent to you two-four months prior to the enrollment season for which you applied. If you have any questions along the way, we'll help you find the answers. Our staff is just a phone call (845-451-1243) or an e-mail (SFRS@culinary.edu) away.

    Learn more about the Types of Financial Aid available to CIA students.

    Watch our How-To-Videos! We've created a series of short, step-by-step videos to guide you through the FAFSA process. They'll tell you what information you need to know, answer common questions, and provide you with useful tips. Watch now!

    Are you in a unique situation that affects your FAFSA? Are you a ward of the court or a foster child? Here are some tips on how to file the FAFSA.

    Step 3: Check into other financial aid programs available.

    In addition to what is in your financial aid package, you should be exploring other forms of aid. We can point you in the right direction to locate external funding opportunities, including External Scholarships and Alternative Loans.

    Step 4: Review the costs.

    Check out our Tuition & Fees to learn about the costs for your program.

    Aid Suspension Due to Drug Conviction
    The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, suspends financial aid eligibility for students who have been convicted under federal or state law of the sale or possession of drugs, if the offense occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student aid.

    If you have a conviction for this offense, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 to find out how this law applies to you.

    If you have lost your federal student aid eligibility because of a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility by successfully completing a qualified drug rehabilitation program or passing two unannounced drug tests administered by such a program.

    You may also regain your eligibility if your conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from your record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on your record.

  • Financial Aid Questions
  • Student Financial & Registration Services

    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-14999

    845-451-1500

    SFRS@culinary.edu