The Culinary Institute of America

  • College Value

    Use our list to determine the value of your culinary college investment

    Look for a clear description of tuition and other education expenses as an indicator of institutional quality and integrity.

    • The CIA believes prospective students should be fully informed about education costs, and we provide CIA cost information on our website and in our financial aid brochure and college catalog.

    You are investing in higher education. Superior value ultimately means superior career potential. Choose the educational program that gives you industry access to maximize your career opportunity.

    • You might think CIA excellence costs more, but it doesn't. Our costs are competitive with similar institutions, but our results set us apart. Your CIA education will give you the skills, knowledge, and industry connections that will make all the difference throughout your career.

    Look for professional, experienced financial aid advisors that are ready to address your needs.

    • The staff in the CIA's Student Financial & Registration Services Office has 100+ years of combined financial aid experience. They understand how overwhelming the process can seem at first. Our advisors will help you obtain all the aid you are entitled to in a caring and professional manner.

    Look for the availability of college scholarships to supplement federal and state programs.

    • The CIA offers a full range of need, merit, and loan aid options to those who qualify. Some are available at the time you enroll. Others are available once you're a CIA student. About 90% of CIA students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.

    Select a program that provides continuing support for each year of study, not just the first year.

    • Be careful when evaluating financial aid awards from various schools. Some may offer an attractive, one-time aid package that applies only to the first year. At the CIA, we will make every effort to keep your aid at the same level each year, given your financial situation doesn't change significantly and you meet applicable academic requirements.

    Final Thoughts:

    • The Culinary Institute of America is dedicated to providing the world’s best professional culinary education for its students. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about us to see if we're the best fit for your career goals. Browse our website and talk with our graduates. Participate in our online chats, or sign up for a regional reception. Better yet, visit any of our campuses and catch the energy and excitement of the CIA! If food is your passion, the CIA is your proven path to an exciting career in the amazing world of food.