The Culinary Institute of America

  • Meal Plans

    When a CIA student sits down for a meal, they’re not just eating—they’re learning to be better chefs. We want our students to try new foods, taste new flavors, and broaden their perceptions of the culinary world. Freshmen are encouraged to dine in the production kitchens of their classmates—exploring the cuisines of Asia, the Mediterranean, the Americas, and more. And as they progress through our program, upper classmen are given greater flexibility to choose from among the CIA’s many dining options.

    Additional Meals
    The CIA’s standard meal plan is mandatory for all students and is included in the cost of tuition. It provides the points equivalent of two meals per day on scheduled class days. If you’d like to consider additional meals for weekday or weekend use, select the appropriate form to learn more:


    Culinary Cash

    Along with meals covered by the board fee, the college offers students the opportunity to purchase Culinary Cash. A minimum cash deposit in the amount of $25 is all that is needed to get started in the Culinary Cash program. Culinary Cash is mandatory for all students who wish to print any material from the student computer labs. The Culinary Cash program gives students the convenience, flexibility, and security of cash-free transactions by enabling them to use their CIA Student ID like a debit card at selected sites on campus. Participating locations include the Apple Pie Bakery Café, Plaza Café, American Bounty Restaurant, The Bocuse Restaurant, Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, and the Conrad Hilton Library. Culinary Cash can also be used to buy tickets from the Student Activities Office. As an added convenience, you and your family will be able to set up and add funds to your Culinary Cash account using our new online deposit system—GET Funds. This deposit system is available 24/7 and accepts MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or debit cards as payment options.

    At the end of your academic career, any remaining balance on your account will be transferred to your tuition account and applied to outstanding financial obligations. If the remaining balance is over $10.00, a refund must be requested via the Student Financial & Registration Services Office. Unclaimed balances will be transferred to the Student Activities Account.