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, upperclassmen are given greater flexibility to choose from among the CIA’s many dining options.

    A Meal Plan for Every Taste

    The standard meal plan included in the board fee uses a points system, loading points onto each student ID card equivalent to two meals per scheduled class day. Features of the meal plan include:

    • Using points as currency (no cash is accepted for student dining)
    • Providing all students with the same number of points per semester
    • Providing students with more flexibility across the board
    • Recognizing seniority by allowing more flexibility by class level

    Points are provided based on number of class days. For example:
    5-class-day week = 100 points (5 days x 2 meals x 10 points)
    4-class-day week = 80 points
    3-class-day week = 60 points

    There are three types of points that determine where you can dine: 

    • Blue Points—Any production kitchen (Roth Hall, East Wing Production Kitchens, and at The Line in The Egg)
    • Green Points—Any production kitchen, similar to blue points, but also other locations in The Egg—such as the Café, the Innovation Station, the Marketplace, and Grab-and-Go—and in the campus restaurants (at approved times)
    • Gold Points—These optional Weekend Flex Points are good for any production kitchen, all venues at The Egg, and all campus restaurants (at approved times)

    Freshmen receive 100% Blue Points and may dine only in the production kitchens listed.
    Sophomores and Juniors receive 50% Blue Points and 50% Green Points, to be used in the areas indicated above.
    Seniors receive 100% Green Points and can dine in all of the areas listed at any time.

    Weekend Flex Points for 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’ll be spending most of your weekends at the CIA—as opposed to, say, typically going home or visiting friends—we strongly recommend that you purchase these Gold Points to supplement your standard meal plan.

    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.