The Culinary Institute of America

  • Meal Plans

    The cost per semester is $1,365 for the standard meal plan, which includes two meals per day on scheduled class days. Students also have the option of adding an upgrade to the standard meal plan. These meals are available any day the campus is open, including weekends. Upgrade fees are per semester as follows: 30 additional meals for $280, 60 additional meals for $550, and 90 additional meals for $810. These fees are in addition to the required board fee. Unused meals expire at the end of each semester.

    Complete the 2013–2014 Meal Plan Upgrade Form >
    Complete the 2014–2015 Meal Plan Upgrade Form >

    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.