I’m Accepted! What’s Next?

  • Congratulations on Your Acceptance to the CIA!

    Now that you’re about to officially become a CIA student, remember that CIA Main Menu, the college’s student portal, is your one-stop shop for important information, dates, and forms you’ll need to enroll. If you have any questions or don’t have your login and password, please contact our enrollment staff at enrollment@culinary.edu.

    Your “To-Do” List

    As soon as possible, you should:

    • File your FAFSA. You will not receive a financial aid package from the CIA until this is complete. The CIA federal code is 007304. Use the chart below to help you understand what FAFSA to file based on your entry date.
      What FAFSA Should I File?
      Entry Date FAFSA Year
      2018–19 2019–20 2020–21*
      Summer 2019 Yes Yes  
      Fall 2019 No Yes  
      Spring 2020 No Yes  
      Summer 2020 No Yes Yes

      * Please Note: The 2020–21 FAFSA will be available in October 2019. Students will need to file a FAFSA each year while in attendance.
    • Submit all official transcripts. These will automatically be reviewed for transfer credit. Learn more about the CIA’s transfer credit policies.
    • Pay your $300 enrollment deposit.
    • Three to six months prior to your entry date, you should:
      • Research lenders and choose a loan provider. Learn more about different sources of financial aid. While you should start your research early, do not apply for a loan until 90 days prior to your entry date. Loan application credit checks are usually valid for 90 days and if you begin the process too early, you may have to reapply.
      • Decide if you would like to use a tuition payment plan. The CIA offers a payment plan option that divides a student’s remaining tuition balance into four equal payments.
    • Two to three months prior to your entry date, you should:
      • Schedule a physical with your doctor and ask him/her to complete the necessary medical forms.
      • Order your CIA uniform.
      • Be sure to apply for housing if you’re attending our New York or California campus. Housing assignments will be sent to your CIA e-mail two weeks prior to your entry date.
    • One month prior to your entry date, you should:

    Orientation Schedules

    Orientation is an important event to help prepare you for CIA study. You’ll engage in lots of activities, familiarize yourself with the campus and our services, and meet your new classmates.

  • Visiting chef demos, major conferences, and special events on campus let you rub elbows with stars of the food world.