I’m Accepted! What’s Next?

  • Congratulations on Your Acceptance to The Culinary Institute of America!

    As you prepare to start, the CIA Student Portal is your one-stop shop for important information and forms. You should receive your log in and password within one week of acceptance. If you have questions about your access, please contact Enrollment at enrollment@culinary.edu.

    “To-Do” List

    From filing your FAFSA to registering for housing, there's a lot to do before you enroll. Remember, all the necessary forms can be found on the CIA Student Portal.

    As soon as possible, you should:

    • File the FAFSA. You will not receive a financial aid package from the CIA until you file your FAFSA. The CIA federal code is 007304. Use the chart below to help you understand what FAFSA to file based on your entry date.
       FAFSA Chart
    • 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 re-apply.
    • 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.
    • For students attending our NY & CA campuses. Apply for housing. Housing assignments will be sent to your CIA e-mail address two weeks prior to your entry date.
    • For students attending our NY & CA campuses. Order your CIA uniform.

    One month prior to your entry date, you should:

  • Orientation Schedules

    What can you look forward to as part of Orientation? Find out:

  • “Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and the culinary arts has the Institute.”
    — Craig Claiborne, Celebrated Author and Food Critic, The New York Times