Board is a required for all long-term students. The cost per semester is $1,435, which includes two meals per instructional day based on class schedules. Morning students receive continental breakfast and hot lunch, and afternoon students receive a light lunch and dinner. During the meal, which is enjoyed with fellow students and faculty, students are encouraged to evaluate the basic techniques involved in both the preparation and the service of food. This is considered a valuable part of culinary education. For students living in the residence halls, a third meal per instructional day will be provided in the teaching kitchens in the main building. There are two common kitchen facilities available in the Vineyard Lodge Housing Center for students to prepare meals outside of class time.