California Accepted Students Info

  • Information for the California Fall Class

    Welcome to the CIA family!

    We can’t wait to have you on the CIA’s California campus on September 7, 2021.

  • Green and Gold Virtual Orientation


    Financial Aid and Paying Your Tuition

    Join CIA financial aid experts to learn more about federal and institutional requirements for financial aid and steps to take. Plus, we’ll cover loans, payment plans, and resources to help you pay your tuition bill.

    Connect with Your Future Classmates!
    Thursday, July 29
    2–3 p.m. PT

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    Parents Connect with Student Affairs
    Thursday, August 5
    2–3 p.m. PT

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  • Follow these steps to get started:

    Step 1

    Deposit Now

    Let everyone know you’re CIA bound! Pay your $300 deposit on the student portal.

    Step 2

    File Your FAFSA

    Filed your FAFSA yet? Don’t delay, it’s easy. Don’t know which FAFSA to file? Read below.

    Step 3

    Explore the Portal

    CIA Main Menu—your student portal—is your one-stop shop for important information, deadlines, and forms.
  • California Campus FAQS—Got Questions?

    Check our FAQs for California Fall 2021 Accepted Students. Remember you can always reach out to the CIA Enrollment team with any questions at enrollment@culinary.edu or 1-800-CULINARY.

    Check them out now
  • Everything You’d Expect from a Campus Visit—Online!


    Stay Updated for Your Start Date

    Watch our video to learn about next steps, deposit dates, ordering uniforms, and the portal.


    Guided Tour of Campus

    Get a firsthand look at the CIA’s Napa Valley campus in St. Helena, CA.


    Student Q&A

    Watch as current students share their student life experiences on CIA’s California campus.

    Visit our YouTube playlist for on-demand videos to learn more about CIA's academics, campus life, financial aid, and more!
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    The CIA federal code is 007304. Every year, students are able to file the newest FAFSA (for the following year) beginning in October.

    Which FAFSA Should I File?
    Entry Date FAFSA Year
    2020–21 2021–22 2022–23*
    Fall 2021 No Yes
    Spring 2022 No Yes
    Summer 2022 No Yes Yes

    * Please note: The 2022–23 FAFSA will be available in October 2021. Students will need to file a FAFSA each year while in attendance.

  • CIA Chefs Present: Lessons From Home


    Knife Safety and Care

    Safety first! Chef Tobias checks in to show you how properly handle and sharpen your knives.


    Knife Types

    Learn the best knife for the job with Chef DelleRose and get a peek at his personal collection.


    Knife Cuts

    Get cutting with Chef Garniero. He walks you through some basic cuts you’ll learn in Culinary Fundamentals.

    Keep Watching!

    Check out additional instructional videos from your future CIA chefs.