• CIA cassociate and bachelor's degrees have value, your college degree will take you far in the food business.
  • College Value

    Determining Value

    When choosing a college, look for clear descriptions of tuition and other expenses.

    • These are often indicators of institutional quality and integrity. At the CIA, we believe you should be informed about all education costs on our website, in financial aid collateral, and in our college catalog.

    Find an academic program that gives you the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

    • The best connections can lead to the best careers. While the costs of attending the CIA are comparable to similar culinary colleges, our results set us apart. In addition to skills and knowledge, a CIA degree provides industry connections to top professionals and companies—connections that will help elevate your career with an abundance of opportunities and advancement potential.

    A college’s financial aid advisors must be professional and ready to address your needs.

    • The CIA Student Financial and Registration Services team has more than 100 years of combined financial aid experience. So they understand how overwhelming the application and financial aid process can seem sometimes. Thankfully, they’re good at showing you the easiest and least expensive path toward a CIA education. They’re ready to help! Contact them at SFRS@culinary.edu or 845-451-1500.

    Check what scholarships are available to supplement federal and state programs.

    • We offer a full menu of need, merit, and loan options to those who qualify. So—about 90% of our students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.

    Financial aid should be spread out over each year of study (not just the first year).

    • Some colleges try to lure students with an attractive, one-time aid package that seems too good to be true. Here’s the catch—it may only apply for your first year (which means you may have no financial aid once you start your sophomore year). At the CIA, we make every effort to ensure your financial assistance is stable and reliable while you pursue your studies.

    One last thing…

    • The CIA is dedicated to providing the world’s best professional culinary education. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about us. If you’re interested in an exciting career in the food industry, we’re sure the CIA is the best choice. But don’t just listen to us. Here’s a few more things you can do to see that we’re the right school for you: