The Culinary Institute of America offers a full range of financial aid programs that can help you afford CIA excellence. Qualified students—approximately 90% of current CIA students—receive aid. The amount of aid varies based on each student’s unique financial situation and the time of entry to the college.
Your aid package might include:
In addition, students may seek External Scholarships
from a variety of sources outside the CIA. And, once enrolled, CIA
students may qualify for generous donor scholarships given to the
college to assist students.
Students may also apply for Alternative Loans
from private lenders to help fund their education. These loans are
generally based on credit history and can be used in addition to any
federal, state, school, or private funding students receive.
are a kind of financial aid to help students pay for their education.
There is no need to repay a scholarship. Scholarships are usually geared
toward students with specific qualifications which might include
academic merit or special talents and interests in a particular field;
membership in an underrepresented groups; residence in a specific
geographic areas; or demonstrated financial need.
GrantsGrants are awarded based on financial need. There is no need to repay a grant.
LoansEducational loans must
be repaid with interest. There are three categories of education loans:
Student Loans including Stafford and Perkins loans; Parent Loans
including the PLUS loan; and Private Loans, which are also called
Alternative Student Loans. Students may also choose to lump certain
qualifying loans together under a Consolidation Loan to help simplify
the payment process. The maximum interest rate that lenders may charge
for student loans is set by Federal law.
Check out the Student Loan Consolidation Guide as an added resource.
Work-StudyThe CIA offers
eligible students the opportunity to apply for Federal Work-Study
positions and work up to 20 hours a week, earning a paycheck each week.
The Student Financial & Registration Services (SFRS) Office determines if you are eligible. The dollar
amount of the award, however, is only an estimate of your expected
earnings and is not deducted from your bill by the SFRS Office. CIA work-study jobs are listed on the CIA Main Menu. While preference for
on-campus employment is given to work-study-approved students, jobs are
based on availability and are not guaranteed. There are also
opportunities to work off campus in community service positions.