The Culinary Institute of America offers an exciting selection of meal plans for our students. These plans use a points system, loading points onto each student ID card to use as determined by each specific plan.
Choose the one that’s right for you:
Meals are not available on days when the campus is closed. Point type and expiration in the Base plan vary according to class level.
There are three types of points that determine where you can dine:
Freshmen receive 100% Blue Points and may dine only in the production kitchens listed.Sophomores and Juniors receive 50% Blue Points and 50% Green Points, to be used in the areas indicated above.Seniors receive 100% Green Points and can dine in all of the areas listed at any time.
Meal Points: Points type, use, and expiration vary according to class year.Gold Points: Use any time, including weekends and anywhere on campus.Meals are not available on days when the campus is closed during the extended winter and summer breaks.
Commuters and current students who started at the CIA prior to July 1, 2017 may submit a request for a reduced meal plan to Student Financial & Registration Services (SFRS). To make a request, students must first be registered for the semester in which the reduced plan would take place, and must submit it no later than the Friday of the third week of that semester.
Call 845-905-4518 or stop by Dining Services.
Along with meals covered by the board fee, the college offers students the opportunity to purchase Culinary Cash. A minimum cash deposit in the amount of $25 is all that is needed to get started in the Culinary Cash program. Culinary Cash is mandatory for all students who wish to print any material from the student computer labs. The Culinary Cash program gives students the convenience, flexibility, and security of cash-free transactions by enabling them to use their CIA Student ID like a debit card at selected sites on campus such as restaurants and the library. Culinary Cash can also be used to buy tickets from the Student Activities Office. As an added convenience, you and your family will be able to set up and add funds to your Culinary Cash account using our new online deposit system—GET Funds. This deposit system is available 24/7 and accepts MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or debit cards as payment options.
At the end of your academic career, any remaining balance on your account will be transferred to your tuition account and applied to outstanding financial obligations. If the remaining balance is over $10.00, a refund must be requested via the Student Financial & Registration Services Office. Unclaimed balances will be transferred to the Student Activities Account.