Avg. Federal Grant


Avg. Federal Loan


Total Aid Awarded

Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students Receiving Aid Percent of Students Receiving Financial Aid.


Total Aid Amount Average Total Aid Awarded per year.


Financial Aid Official Website


The vast majority of the students require financial aid for some, valid justifications, be it based on academic excellence or financial need. Culinary Institute of America (CIA) guarantees that they meet the fitting specialists who will assist and direct students to secure the suitable type of funds with which they may subsidize their own education. Depending on the candidate’s application and eligibility, they will be open to special benefits or offers, from scholarships to grants.

Almost 79% of the students receive financial aid with the aid amount reaching up to $30,540,694.


There are a number of scholarships open to you if you are applying to CIA based on your financial need and academic excellence.

  • CIA Merit Scholarship: This scholarship is provided if you have shown academic excellence, leadership qualities or on the basis of SAT/ACT scores. The award amount varies from $3,500 - $10,700 per year and covers the basic tuition charges.

  • CIA Alumni Referral Scholarship: This scholarship is provided if you submit a letter from a CIA graduate who encourages you to enrol for a program at the CIA. A one-time award amount of $1,000 is provided under this scholarship.

  • CIA Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: This is a renewable scholarship with an award amount of $3,000 per year if a minimum GPA of 3.25 is maintained.

  • National Student Organisation (NSO) Scholarship: The award amount for this scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $12,000 and is renewable if you maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • MFK Fisher Scholarship: This is a one-time scholarship of $2,000 provided to women who have shown an interest in food writing.

    For more information on the different scholarships awarded to CIA students, please visit CIAChef Scholarships.


Grants are need-based financial aids awarded to students who do not have to pay back the amount. Rather institutions do provide such opportunities to directly offset costs for the recipients to overcome or combat severe financial circumstances which might act as a barrier in their academics.

Federal grants

Federal Grants are granted depending on budgetary need. Awards don't need to be reimbursed except if, for instance, you are granted assets erroneously, didn't finish participation necessities, and so forth.

  • Pell Grant: The Federal Pell Grants amount will depend on the number of credit hours that you are attending and also financial need based on EFC. Pell grant is offered to the students who have not yet received their first bachelor’s degree. The eligibility criterion is determined by the FAFSA.

  • Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant: The Supplement Grant is a need-based grant offer only to the undergraduate students who enrol for a full-time course and also are recipients of the PELL Grants showing an exceptional financial need also, the students who earned the four-year degree are considered as ineligible.

Institutional Grants

  • CIA Need-Based Grant: An award amount of $2,000 to $4,500 per year is provided if you are enrolled in a degree program and demonstrate need as determined by FAFSA.

  • On-campus Housing Grant: An award amount of $1,000 per year is provided if you are enrolled in a degree program and are residing in an on-campus CIA residence hall.

  • CIA Recognition Award: An award amount of $1,500 to $5,000 is awarded in recognition of personal or professional achievement. This is renewable on the basis of certain academic criteria.

For more information on the aids provided by the institute, please visit CIAChef Financial Aid.

Financial Aid Breakdown

Student Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid


State Grant Aid


Institution Grant Aid


Pell Grant


Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid


State Grant Aid


Institution Grant Aid


Pell Grant


It is of utmost importance to know how many students receive certain aids because it gives the students a good idea on what to expect from each type of aid they are going through. When it comes to grants, students get the opportunity to take up different grants; federal, institutional, or state grants.

  • 35% of the students are given Federal Grant Aid, which is usually a reasonable amount of $5,419.

  • Almost 34% of the students get pell grants which mean a measure of around $5,340

  • For the most part, 6% of the students are equipped for state grants at a measure of around $5,384.

  • 91% of the students get institutional aids/awards which reach a sum of around $12,373.

Federal Aid based on Family Income

Family Income

Average Federal Aid Per Year

Under $30,000


$30,001 - $48,000


$48,001 - $75,000


$75,001 - $110,000


Over $110,000


This shows the distribution of federal aid among students depending on their family annual income. The Federal Office decides the average amount of aid which can be provided to a student based on his family income.

Being divided into 5 categories, the income ranges of under $30,000, $30,001-$48000 and $48,001-$75,000 concede an average financial aid amount of $19,781, $19,154 and $16,750 respectively.

On the other hand, for the annual income ranges of $75,001-$110,000 and above 110,000 the financial aid amount reaches $14,296 and $13,080, respectively.

Student Loans for Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

Average Loan Amount Average Loan Amount received per year.


Students Taking Out Loans


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