The Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, NY, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$30,321
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$27,971
$30k - $48k
$27,309
$48k - $75k
$30,076
$75k - $110k
$33,173
$110k+
$33,651
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$28,630
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$28,630
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$10,010
Books and Supplies
$800
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: SFRS@culinary.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
79%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
93%
Average Aid Per Year
$4,042
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
93%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,353
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$12,211
Students receiving state aid
6%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$4,037
Students receiving federal aid
33%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,353
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$17,224
$30k - $48k
$16,751
$48k - $75k
$13,226
$75k - $110k
$11,761
$110k+
$9,572
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$2,506,423

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
69%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$10,571
Students receiving federal loans
68%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,719
Average Other Loans Per Year
$17,873
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$15,000
Loan Default Rate
7%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$155

What Students Are Saying

4.02 Average Rating
You will learn a lot but the school is a little too expensive. It does happen to get cheaper every year that you advance though.
Michael from North Canton, OH
It's expensive, so make sure it's what you want to do. And if you have to take student loans, you'll be paying those off for a while.
Calum from Tampa, FL
Attending this school will definetly take more money, but what you get out of it is worth the buck.
Ilona from Brooklyn, NY
It's expensive, but there students are reputed to earn 20% more than any other culinary grad. The CIA name speaks!
C.D. from Tampa, FL
The Culinary Institute of America is a non-profit organization. The programs are expensive due to the materials needed to execute a full educational experience. Although students have choices towards attending other culinary schools, the CIA is world re-known for being the best.
Sarah from San Diego, CA
For over $30,000 a year, it is a bit pricey. We are known to be The World's Premier Culinary College. We have the most Certified Master Chef/Bakers on campus, compared to any other location. The majority of the instructors/professors have industry experience which lend to lots of recommendations, suggestions, and networks. On the other hand it is quite inconvenient that in my dorm we only have one working washing machine out of three. Three are not even enough for the whole building. The internet service is sort of shotty, it is sometime very unreliable which is very annoying. For that price tag it should be fully functional 24/7. The meal plan is on and off for me. IT is great to have a bountiful cuisine choice for lunch and dinner, but the menus cycle every three weeks, which can become very boring. After externship we have a meal swipe which can be used at the Apple Pie Cafe or Courtside Cafe, which its great but at Apple Pie a swipe, which is equivalent to $8 it is not even enough to get a sandwich and a soda.
Herbert from Marlboro, NJ
Attending the Culinary Institute is definitely not a cheap endeavor however, it is worth every penny. I have to keep my GPA up to hold onto scholarships and I am constantly on the look out for more scholarships. I work hard to pay for this school but everyday I step into the kitchen I know it is worth it.
Alyssa from Hillsborough, NJ

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