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How to Finance a Culinary Education

November 4, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu General 0 Comments

a career in the culinary arts can be very rewarding. It can provide individuals with the opportunity to express themselves through the food they create.

The Costs of Culinary Success

Like most things of value, particularly education, there is a cost associated with the knowledge one acquires. A degree in the culinary arts could end up costing anywhere between a few hundred dollars per course at a local community college to thousands of dollars per year at the more prestigious culinary institutions. Fortunately for prospective culinary students, there are many options when it comes to financing a culinary education.

Outside of reaching deep within your pockets and spending your own money, there are other resources that can be utilized to help pay for the cost of culinary school. These resources are similar those offered through traditional colleges and universities to help students pay for their undergraduate education.

Money Resources & Help

When trying to find funding for culinary school, it’s best to first look at what grants may be available. Grants are often times considered within the educational sector as ‘free money’. Needless to say, the higher percentage of overall tuition that you can get subsidized, the better off you’ll be. Finding a grant is not difficult, but generally requires some research online. Although this research can be tedious, it’s unquestionably worth spending time on -- a few hours spent scanning the Internet and talking to enrollment advisors at culinary schools could end up saving you thousands of dollars. Nothing beats free money, right?

Scholarly Advice

Scholarships are another option you should look into if you’re trying to finance a culinary education. In fact, it's not uncommon for people to have a large portion of their culinary school education paid for through grants and scholarships. Like grants, scholarships do not have to be paid back and are commonly awarded based on merit. In addition to individual achievement endowments, some scholarships are available to individuals with diverse backgrounds and unique interests. There are many search engines and web sites, like Scholarships.com, that are dedicated to helping people find funding that's right for them.

Funding Your Future

Once all scholarship and grant options have been exhausted, it is now time to examine more traditional loans. There are different options available depending on your credit score and your current educational status (part time student, out of college, etc.). Whether you receive a loan from a friend or family member or a large financial institution, it's possible to defer payments on the loan until you’ve been out of culinary school for a certain amount of time. This deferment period allows you time to find a job or start working on opening up your own business. Whether you pursue student loans, scholarships or grants, financial aid is absolutely possible to acquire. A few hours’ worth of research could yield large savings and ultimately decrease your future debt load down the line. So stop letting money hold you back from embarking on an exciting education in the culinary arts.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America. Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America offers Le Cordon Bleu culinary education classes and culinary training programs across the United States. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu for more information.

The jobs mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America does not guarantee employment or salary. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.


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