You’ve decided to go to cooking school, but you’re not really sure if you can afford it, so you need to look into getting a culinary school scholarship. There are a variety of scholarships and sources to get them.
The first place to check is with a school’s financial aid office. You can also look into national and local organizations, professional groups, charitable foundations. There is also a website called fastweb.com that lists scholarships for schools.
Some of the financial options at the Culinary Institute of America, for example, are work study, need based aid, merit scholarships, loans and special grants and scholarships. So there are a variety of options just from culinary schools to choose from. So by checking the cooking schools you are interested in and other sources you should be able to find some funding.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to apply for financial aid. You really want to take the time to know what is needed to win the scholarship you are applying for and then what you need to do to get it. Keep in mind that many scholarships or grants have specific criteria regarding the type of training and the type of individual receiving the training, that the aid is designed for.
The competition for culinary financial aid is strong, so you really shouldn’t expect that you will get a free ride for school. The best most people can do is assistance to cover $250 to $2,000 of the cost of school.
If you can, you should to try to get grants or scholarships before you resort to a loan. A loan might seem like free money, but once you are done with your training you will have to start paying it back. Wouldn’t it be nice if when you finished culinary school that you didn’t have to start paying back a school loan.