Culinary School Grants

Culinary School Grants do not have to be repaid. The federal government provides grant funds for students attending colleges, including career colleges and universities, such as culinary arts school. Many grants are awarded to students based on financial need.

There are annual award limits for grants, with the average grant providing up to $4,000 per year. Some grants, such as the Federal Pell Grant, may provide more than $5,000 annually.

When searching for culinary school grants, you should begin by completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a great place to start if you don’t know your financial aid options. This is a free application that tells the government your financial position and they will tell you what funding is available to you.

Culinary School Grant Resources

The Culinary Trust Scholarship & Grant Program
The Culinary Trust Scholarship and Grant Program provides funds to qualified applicants for beginning, continuing and specialty education courses at accredited culinary schools worldwide, as well as for independent study, research and writing on critical issues in the world of food.

Federal Pell Grant
Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant.) Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
The Academic Competitiveness Grant was made available for the first time for the 2006-2007 school year for first-year college students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2006, and for second-year college students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2005.

Institutional Grants
Colleges provide institutional grants to help make up the difference between college costs and what a family can be expected to contribute through income, savings, loans, and student earnings.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Beginning with the 2010-11 award year, a student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.