As a way to show the great men and women of the U.S. military our deepest respect and gratitude, we at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts offer a number of financial services for those who so bravely serve our country. Active duty and veteran personnel, as well as certain family members, are eligible for special grants offered to support them in their culinary passions and dreams.

Veteran Administration Benefits and Tuition Assistance


As a military or veteran student, you may qualify for government funding through the following programs:

  • Veteran Administration Benefits

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is approved for VA funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible Veterans, their spouses, and children, may qualify to participate in the Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) – Chapter 30, Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) – Chapter 32, Post-9/11 GI Bill® – Chapter 33, Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) – Chapter 35, Montgomery GI Bill® -Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) – Chapter 1606, or Reserves Educational Assistance Program (REAP) – Chapter 1607. Our Financial Aid staff is trained to assist students through the process of applying to secure potential benefits *The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense are the determining bodies of benefit eligibility. Veteran Administration Benefits may be available to qualifying students enrolled in approved programs offered through our Austin and Boulder campuses (including the online diploma programs in Culinary Arts and Operations and Professional Pastry Arts). Please click here to obtain additional information on eligible programs.

  • Military Tuition Assistance

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts participates in the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership to offer educational programs to Service members and receive Tuition Assistance. Service members in the Army, including the National Guard and Selected Reserves, Navy, including the Selected Reserves, Air Force, including the National Guard and the Selected Reserves, and the Marine Corps, including the the Selected Reserves may qualify to receive Tuition Assistance. Service members should meet with their Education Officer to assess benefit eligibility. Military Tuition Assistance may be available to qualifying students enrolled in approved programs offered through our Boulder campus (including the online diploma programs in Culinary Arts and Operations and Professional Pastry Arts). Please reach out to the education office on your respective base to start the approval process.

Applying for Military Tuition Assistance

Complete the enrollment form associated with your branch of the US Military below for approval by your Military Education Officer.

Air Force
Army
Navy
Marines
Coast Guard
National Guard
Reserves

Each branch of the US Military offers a Tuition Assistance (TA) program to Active and/or Reserve Military Service members.  TA can cover up to $167 per quarter credit hour, not to exceed the amount per Military Fiscal Year based on branch of service.

Note: You will Submit the APPROVED TA form to Escoffier’s Financial Aid Office.

Yellow Ribbon Program


Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the law that created the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The program allows approved institutions of higher learning and the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Only Veterans (or dependents under Transfer of Entitlement) at the 100% benefit level qualify to utilize the program.

2020-2021 Military Friendly® School


Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Boulder (including our online programs) is honored to be recognized as a 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School. Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.

Escoffier Boulder has demonstrated the highest levels of student support and student satisfaction as required by the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration agreements as well as best practices within the Department of Education and our accreditors. The Military Friendly® Schools designation puts Escoffier Boulder among the best and demonstrates our commitment to all of our students to include our military and veteran student populations.

MyCAA – Spouse Education


Only available for active duty spouses:

  • MYCAA – Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts participates in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program which is an employee assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military Spouses. Available to qualifying students enrolled in approved programs offered through our Austin and Boulder campuses (including the diploma programs in Culinary Arts and Operations and Professional Pastry Arts). Please reach out to the education office on your respective base to start the approval process.

Grant Amounts and Eligibility


Qualifying military personnel will receive $1,000 to assist in the expenses of the Culinary Arts or Pastry Arts program. The group of eligible members also includes the Drilling National Guard, Drilling Reservist Service Members as well as spouses and dependents of honorably discharged veterans. Contact an admissions representative today to learn more about how our scholarships can benefit you in your culinary career.

  • Military Grant

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts offers a $1,000 Military Grant for our Active Duty, Drilling National Guard, and Drilling Reservist Service Members of the U.S. Military to assist with providing the opportunity to attend the program of their choice at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Students that have completed the admissions application process, validated their military status, and have a remaining financial need will be considered for the Military Grant. The Military Grant can’t be used in conjunction with any other institutional grant and/or scholarship.

  • Veterans Grant

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts offers a $1,000 Veterans Grant for honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Military to assist with providing the opportunity to attend the program of their choice at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Students that have completed the admissions application process, validated their military status, and have a remaining financial need will be considered for the Veterans Grant. The Veterans Grant can’t be used in conjunction with any other institutional grant and/or scholarship.

  • Veterans Spouse or Dependent Grant

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts offers a $500 Veterans Spouse/Dependent Grant for spouses and dependents of honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Military to assist Veteran spouses with providing the opportunity to attend the program of their choice at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Students that have completed the admissions application process, validated their military status, and have a remaining financial need will be considered for the Veterans Spouse/Dependent Grant. The Veterans Spouse/Dependent can’t be used in conjunction with any other institutional grant and/or scholarship.

State Employment Certification/Licensure Disclosure


  • State Employment Certification/Licensure Disclosure

    The programs offered by Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (AESCA) do not require a certification or state board licensure to be employed.  AESCA will monitor state requirements and update this section if certification or licensure becomes a requirement for employment.

Tuition Costs:
Distance Learning Programs
Boulder and Austin Residential Campuses

Financial Aid Steps:
Financial Aid available to those who qualify

Financial Aid Expectations: In most cases the Financial Aid process can take 10-14 days to complete.

The Department of Education Award year runs from July 1st to June 30th of the following year. Refer to this time frame when completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in relation to the start of your program. The Financial Aid office asks that you complete the FAFSA prior to your first day of class, however this is not a requirement to begin classes. Federal Funding is not given on a first come first serve basis as it is based on your individual eligibility as determined by the Department of Education. The office of Financial Aid at Escoffier will accept the FAFSA and process it upon receipt. Please call our office at (877) 452-5489 ext. 1 with any questions.

*Please Note the Financial Aid Office will be unable to disburse funding towards any applicable tuition and/or fees until you have completed the Financial Aid process.

Hear From Military Student, Travis Hawthorne

I find that the kitchen is a natural place for people trained in the military to be comfortable. Many of the conventions that chafe other students are second nature to the vet, from referring to your chef by his or her title, to the verbatim repeat back of orders, down to uniform inspections.

Ryan Hodros

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts student and former Navy intelligence officer stationed in Hawaii from 2006 to 2012

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