How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those who apply and qualify: Federal grants, federal loans, private loans, and other scholarships and grants.
Get in touch with one of our experts today. We’ll help you understand the options available to you, and get you started applying.

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Applying for financial aid is as easy as 1, 2, 3


Step 1:
Create an FSA ID

Create your FSA ID online at Your FSA ID allows you to sign in and check the status of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to access your records online.

Step 2:
Fill Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Fill out the FAFSA online at It is helpful to have previously filed tax documents ready when you fill out the application. Our school codes are:

  • 037276 for Austin campus
  • 037763 for Boulder campus
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.

Step 3:
Speak to a Financial Aid Representative

After submitting your FAFSA, please print a copy for your records and contact a Financial Aid representative for the next steps.

Types of Financing Available to You

There are a number of funding sources and financial aid options available to those who apply and qualify.

Federal Financial Aid Programs
FAFSA® Step-By-Step Guide
Scholarships & Grants
Private Student Loans
Flexible Payment Plans
Gift of Education Certificates
Net Price Calculator

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts participates in a number of federally funded financial aid programs. You must meet the eligibility requirements of these programs in order to participate. The different types of financial aid available are:

Federal Grants:

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are free grants and do not have to be repaid unless you withdraw from school. These grants are offered to students who demonstrate financial need and desire to continue their education beyond high school. Every student is entitled to apply for a Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is a grant program that provides need-based grants to help undergraduate students with “exceptional need,” with priority given to students with Federal Pell Grant eligibility. The FSEOG does not need to be repaid. Due to limited funding, grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis each year.

Federal Student and Parent Loans:

Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal Direct Stafford Loans are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools. Direct Stafford Loans include the following two types of loans:

  1. Subsidized Stafford Loan is need-based and the government pays (subsidizes) the interest while the student is in school. The student has 10 to 25 years to repay depending on the loan amount.
  2. Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is not based on need. The student is responsible for paying the interest while in school and during the deferment period. Students may choose to pay the interest while in school or allow it to accrue (added to the principal amount of the loan).

Federal Direct Stafford Loans, unlike grants, must be repaid with interest.

Federal PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students)
Parents of dependent undergraduate students can borrow from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan program on behalf of you. These loans are not based on need. Either or both parents may borrow from this program. A credit check is required. Repayment begins within 60 days of final disbursement of the loan; however, parents may request a deferment of payments.

Federal Work-Study Jobs:

Federal Work-Study
Federal Work-Study is a program designed to assist students with financial need by allowing them to work part-time while attending school. Positions may be on-campus, off-campus or community service related.

BankMobile Disbursements:

At this time Escoffier delivers stipends to students who are eligible and participating in the Distance Learning Programs with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. For more information on how to select a refund preference with BankMobile Disbursements contact the Financial Aid Office at 855-927-1068 Option 1 or visit this link: To view our third-party servicer contract for refund management, click here.

Scholarships & Grants

There are many culinary arts grants and scholarships offered at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts to those who apply and qualify. We encourage you to apply. Learn more about scholarships and grants.

Private Student Loans

Zero interest rate private student loans are available to help you cover the cost of culinary school tuition. A co-signer may be required to meet the loan’s credit criteria. To learn more, please contact a Financial Aid representative.

Flexible Payment Plans

The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts offers flexible payment plan options to students who intend to pay by check or credit card for their culinary education. To learn more, please contact a Financial Aid representative.

Gift of Education Certificates

Gifts of Education certificates can be purchased by family or friends and used toward your tuition and fees. To purchase a certificate, please contact a Financial Aid representative.

Net Price Calculator

You may estimate the “net price” of your costs of attending the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts with our easy-to-use calculator:

Contact a Financial Aid Representative Today!

Boulder Campus

Jordan Hagen

(720) 457-9468
[email protected]

Austin Campus

Terry Bargas

(512) 451-5743
[email protected]


Financial Aid Department

(877) 452-5489 option 1
[email protected]

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