How to Apply for Financial Aid

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

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 qualify.

Federal Financial Aid Programs
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.

Scholarships & Grants

There are many culinary arts grants and scholarships offered at our schools to qualified students attending Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. 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

Jason Scheib

(877) 249-0305
[email protected]

Austin Campus

Lari Whitten

(866) 552-2433
[email protected]

Online Campus

Financial Aid Department

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