Student at the CIAFinancial Aid is an important aspect of any college. However, an excellent education is much more important. The Culinary Institute of America does offer lots of financial aid, (and once you are here the financial aid office will always help you find more) so it isn’t fair to compare a college only by the amount of money they will give you. Regardless of what others say, culinary schools are not all the same. They are different like any other specialty college. Here are a few key points to consider…
Reputation – The CIA is widely recognized as a leader in culinary education. They have upwards of 37,000 alumni to network with! That is something no other culinary school can say. Also, the school offers four career fairs annually, as well as lifetime career placement. This means that whether you are researching your required externship site, or a permanent employer, CIA grads are both recognized and respected in the industry.
Kitchen Time – The school also offers more then 1,300 hours of hands on experience in the classroom! I can’t think of any other college that can give you this much time in the kitchen, actually working with the tools of your trade. Also, the CIA offers degrees in the Culinary Arts and the Baking and Pastry Arts. They are very focused in their degree programs. Also, the CIA offers more Master Chefs and Master Bakers then any other college.
Degree – I’m currently a student in the Bachelor program at the college. It is important to have a four year degree not only in this job market, but in this economy as well. The Culinary Institute of America offers a Bachelor degree for both the culinary and baking programs. They even offer a collaborative degree program with Cornell, should you decide to continue your education there.
Well I can quote you statistics and facts all day. In the end, the decision is up to you. You shouldn’t listen to someone who tells you to take the best financial offer and run with it. This is your future, and you shouldn’t base your career on which education is cheapest, but rather which education is the best. I suggest taking time to visit both campuses, and then making your decision later. The CIA offers tours of the school so you can see first hand the facilities we have to offer. You can also enjoy dinner at one of our restaurants, or even a bite at the café, to see the product the school produces. I hope this has been of some help to you, and good luck!