Financing Your Education

Here at the International Culinary Center, we recognize that the challenge of funding your culinary education can seem intimidating, even if you know it’ll be a great investment in your future. But the fact of the matter is that a majority of the students attending career programs rely on financial aid to attend the International Culinary Center, which means you don’t have to let money stand between you and a first-rate culinary education.

Your Financial Aid Options

Below, you’ll find information on a variety of financial aid and scholarship options available to those students who qualify. Though we’ve compiled this information as a helpful resource, we recommend that you speak directly with one of our financial aid advisors before beginning the process. They’ll help you determine your eligibility for aid and offer tips on submitting forms and paperwork.

Most students finance their educations using a combination of resources. Federal funds give eligible students access to Pell Grants and Direct Stafford Loans, as well as parent loans. International Culinary Center’s FAFSA Code is 025754. Student loans are provided through Climb Credit Lending. Awarded on the basis of financial need and career goals, scholarships are another useful funding source available to assist students with meeting tuition requirements. Finally, special sources of federal and state funding exist for specific groups that include veterans, New Jersey residents, and individuals eligible to participate in vocational rehabilitation programs.


Climb Credit is a new kind of student lending company which focuses on financing career-building programs to help students get a high return-on-investment from their education. They believe education is an investment toward your future career and earning potential. Climb offers financing opportunities for International Culinary Center students to pursue their educational and career goals in our Professional Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, Cake Techniques & Design, Art of International Bread Baking, Intensive Sommelier Training and Food Business Fundamentals programs.

Climb Offers:

  • A quick online application – with the ability to add a cosigner – completed in as little as 5 minutes with no impact to credit score
  • Prepay, in part or in whole, at any time without penalty
  • Fixed interest rates for the life of your loan
  • Instant decisions 95% of the time, with the ability to accept and e-sign your documents in just a few clicks
  • Friendly and responsive customer service available by email (, phone (888-510-0533) and instant chat from 9am to 9pm EST

We recommend speaking to a Financial Aid representative before you apply for a loan.
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We’re Here to Help

Our dedicated team of financial aid advisors can help you identify the sources of funding that will work best for you and offer guidance as you navigate each step of the application process. You may also use our financial net calculator to estimate the cost of attendance. Additional institutional information can be found on our consumer information page.

Please keep in mind that to secure a seat in your desired class, the financial aid process must be completed 60 days prior to your class start date. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us right away to get started with an advisor.

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