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Financial Aid for Culinary Students

First, File Your FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is the form the government uses to determine how much federal or state (if you’re a Pennsylvania resident) grant, loan, or work study money you’re eligible for.
  • Submit your FAFSA by April 15 for maximum financial aid consideration at IUP. Please refer to the FAFSA for other state and/or federal deadlines.
  • Missed the April 15 deadline? Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. You will still be eligible for some types of aid.

Submit the FAFSA online.  IUP’s School Code is 003277.

FAQ About FAFSA and Your Award

  1. How do I answer the question, “What degree or certificate will you be working on during the xxxx school year?”
    If you are entering or continuing in the Culinary Arts program, select the answer: Certificate or diploma for completing an occupational, technical, or educational program of at least two years. (This includes you if you are continuing on to a bachelor’s degree after culinary.) 
  2. When will I receive notification of my financial aid award?
    Culinary students will receive award letters from IUP by mail beginning in March.
  3. How do I notify IUP if I wish to reduce an award (i.e., a loan), or report a scholarship not on my award letter?
    You will need to complete the Student Financial Aid Response Form.

Detailed Information About Grants and Loans

IUP Culinary Scholarship Information

Check out our scholarships dedicated to culinary students.

Additional Scholarship Resources

  • American Culinary Federation
    The American Culinary Federation is the accreditation board for culinarians in the industry. This organization offers scholarships to students attending culinary schools. Search “scholarships” at the site for the latest listings available.
  • Thomas W. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship
    The Thomas W. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship available for a career and technical education student enrolled in an approved CTE program in Pennsylvania and planning to attend a post-secondary institution majoring in a career and technical field.
  • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
    The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation provides scholarships to students who want to pursue a degree in culinary or hospitality.
  • James Beard Foundation
    The James Beard Foundation provides scholarships to students who want to pursue a degree in culinary or hospitality.
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Scholarships
    The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association (PRA) and the PRA Education Foundation (PRAEF) provide students with opportunities to further their education in the hospitality or food service industry.
  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 800-438-6424
  • Fax: 814-938-1158
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.