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Financial Aid for Culinary Students

More than 85 percent of IUP culinary students receive financial assistance.

Our Culinary Admissions staff will work with you to help you through the financial aid process.

Some Basic Facts about Financial Aid

  • All students applying for financial assistance must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is used to determine eligibility for aid.
  • 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.
  • If you have missed the April 15 deadline, you may still submit the FAFSA. You will still be eligible for some types of aid.

Submit the FAFSA online.

IUP School Code is 003277.

FAQ about FAFSA by Culinary Students

What degree or certificate will you be working on during the xxxx school year?

Answer: Certificate or diploma for completing an occupational, technical, or educational program of at least two years. This is the category that Culinary Arts falls under for financial aid purposes and includes students planning to continue on for a bachelor’s degree. 

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.