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 as early as October 1 of the year before you begin school. Filing deadline is by January 15 for maximum financial aid consideration at IUP. Please refer to the FAFSA for other state and/or federal deadlines.
    • Missed the January 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 Offer

    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 or Baking and Pastry program, select the answer: “Certificate or diploma for completing an occupational, technical, or educational program of at least two years.” (This would include if you are continuing on to a bachelor’s degree after culinary or completing the Culinary Arts associate degree.) 
    2. When will I receive notification of my financial aid offer?
      Culinary students will receive offer letters from IUP by mail beginning in December.
    3. How do I notify IUP if I wish to reduce an offer (i.e., a loan), or report a scholarship not on my financial aid offer letter?
      You will need to complete the Financial Aid Adjustment 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.