Culinary School Financial Aid



College is a major investment, but our team of financial aid Officers is on your side. We offer an array of financial aid programs available for those students who qualify as part of our commitment to making their education affordable.

All students are required to attend scholarship workshops to ensure they are taking advantage of each opportunity presented to them.

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Sample of Financial Aid Options

Types of Aid

Financial aid consists of grants, loans and scholarships offered to students to help pay tuition, fees and living expenses. CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college is an approved Title IV recipient since October 2003.

Government Grant Programs

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act  (WIOA) Program

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps people who need jobs. WIOA offers states a range of programs and services. These programs help jobseekers get training, education, and support. That way, they will do well in the job market. WIOA also helps connect employers with the trained workers they need.

Texas Workforce Commission – Vocational Rehabilitation – Adults

Texas Workforce Commission offers help to individuals with disabilities.  Create chances for progress or advancement in employment for individuals with disabilities.

Federal Pell Grant Program (Need Based)

This program is a gift aid program and it does not have to be repaid.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (Need Based)

An FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need – that is, students with the lowest expected family contributions. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. An FSEOG doesn’t have to be paid back. Our policy is to award FSEOG on a first-come, first-served basis per start date.

Trade Adjustment ACT (TAA)

The TAA Program provides aid to workers who lost their jobs or whose hours of work and wages have been reduced as a result of increased foreign imports. These benefits are administered by TAA counselors at Mid-Cities Workforce Center, Bedford 817-545-1809 or Richardson Workforce Center 972-234-5391 and most Texas Workforce Centers in surrounding communities in North Texas Council of Governments. Visit the US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration website.

Veterans Administration Grants

Veterans may qualify for a number of educational or work-related grant programs. Veterans should see the US Department of Veteran Affairs ( for additional benefit information. Veterans may also contact the veteran’s representative located at most Texas Workforce Centers.

National Emergency Grant

The National Emergency Grant aids dislocated workers in airline and tourism-related industries in Texas as a result of 9/11. The grant is administered through Texas Workforce Centers. The funds will aid laid-off workers from Continental and American Airlines as well as Boeing, Vought, LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet along with others. Contact TWC to see if you qualify. Visit the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration website.


Scholarships and grants are awarded based on merit and/or need to help fund a student’s education. In addition to scholarships offered from outside organizations, CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® in-house scholarships are offered in many ways. In the past five years, CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® scholarships have awarded $3,281,425 to qualified students.

Private Loans

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® assistance is available through several student loan sources for those who qualify.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A credit-worthy cosigner is often required for undergraduate students.
  • Attending at least half-time to full-time
  • A permanent US citizen
  • Must meet the credit criteria specified by the lender
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP)

Each lender might specify additional requirements.

Active-Duty Military Personnel & Veterans Tuition Assistance

Active-duty military personnel and veterans may have access to state and federal tuition assistance. National Guard, reserve military personnel and federal branch military personnel may be eligible for tuition assistance from their active duty or reserve units. If you are in one those categories, you should go to your nearest installation, base, reserve center or drill location and request to speak with the base, division, naval air station or company education officer to see if there are any funds available to allocate to your tuition assistance. The actual funds will be authorized from the education officer directly and given to the student.

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® VA scholarships are offered to those who qualify. Please see the guidelines and submission requirements. Questions about military and veterans affairs should be directed to the Financial Aid Department at (713) 358-5052 or by email at [email protected].

In-House Payment Plans

The in-house payment plan is to facilitate students payments when they are in school only. Students are invoiced the first of each month. The balance is interest-fee if repaid on time. Certain restrictions apply.

Federal Student Loans & Grants

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan Program

This program is a self-help aid program. This loan must be repaid. There is a maximum of 10 years to repay this loan. CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college is limited to first-year, first-time borrower limits.

The government subsidizes (takes care of) the interest payments while a student is in school and during a six-month grace period after graduation. Once the grace period passes, the student will be required to start repayment.

The interest rate is variable and changes every July 1st.

Federal Unsubsidized Loan Program

This program is a self-help aid program. This loan must be repaid. There is a maximum of 10 years to repay this loan. CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college is limited to first-year, first-time borrower limits.

The student is responsible for the interest payments the entire life of the loan. Repayment starts following a six-month grace period after graduation. The student may choose to pay the unsubsidized interest on the loan while in school or defer the interest until repayment starts after the six-month grace period is over (you select this option on the master promissory note).

The interest rate is variable and changes every July 1st.

Parent PLUS Loan Program

This program is a self-help aid program. This loan must be repaid.

Direct PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college or career school. Before applying, make sure you or your child has already filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Once FAFSA is completed the FA administrator will check for Pell Grant Eligibility and subsidized federal student loan eligibility

The interest rate is variable and changes every July 1st. Find information about Federal Direct Loans.

Loan Repayment

To locate your loan, visit the following website:

Level (Standard) Repayment

Typically, this is the least expensive option in terms of total interest costs. Also known as the standard repayment plan, this option is the choice of most federal education loan borrowers. This plan provides a fixed monthly payment of at least $50 over a period of up to 10 years. If your monthly payments under this option exceed 8% to 10% of your gross monthly income, however, you should consider one of the following flexible repayment options or loan consolidation.

Graduated Repayment

Monthly payments start low and increase over time. Graduated repayment may be a good choice if you currently have limited income but expect higher earnings in the future. The maximum repayment term under this option is 10 years. Total interest costs are higher under this option than with level repayment.

Income-Sensitive Repayment

Payments can be adjusted up or down annually to account for changes in your income. The minimum payment must be enough to cover accruing interest. The repayment period of 10 years can be extended to 15 years under a special forbearance provision. Total interest costs will be higher with this option than with level repayment.

Loan Consolidation

Consolidation permits you to bundle all of your federal education loans into a convenient single monthly payment at a fixed interest rate. Depending on your total outstanding loan balance, you also may be able to extend your repayment period and lower your monthly payments by as much as 40%. You are likely to pay more total interest, however, by extending your payment period and making smaller payments over a longer term.

Extended Repayment

This option is available only if you did not have a balance on a Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loan as of October 7, 1998, or at the time your received a FFELP loan after Oct. 7, 1998. Extended repayment is available only if your outstanding education loan balance is more than $30,000. Under this plan, you may reduce the amount of your monthly payment by spreading payments over a period of up to 25 years. You may choose to make payments over this extended period under a level or graduated schedule. Because payments are stretched over a longer term, total interest costs will be significantly higher than under the other repayment plans.

Student Loan Repayment Relief


If you meet the qualifications for deferment and submit the required documentation, you are entitled to defer principal payments, in the case of unemployment or economic hardship, for up to a total of three years during the term of your loans. There is no maximum time limit for deferment while you are continuously enrolled at least part time in school or participating in a qualified graduate-fellowship or rehabilitation-training program.


If you don’t meet the requirements for deferment but still need payment relief, you may appeal to your lender or loan servicer for forbearance. Forbearance permits you to reduce or postpone payments or extend the time for making payments, usually at the discretion of the lender. A forbearance request typically is granted for a period of up to 12 months.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The school encourages students to apply for federal aid (FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to help reduce the amount of tuition and fees to pay out of pocket.
If you’re ready to fill out the FAFSA now, go for it! If you would like assistance with the process, contact the Financial Aid Department for an appointment at 713-358-5052 or [email protected] or attend one of our financial aid workshops.

Scholarships & Grants

We have various scholarships and grants available throughout the year for our students. We encourage you to apply and stay informed as we continuously post new scholarships for you.

Scholarship Workshop

Need help filling out your paperwork? Our Financial Aid Department can assist you in completing your applications. For assistance with scholarship, please call 713-358-5100. For federal grants or loans please call 713-358-5052 or email us at [email protected].

As an active student, ongoing scholarship workshops will be scheduled for you during your time at CIL.

Net Price Calculator

The net price calculator can help you estimate your total CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® costs to attend. This calculator is intended to provide estimated cost of attendance. This includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals) and other related expenses minus estimated grant and scholarship aid based on what similar students paid in a previous year.


Scholarship Workshop

As an active student, ongoing scholarship workshops will be scheduled for you during your time at CIL.

At our Financial Aid Workshops, you will have a chance to work with our dedicated expert staff as they assist you in completing your application for federal grants and loans as well as those for any scholarship opportunities that are available to you.

Useful Links

Financial Aid Office – Feel free to contact us with any questions at (713) 358-5052 or [email protected].
Looking for student aid? –
Free Application for Federal Student Aid –
Register for your FSA ID to sign the FAFSA –
National Student Loan Data System (This site allows you to access your student grant and loan data.)
US Department of Education-FSA Ombudsman (This site is for student loan borrowers who need to resolve loan disputes and problems.) – https:/
Social Security –

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