Culinary School Financial Aid

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CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® Is Here to Help

College is a major investment, but our team of financial aid advisers is on your side. We offer an array of financial aid programs as part of our commitment to making your education affordable.

All students are required to attend financial aid workshops to ensure they’re taking advantage of each opportunity presented to them.

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® is an approved Title IV recipient since October 2003.

Government Grant Programs

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

The WIA program is administered through the Texas Workforce Commission. Grants are available through TWC to qualified unemployed, underemployed or displaced individuals.
CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® will provide you with TWC forms.
Contact a training coordinator for additional information concerning a Workforce Investment Act Grant www.twc.state.tx.us/partners/workforce-investment-act.

Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC) Grants

TRC Grants are available to disabled and other qualified rehabilitating individuals. Visit the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative services website: www.dars.state.tx.us/services/dds.shtml.

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.

Academic Competitiveness Grant and National SMART Grant Programs

Find info about the Texas ACG: www.ed.gov/programs/smart/results2007/texas.pdf.
The Department of Education has set a goal to double the number of students receiving AC and National SMART Grants by 2010-11.
States, colleges and high schools should promote AC and National SMART Grants because completing a rigorous high school program is the best way to increase college readiness, reduce remediation, and increase college completion rates for low-income students.
Increased postsecondary attainment will help the United States compete in the 21st century.

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 (www.gibill.va.gov/) 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

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® offers many in-house scholarships.
In the past five years, CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® has awarded $2,003,787 in scholarship money to qualified students.

Private Loans

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® assists with several sources for student loans 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® offers a VA scholarship 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 .

Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services is a partnership with Texans with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society.
CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® is approved by DARS to provide vocational training to those who qualify.

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® 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® 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.

This loan is available for parents of dependent students. A FAFSA application does not have to be completed for a parent to take this loan out for their child. If the FAFSA is completed, the aid administrator will check for Pell Grant eligibility and subsidized federal student loan eligibility. Dependent students only have access to Pell Grants and Subsidized Federal Student Loans (if they qualify).

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: https://studentaid.gov/h/manage-loans.

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

Deferment

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.

Forbearance

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! https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. If you would like assistance with the process, contact the Financial Aid Department for an appointment at 713-358-5052 or 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 .
As an active student, 4 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 costs to attend CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE®. 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.

PRICE CALCULATOR

Scholarship Workshop

Join our FREE Financial Aid Workshops! You’re invited to our helpful and interactive Financial Aid Workshop. There 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.

As an active student, 4 scholarship workshops will be scheduled for you during your time at CIL.

Useful Links

Financial Aid Office – Feel free to contact us with any questions at (713) 358-5052 or 
Looking for student aid? – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Free Application for Federal Student Aid – https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
Register for your FSA ID to sign the FASFA – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid#pin-replacement
National Student Loan Data System (This site allows you to access your student grant and loan data.) https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/
US Department of Education-FSA Ombudsman (This site is for student loan borrowers who need to resolve loan disputes and problems.) – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/disputes
Selective Service – https://www.sss.gov/
Social Security – www.ssa.gov

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