Financial Aid



The majority of students attending L'Academie de Cuisine’s career programs rely on some type of financial aid, which means you don’t have to let money stand between you and your career goals.


Our Financial Aid team is here to help.




To secure a seat in your preferred class, you must begin the financial aid process at least 60 days prior to your class start date. No matter your income, most students are eligible to receive federal financial aid. Finding out how much federal aid you qualify for by filling out the FAFSA:


Go to and apply for a PIN(if you were born on or after January 1, 1992, a parent or legal guardian will also need to apply for a PIN).


Go to (please be sure to include a valid email address on your FAFSA application). Once you have filed your taxes, use your income information from your 1040, 1040 A or 1040 EZ federal tax return. Use our school code #017288. Complete the entire form, save a copy for your records, and submit the FAFSA.

Our Financial Aid Office will receive your FAFSA results within 3-5 business days. Within one week of completing your FAFSA, please contact our Enrollment Coordinator, Amanda Stottlemyer, at (301) 670-8670 x237, 800-664-CHEF (2433), or to discuss your results and plans for paying any balance.



L’Academie de Cuisine is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer financial aid programs to qualified students. Depending on your FAFSA results, you may be eligible for one of these programs, which include:

Pell Grants

need-based awards and, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree.

Direct Federal Student Stafford Loans

are either subsidized or unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of financial need. Eligibility for the subsidized loan must first be determined before the unsubsidized loan can be awarded.

Direct Federal Student PLUS Loans

enable parents with a good credit history to pay the educational expenses of each child who is their dependent.

Veterans Benefits

Veterans and others eligible under Title 38 of the United States code may apply for education benefits. The Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts programs are approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer VA educational benefits. Click here to learn more.

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L'Academie de Cuisine has a variety of payment options available to fit the needs of all our students. Before you enroll, you will receive a Shopping Sheet that discloses the tuition and fees for your culinary education and your financing options.

While tuition not covered by financial aid loans or grants is due 30 days prior to the program start date, we recognize most students aren’t able to pay their remaining balance up front. Upon acceptance to the program of your choice, you have the option to pay your tuition balance over a time period that works within your schedule and your budget. L'Academie de Cuisine is proud to offer this option interest free.

Some financial resources our students have used are:

Federal Funds

as outlined above

Veterans' Benefits

for military veterans and others eligible under Title 38


often based on need and/or career programs and goals.

Private Loans

from any bank or other private lenders

Special Sources

of federal and state funding for specific groups, including veterans and people with disabilities.



L'Academie de Cuisine is proud to offer our own scholarship opportunities for outstanding students.

L'Academie Veterans' Scholarships

Our school offers a Veterans’ Tuition Scholarship to provide recognition and financial assistance to eligible service members and their beneficiaries. Upon acceptance into either the Culinary or Pastry Arts Program, eligible veterans will receive a $950 scholarship covering the tuition deposit and uniform & supplies fee. We’re proud to support our servicemen and women and their families and dedicated to helping them build lasting careers.

The Bill Jackson Memorial Scholarship

In partnership with Great American Restaurants, this scholarship is awarded to one student per Culinary or Pastry Arts class who best embodies the late Chef Bill Jackson’s love of culinary education and mentorship. Applications are accepted during Phase 1 of the Culinary and Pastry Arts Program and the winner is announced during Phase 2. All students in good academic standing may apply. The scholarship amount varies between $600 and $1,500 per winner. This scholarship is made possible through the generous support of the Great American Restaurants group.

The Roland Mesnier Scholarship

L’Academie de Cuisine’s professional Pastry Arts Program was first designed and taught by the former White House Executive Pastry Chef, Roland Mesnier. To honor his founding contribution to our pastry program, we offer a scholarship each year to one grand prize winner of this exciting competition. Competitors must prepare and submit one whole dessert to be judged by Chef Roland Mesnier himself. The winner receives a $4000 tuition credit scholarship to the professional Pastry Arts Program.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 9:00am
Location: 16006 Industrial Drive, Gaithersburg, MD
Application Deadline: Monday, November 7, 2016

The 2017 Roland Mesnier Scholarship Application is here! Please download a copy of the application and return by email or snail mail.

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Competition Information



Many charitable organizations support learning in the culinary arts, and we've gathered a selection of scholarship opportunities we encourage our students to pursue.

The Joyce Farms Culinary Arts Scholarship:

Joyce Farms is a specialty producer of heritage meats and grass fed beef located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Family owned since 1962, Joyce Farms has built its reputation on taste, value, & transparency, and is trusted daily by the top chefs in North America. Joyce Farms is pleased to announce a scholarship awarding $1,000 USD to a student who displays passion towards a culinary career in fine-dining.

Consolidated Food Service Scholarship:

Consolidated Food Service offers an annual $500 scholarship to students who are enrolled, or enrolling in our Professional Culinary or Pastry Art Programs. Applications are due by June the 15th and require a 500 word essay describing your interest in the field as well as what you hope to bring to the industry. Go to to apply.

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR),

which offers an array of scholarships and professional internships (domestic and international) on an annual basis. The application process opens each year in January with a deadline in late March or early April. The culinary school scholarships are site-specific to culinary schools that are WCR members.

Pro-Start: Restaurant Association of Maryland Educational Fund:

ProStart educates students, parents, counselors and teachers about hospitality careers and closes the gap between the classroom and the workplace, by creating quality work and learning experiences for both students and faculty. ProStart is the two-year career-building program for high school students. Whether students are looking to enter the job market directly after graduating, or if they plan to attend college, a ProStart graduate makes a solid candidate for success. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a qualified graduating high school senior in the state of Maryland.

The Washington, DC Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier (LDEI),

an international philanthropic society of women in the food, beverage and hospitality fields, offers a scholarship each spring to women who are entering the culinary profession or who are no more than half-way through their culinary education. The Les Dames D’Escoffier Scholarship for Education is given to qualified female applicants pursuing full- or part-time culinary, beverage or hospitality coursework. The amount of each scholarship given is a minimum of $1,000 and up to $5,000. The criteria that must be met by students applying for scholarships are set forth in the application form which can be found on Les Dames website beginning January of each year.

The James Beard Foundation

Network Executive in Hospitality (NEWH)

NEWH is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Hospitality Industry. Their goal is to further the industry through education. Each spring they offer a scholarship to eligible culinary students to assist with their education. For further information check out:

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

offers culinary scholarships for high school seniors and GED graduates.

Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation

offers culinary scholarships for high school seniors and GED graduates.
410-290-6800 or 800-874-1313

Maryland Higher Education Commission

offers scholarships for culinary students.

International Cake Exploration Societé

for students seeking a pastry career.

The iMove College Moving Scholarship

is an annual cash scholarship for students who are moving to out-of-state schools. Applicants must be enrolled or current students at the school they are describing in the scholarship form. The school must be in a separate state from the student’s primary residence. For more information, go

Educated Eats Scholarship:

Educated Eats awards up to $5,000 in scholarships to prospective students who demonstrate an interest and commitment to working in the restaurant industry. Scholarship eligibility is available to high school students and individuals currently working in the restaurant industry, who are interested in pursuing education in a culinary profession. The deadline to apply is April 15.


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