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

$950. Our school offers a Veterans Tuition Scholarship for the purpose of providing 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. LADC is proud to support our service men and women and their families, and is dedicated to helping build lasting careers for our veterans after their military service.

The Bill Jackson Memorial Scholarship

$600 – $1,500. A 200- to 250-word essay is required. Available to enrolled students during Phase 1. 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


Pastry students only. $4,000. Competition held in Fall. Dessert entry required. 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, LADC offers 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 $4,000 tuition credit scholarship to the professional Pastry Arts Program.

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

Consolidated Foodservice Scholarship:

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

Coupon Chief Scholarship:

$1,000. YouTube video required. Deadline to apply is July 31. Coupon Chief is awarding one winner a $1,000 scholarship for uploading a short YouTube video about how you save money as a student or about a coupon haul you have made. Videos must be uploaded by July 31 and must link back to their scholarship page.

Educated Eats Scholarship:

Up to $5,000 awarded. Deadline to apply is April 15. Educated Eats scholarships are awarded 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.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:

Amounts and requirements vary. Applications usually accepted between December and May. The NRAEF offers culinary scholarships to high school seniors and GED graduates.

Network Executive in Hospitality (NEWH):

Amounts and requirements vary. 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.

Restaurant Association of Maryland:

Amounts, requirements and deadlines vary. Restaurant Association of Maryland offers culinary scholarships for high school seniors, GED Graduates, and college students.

The James Beard Foundation:

Amounts and requirements vary. Deadline in late spring. The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program offers a number of scholarships that vary each year. The amounts and requirements for the scholarships vary. Applications usually become available in April with a postmark deadline in May.

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

Amounts vary. Resumé, essay and letters of reference required. Deadline in spring. LDEI is an international philanthropic society of women in the food, beverage and hospitality fields that 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.

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR):

Amounts vary. Applications open in January and close in March or April. WCR 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.


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