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Financial Options

Financial Options

We know you're passionate about pastry and pursuing your dream.  Now it's time to figure out the best way to pay for your education.  At The French Pastry School, we are committed to helping students explore all of the resources that may be available to help finance their education. 

Our Financial Aid Director will assist you in exploring a variety of funding options including scholarship opportunities, loans and grants. We are here to help you, just reach out and ask!  Contact us at, we are ready to assist you.

Tuition rates in all programs and courses are subject to change without prior notice.

Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago’s full-time programs (L'Art de la Patisserie, L'Art du Gateau), taught by The French Pastry School, are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Financial Aid is administered through the Financial Aid Office at Kennedy-King College for those who qualify.  For information on L'Art de la Boulangerie program, visit




Total Program/Course Costs include: Tuition, books and course materials, three full uniforms, complete pastry tool kit, all premium ingredients, and use of state-of-the-art equipment. There are no additional fees upon registration confirmation. The application or program/course petition fee is applied toward the total tuition payment. Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis, and classes fill quickly, so it is in your best interest to apply early to ensure your space in the desired session.

The following financial options may be available to eligible students of The French Pastry School enrolled in either L'Art de la Patisserie or L'Art du Gateau full-time certificate programs.  L'Art de la Boulangerie course is not eligible.

For information on L'Art de la Boulangerie program, visit


Federal Programs

FAFSA - stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, and Federal Direct loan amounts. The FAFSA application is critical because it is used for Federal Pell Grants as well as Direct Loans.  Visit for more information. To begin this process you will need to complete a FAFSA form ( Our school code is 001654.

Federal Pell Grant - An undergraduate federal grant (free money). The U.S. Department of Education determines eligibility. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula is the standard criteria used in determining financial need. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you do not qualify, for a Pell Grant. To see if you qualify please complete the FAFSA Application.

Federal Direct Loans - There are two types of Federal Direct loans. Direct Subsidized Loan - Awarded on the basis of financial need. The federal government pays the interest on the loan during your enrollment.  Direct Unsubsidized Loan - Awarded without regard to financial need. Interest will accrue from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full unless the student chooses to make the interest payments while in school. Visit for application procedures and additional information.

Download the Step-by-Step Direct Loan Instructions.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) - Available to parents of a dependent, (for dependency status visit and requires an additional application. Parents can borrow what your Pell Grant and other financial aid or student loans don't cover. This is a credit-based loan. Repayment generally begins within 60 days of final disbursementIf your parents do not qualify for a PLUS Loan, you may be able to apply for an additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan. Check with the financial aid office to determine if you are eligible. For application procedures and additional information contact our office.

Military & Veteran Benefits - Pays tuition for undergraduate or graduate study for veterans at public colleges. L'Art de la Patisserie and L'Art du Gateau are approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency for the enrollment of qualified veterans and/or other eligible persons to receive Montgomery GI Bill education benefits.  For additional information please contact us.


Private Loan for Education

Private Education Loans, also known as Alternative Education Loans (private loans from banks and other lenders which are not federal aid programs), help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the limited amount the government allows you to borrow in its programs. Private loans are offered by private lenders and there are no federal forms to complete. Eligibility for private student loans often depends on your credit score and do not have the same interest rates, deferments and benefits of federal loans. Federal student loans are almost always less expensive to repay than private loans.   Student loans are an investment in your education, and you want to make sure your loan debt will not be overwhelming when you graduate. Student loan payments are a long-term commitment. Be a wise borrower: only borrow what you absolutely need.

Please contact us if you need assistance at 312.726.2419. 



Scholarships are a form of financial assistance that does not require repayment or employment and is usually made to students who demonstrate or show potential for distinction, usually in academic performance.

American Association of University Women- Awards women scholarships who are returning to school after a significant break in attendance. For more information please visit

American Culinary Federation – The ACF, along with the American Academy of Chefs offers scholarships for culinary college students through a donation from The Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation. Applications are due by May 1. For more information, please call the ACF Education Department at 800.624.9458 or visit this site.

American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens- Every year, Hundreds of scholarships are awarded to sons and daughters of police officers killed in the line of duty. For information visit

American Institute of Wine and Food - Contact them for additional details at

American Legacy Foundation Scholarship Program- Providing to scholarship to the children and grandchildren of current and deceased ADVA members. Find information at

APIASF General Scholarship- There are multiple scholarship opportunities that vary in award amounts and location. This scholarship is for Asian American and Pacific Islander high school seniors, current college students, and students with a GED that are starting college. View information at

Auto-Pets™ “Out-Of-The-Box-Thinking” Scholarship- The purpose of this scholarship is to get the younger demographic thinking differently about innovation, marketing, and retail. This is offered to any current student. View information at

Betty Medearis Memorial Scholarship– Elgin Area Branch of American Association of University Women offers one $1,000.00 scholarship to be used to meet under-graduate college expensesat a colleges or universities within a 50 mile radius of Elgin. All women, age 19 or older, who have completed at least 12 college credit hours are eligible to apply.

Captain Jennifer Shafer Odom Memorial Scholarships- The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist deserving spouses of current or former United States Army personnel in their pursuit of higher education. For more information visit

Chobani Scholarship- The Chobani Scholarship is awarded to female students who demonstrate an interest in communications; you must also love food and its positive impact on life and be currently enrolled or plan on enrolling in a culinary school. To qualify you must also be a resident of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania. For more information visit

College JumpStart Scholarship Fund- The purpose of this scholarship is to help financially support students who are wanting to attend school. Students must write three short essays to be qualified for scholarship. For more information, please visit

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County- This foundation offers multiple scholarships to college students, high school students and adult learners who are from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. For information visit

Community Scholarship Program- Provides scholarships to students who live in San Diego. Last year the scholarship was awarded to more than 1,000 students. Click the link to find more information

Consolidated Food Service Scholarship- This scholarship is awarded to high school students or currently enrolled college students who are looking to enter the Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management fields. This scholarship is to support the next generation of innovative chefs and restaurant managers. Visit the website for additional information

Debt.comScholarship- Awards students scholarships just for applying to as many scholarships as possible. New scholarship winners chosen every two months. Visit for details.

Digital Responsibility- This organization was started by a group of Silicon Valley tech employees who wished to share with young people the personal and public consequences of technology. Four different Scholarship opportunities are available throughout the year, each totaling $1,000.00

EK Insurance– offers an annually scholarship to a single student enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year on a full-time basis and in good academic standing at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Visit learn more.

For the Love of Chocolate Foundation - For the Love of Chocolate Foundation provides scholarships for qualified students in the specialized training of the pastry arts. The foundation awards scholarships to full-time programs taught by The French Pastry School for the City Colleges of Chicago. Please visit for more details.

Foster Care to Success- Provides multiple scholarships to students of the Foster Care system in all 50 states. For information on scholarships available, visit

The Foundation for the Carolinas- The foundation currently administers 148 scholarship programs. These scholarships are available for students attending public and private institutions at graduate and undergraduate levels. Please visit

Got Chosen- $5,000.00 scholarship drawing, a participant must have at least one post with a minimum of 10 upvotes. No GPA, essay, or financial need requirements. Open to all fields of study, this scholarship award must be used for educational expenses. US and International students can apply.

Idaho Community Foundation- Several scholarships that are offered to students who are residents of Idaho.

 “I Matter” Scholarship- Will provide tuition assistance to graduating seniors enrolling in an accredited undergraduate program

Illinois Restaurant Association - Awards scholarships to students seeking post secondary education and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

International Cake Exploration Society - Promotes the art of cake decorating by awarding scholarships to applicants deemed most likely to develop and promote the art form. Please see for additional information.

International Dairy. Deli. Bakery Association - Offers awards to high school seniors and current or returning vocational, technical or college students. Awards range from $250 to $1000 per semester.

International Foodservice Editorial Council(IFEC) Scholarship- This scholarship is for students preparing for a career in writing or public relations within the foodservice or food and beverage industry. To see more requirements and more information please visit

International Food Services Executives Association - Offers scholarships to students attending food service related institutions. For additional information contact them at

Italian Catholic Federation- Provides scholarships to students who are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent. Please contact at

Jack Renner Vocational Scholarship- Offers scholarships to graduating NCHS seniors, Students of the NC area Career Center for two years, financial need, seeking a vocational certification or a two- year associate’s degree. Only offered to students from New Castle, IN. Please see the link for more information

James Beard Foundation - The foundation offers a number of scholarships. Please contact them for details on or call 800-36-BEARD.

Kennedy-King College of City Colleges of Chicago - The Kennedy-King College Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance for deserving students based upon financial need and/or scholastic merit.  Please find more details here.

Kit Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund- This scholarship is awarded by the Cookie and Snack Bakers Association (CASBA) to students who have family members or are a member of CASBA. For additional information please see

Les Dames d’Escoffier-Chicago - Educates and mentors women in the culinary professions. For additional information contact them at

The Love Your Career Scholarship- Offers a scholarship to passionate and excited students who are looking to continue their education. For more information visit

Marianjoy Scholarship Program- Awards scholarships to students with disabilities to help them to further their education, pursue opportunities for growth, explore new possibilities, and achieve their dreams. Applicant must be a permanent resident in one of the following Illinois counties: Cook; DeKalb; DuPage; Kane; Kendall; McHenry; or Will -“ National Scholarship Contest” The essay winner selected will receive a $1500 scholarship. Each semester (spring and fall), one recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship to the institution of their choice. To learn more visit

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship -This scholarship recognizes and supports individuals diagnosed with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education. To find out more information please visit

Money Geek- Awards many scholarship for African American students continuing their education. Requirements and eligibility change depending on the scholarship that is being applied for. To see the numerous amounts of scholarships, check out

Moseley Collins – Is a Personal Injury Lawyer in California who is dedicated in assisting others to obtain their education goals. Five different scholarship opportunities are offered to students. To learn more visit

Movoto Real Estate “5 Hidden Gems Of My City” Scholarship Competition - what makes your city a great place to call home. Show us your community’s one-of-a-kind restaurants, attractions, or historic sites and you could receive a scholarship worth $1,000.00

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation - Assists qualified undergraduates in restaurant and food service post-secondary programs. You can make contact with them at

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation- This foundation offers a scholarship called career aid for technical students. It is available for students between the age of 17 and 23 who are attending a two-year or another short term training program. Additional information can be found at

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation - aims to carry on some of Mink's most ardent commitments, one of these isEducation Support Awards of up to $5,000.00 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training.

Pointe Pest Control Scholarship- Awards a need based scholarship to high school seniors or college freshman from the state of Illinois. For more information please visit

Rapid Formations Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme- Open to all individuals who are currently undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate study at an officially-recognized higher learning institution in the UK or the US. The aim of the award is to assist with the financial costs of study, through which the acquisition and development of skills will potentially culminate in a successful enterprise.

Restaurant Association Maryland- This scholarship is offered to students that are going into the hospitality field and are also residents of Maryland. For additional information please visit

Return2College -This scholarship is perfect for those returning to school at any age! For additional information please visit

Robert W. Hiller Scholarship – This is a national award through the Wisconsin Bakers Association for students studying baking and pastry arts. The WBA also has the WBA Scholarship available to students from Wisconsin.For more information contact the WBA Member Services Center at (800) 542-2688 or visit

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship-Helps students afford the education of their dreams by offering four scholarships to students with financial need. These students must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. View these scholarships at

Soroptimist - a global women’s organization that offers the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards to assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

The Tall Clubs International Foundation- Offers first year college students scholarships for being tall. Men must be at least 6’2 and women must be at least 5’10. For more information

Thrivent Financial - A Christian financial strategies company that offers scholarships to Thrivent members and prospective members. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. The deadline to enter the Summer Scholarship drawing is Aug. 10, learn more at

Unigo Group- Offers a variety of scholarships annually to students attending an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education. For more information visit

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs - You must be a member to apply. Please see for more details.


Additional Resources


The French Pastry School will cease to be affiliated with City Colleges of Chicago and Kennedy-King College on January 1, 20198. Current French Pastry School students will not be affected by this change. All students who enroll at The French Pastry School prior to the July 2018 and September 2018 terms in the following L’Art de la Patisserie and L’Art du Gateau programs respectively will not be affected, as they will be scheduled to complete their program no later than the 2018 fall term. The French Pastry School will continue to offer its two certificate programs at City Colleges of Chicago/Kennedy-King College, the Professional Pastry and Baking Certificate Program and the Professional Cake Decorating and Baking Certificate Program through the 2018 fall term at the current location. Until December 31, 2018, City Colleges of Chicago Financial Aid and International student visas will continue to be available to students who qualify.

The French Pastry School will continue to be one of the world’s leading accredited pastry institutions, moving to a new location in 2019. Details and information about these new and exciting endeavors will be released soon.

Please contact us if you need any additional assistance at 312.726.2419. We are happy to help you.