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, Renee Bohus, will assist you in exploring a variety of funding options including scholarship opportunities, loans and grants.  She understands firsthand what your needs are as she too is an alumni of the school, and has personally experienced your journey.  Renee has been with The French Pastry School since 2003, assisting each student with guidance to secure funds they need for attendance.  

We are here to help you, just reach out and ask!  Contact us at financialoptions@frenchpastryschool.com, 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 www.fpsbread.com.

 

 

 

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 www.fpsbread.com.

 

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.  Visitwww.studentaid.ed.gov for more information. To begin this process you will need to complete a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.ed.gov). 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 www.studentloans.gov 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov/before015.htm) 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. Visit www.ccc.edu/services/pages/military-and-veteran-educational-benefits.aspx for additional information.

 

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

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 Institute of Wine and Food - Contact them for additional details at www.aiwf.org.

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 http://www.afp-cc.org/programs.html#scholarships.

American Legacy Foundation Scholarship Program- Providing to scholarship to the children and grandchildren of current and deceased ADVA members. Find information at http://americal.org/cmsaml/index.php/scholarships.html.

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 http://www.apiasf.org/index.html.

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 http://www.litter-robot.com/blog/out-of-the-box-thinking-scholarship/.

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 http://www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org/

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 http://scholarships.nywici.org/scholarship-application

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 http://www.jumpstart-scholarship.net/application-us/

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 http://www.cfsarasota.org/bReceivebgrantsscholarships/Scholarships.aspx

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 https://www.sdfoundation.org/students/community-scholarship-program/

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 http://www.consolidatedfoodservice.com/scholarship

Debt.comScholarship- Awards students scholarships just for applying to as many scholarships as possible. New scholarship winners chosen every two months. Visit http://www.debt.com/our-story/scholarshipsfor details.

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 www.fortheloveofchocolatefoundation.org 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 http://www.fc2success.org/our-programs/information-for-students/

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 http://www.fftc.org/

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

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 www.ices.org 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. www.Iddba.com

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

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 http://www.henrycountycf.org/scholarship/jack-renner-vocational-scholarship/

James Beard Foundation - The foundation offers a number of scholarships. Please contact them for details on www.jamesbeard.org 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.

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

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

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 http://www.shireadhdscholarship.com/US/about.aspx

 

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 http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-black-students/

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

Return2College -This scholarship is perfect for those returning to school at any age! For additional information please visit http://www.return2college.com/awardprogram.cfm

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 www.wibakers.com.

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 http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships

Unigo Group- Offers a variety of scholarships annually to students attending an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education. For more information visit https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships.

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

Additional Resource - www.fastweb.com.

 

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