Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a culinary arts degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 7,886 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

6% below average compared to other degrees

$ 8,979 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

55% below average compared to other degrees

$ 30,127 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

7% below average compared to other degrees

What do culinary arts graduates earn?

Culinary arts students make an average of $50,946 per year after graduation. This is 24% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 50,946 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 16% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular culinary arts schools in the US

There are 30 schools in the US that offer a culinary arts degree. The culinary arts schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are Drexel University, Southern New Hampshire University and University of Akron Main Campus. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in culinary arts per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
Drexel University$52,002
Southern New Hampshire University$31,136
University of Akron Main Campus$10,270
Johnson & Wales University-Providence$31,508
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus$12,119
SUNY College of Technology at Delhi$8,120
The University of Montana$7,063
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred$8,327
ECPI University$15,051
Monroe College$14,976

Top US schools for a culinary arts degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering culinary arts degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
College of the Ozarks13%$19,130
Clinton Essex Warren Washington BOCES33%$null
Eastwick College-Hackensack41%$14,832
Louisiana Culinary Institute46%$14,575
Monroe College52%$14,976
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas56%$5,860
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla57%$5,860
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce59%$5,872
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus60%$6,013
Washington Adventist University61%$23,400

Cheapest US schools for a culinary arts degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a culinary arts degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Luna Community College$1,298
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Branch Community College$1,540
Central New Mexico Community College$1,578
Vance-Granville Community College$1,948
Cochise County Community College District$1,968
University of New Mexico-Taos Campus$1,974
South Piedmont Community College$1,995
Alamance Community College$2,036
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana$2,088
Phoenix College$2,094

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