A passion and love for cooking can be made into a career that pays well by attending one of the many culinary schools in the U.S. But does this exciting and popular career cost too much to pursue? Thanks to payment plans and other options, the cost of culinary school doesn't have to stop you from pursuing your dreams.


As with colleges and universities, no two culinary schools are the same. Some courses may be taught by master chefs and some accredited programs may help you obtain a job at a top-rated bakery or restaurant straight out of school. Of course, with these perks, certain schools may cost more than others. However, it's important to weigh the benefits of costlier schools.

Average Cost

Depending on where you hope to earn your degree, the cost will change. Community colleges cost about $2,000 to $5,000 per year (as of 2010) while culinary schools will range from $7,000 to $36,000.

The more highly regarded programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and wine and beverages range from $27,000 and $30,000 per year.

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Remember to factor in the cost of application fees, registration fees and deposits.

Also, keep in mind that although the cost of culinary school may seem overwhelming at first, schools offer financial aid, scholarships, monthly payment plans and other options to assist you in gaining an education.

About the Author

Nicole Gordon is a graduate from the University of Central Florida and has been a freelance writer for over seven years. During her freelance career Gordon has written for such publications as the Orlando Sentinel online, Axis magazine and various other websites.