The Cost and Benefits of Culinary School

When you compare the cost of an education to a car (a 2013 Hyundai Sonata costs around $26,000), doesn’t it seem like culinary school is an investment worth making? Your culinary education will last your lifetime. A car will only last 10 years or so. Sure, you’ll spend a short amount of time in the classroom, but the skills, memories, and connections will endure.

But even with the benefits, you still need to consider the cost. We get that. Here’s a listing of our five degree programs and their corresponding prices.

  1. Certificate in Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry: $19,550 for students enrolling at all of our campuses except Boston, St. Louis, Seattle, and Sacramento. For these campuses, tuition will remain $17,550.
  2. Associates Degree in Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry: $37,050 (Non-Resident International Students: $39,250)
  3. Associates Degree in Culinary Operations - Online: $24,550
  4. Associates Degree in Hospitality & Restaurant Management - Online: $23,050
  5. Bachelors Degree in Culinary Management - Online: $49,600

Of course, scholarships, financial aid, and student loans are available to those who qualify. These resources can help you with expenses.. Find out how to apply.

 How Much Is Culinary School Worth to You?

Is a culinary education worth more than new car? Would you be willing to dedicate the near future to skills courses? If the answer is “yes,” then the benefits make culinary school worth it and the cost a small price to pay.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit for more information. 

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