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    California Accepted Students Info

  • Information for Students Starting in September, January, or April

    Welcome to the CIA family!

  • Follow these steps to get started:

    Step 1

    Let everyone know you’re CIA bound! Pay your deposit on the student portal.

    Step 2

    Filed your FAFSA yet? Don’t delay, it’s easy. Don’t know which FAFSA to file? Read below.

    Step 3

    CIA Main Menu—your student portal—is your one-stop shop for important information, deadlines, and forms.
  • California Campus FAQs—Got Questions?

    Check our FAQs for California Accepted Students. Remember you can always reach out to the CIA Enrollment Team with any questions at enrollment@culinary.edu or 1-800-CULINARY.

    Check them out now
  • Everything You’d Expect from a Campus Visit—Online!


    Tour a CIA California Campus Residence Hall

    Check out what a typical California campus dorm room is equipped with before you pack to come to campus!


    Guided Tour of Campus

    Get a firsthand look at the CIA’s Napa Valley campus in St. Helena, CA.

    Interactive Campus Map

    Take a look inside our residence halls, academic facilities, and more!

    Visit our to learn more about CIA’s academics, campus life, financial aid, and more!
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid ().

    The CIA federal code is 007304. Every year, students are able to file the newest FAFSA (for the following year) beginning in October.

    Which FAFSA Should I File?

    Entry Date FAFSA Year
    2024–25 2025–26
    September 2024 Yes —
    January 2025 Yes —
    April 2025 Yes Yes

    * Please note: The 2025–26 FAFSA will be available in October 2024. Students will need to file a FAFSA each year while in attendance.
  • CIA Chefs Present: Lessons From Home


    Knife Safety and Care

    Safety first! Chef Tobias checks in to show you how properly handle and sharpen your knives.


    Knife Types

    Learn the best knife for the job with Chef DelleRose and get a peek at his personal collection.


    Knife Cuts

    Get cutting with Chef Garniero. He walks you through some basic cuts you’ll learn in Culinary Fundamentals.

    Keep Watching!

    Check out additional from your future CIA chefs.