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January 21, 2009

Cooking School in Houston, Texas Offers Many Financial Aid Options

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The Culinary Institute in Houston, Texas (www.culinaryinstitute.edu), is a cooking school that offers chef training to people from all over the world.  French chefs Alain and Marie LeNotre have commited themselves to making sure all students have a way to attend their cooking school in Texas if desired.

Listed below are the different forms of financial aid that they offer to students.  This information was taken from the Culinary Institute website (www.culinaryinstitute.edu).

Scholarship General Information

Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre provides several scholarships throughout the year. Scholarships range in amount from $250 to $1500 or higher and apply to tuition at the end of the program. To qualify for scholarships, students must demonstrate the ability to benefit from the training and be able to finance the remainder of their educational expense. To apply, first make an appointment to visit with a Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre Student Finance Office. With your help, the Coordinator will determine if you meet the program entrance requirements. You will then be asked to apply for a Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre Scholarship. Below are examples of scholarships currently available:

High School Merit – These are available for individuals who maintained good grades in either high school or college. A minimum high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.4 is required for consideration. Transcripts are required. You are also asked to submit a one-page essay explaining why you should be selected and how this scholarship will help you with your career objective.

Non Traditional Student – Applicants must be over 25 years old, never attended college, and submit a one paged typed essay autobiography including why you want to attend our school and what your accomplishments include.

Returning College Student Scholarship – This is a scholarship for individuals possessing at least one year of college. A one- paged typed essay is required explaining your goals and what you hope to accomplish while attending Culinary Institute of Alain and Marie LeNotre.

Single Parent Scholarship – Applicants must be able to show proof of child support or a statement saying that you do not receive child support. Type a one paged personal essay including why you want to attend our school and what you hope to accomplish.

Out of Town, Out of State and Foreign Student Scholarship – These are discretionary in nature and reserved for individuals that relocate to Texas in order to attend the Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre. Submit a one paged typed essay including your decision to leave your home state and what you plan to accomplish by attending the Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre.

Veterans Scholarship – Applicants must have served in the military and be able to provide at least one military reference (personal or professional). Submit a one paged typed biography about your time served in the military.

Culinary Endowment Scholarship – Must complete an application packet. Applicant must have at least six months of culinary experience and must be able to provide 2 letters of professional references and a two paged typed essay which answers the following questions:

  • Why are you seeking financial assistance?
  • Why should you receive a tuition scholarship?
  • What are your professional plans?

Students are encouraged to seek scholarships from private donors.


USA Funds to Accept Scholarship Applications Beginning December 15, 2008

USA Funds® will accept applications online beginning December 15, 2008 for $1,500 scholarships to students through the USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships® program. These scholarships will help low- and moderate-income students pay college expenses during the 2009-2010 academic years. Learn more about the program.

There are many outside scholarships that are available to our student and are both need based as well as non need based. A few resources and search engines include:

www.fastweb.com

www.finaid.org/scholarships

www.collegeboard.org

www.srnexpress.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Gates Millennium Scholars

General Scholarship Search Tools
http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/sections/apply.html

Financial Aid consists of Grants as well as Student Loans that our students qualify for to assist with funding your education. Financial Aid is not credit based but is based on your income from the previous year. The year that Dept of Ed is requesting is 2007, so your income for 2007 will be the determining factor for how much financial aid you will qualify for. The Culinary Institute of Alain and Marie LeNotre have teamed up with various lenders to provide your student loans and in the end; it is your decision which lender you prefer. Your own personal bank is also an option even if it is not on our lenders list. Just inform the financial aid department the name of the bank and we will do the rest.

DISCOVER BANK

Lender Code: 831312

Contact Information

Contact: CUSTOMER SERVICES DEPARTMENT
E-Mail: n/a
Phone: (877) 728-3030
Fax: n/a
Mailing Address: C/O DISCOVER STUDENT LOAN
P. O. BOX 30947
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84130 -0947
Physical Address: C/O DISCOVER BANK
12 READ’S WAY
NEW CASTLE, DE 19720

CHASE-JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.

Lender Code: 831144

Contact Information

Contact: CUSTOMER SERVICES DEPARTMENT
E-Mail: n/a
Phone: (800) 236-4300
Fax: n/a
Mailing Address: C/O GREAT LAKES HESC
P. O. BOX 7860
MADISON, WI 53707
Physical Address: 1 E. OHIO STREET
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46277

NELNET

Lender Code: 824573

Contact Information

Contact: SCHOOL SERVICES CENTER
E-Mail: ssc_texas@nelnet.net
Phone: (877) 804-3603
Fax: (888) 274-9876
Mailing Address: C/O NELNET
P.O. BOX 82596
LINCOLN, NE 68501 -2596
Physical Address: C/O NELNET
121 SOUTH 13TH STREET, SUITE 201
LINCOLN, TX 58508

SALLIE MAE EDUCATION TRUST

Lender Code: 802218

Contact Information

Contact: COLLEGE SERVICE
E-Mail: collegeserv.tx@slma.com
Phone: (888) 774-3149
Fax: (800) 875-5743
Mailing Address: C/O LSC/FL
P.O. BOX 147020
GAINESVILLE, FL 32614 -7020
Physical Address: SALLIE MAE LOAN SERVICING
1002 ARTHUR DR
LYNN HAVEN, FL 32444

SHELL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Lender Code: 834386

Contact Information

Contact: CUSTOMER SERVICES DEPARTMENT
E-Mail: n/a
Phone: (800) 736-5727
Fax: n/a
Mailing Address: C/O PPSLC
P. O. BOX 839
CANYON, TX 79015
Physical Address: 301 EAST 13TH STREET
DEER PARK, TX 77536

SUNTRUST EDUCATION LOANS

Lender Code: 820564

Contact Information

Contact: CUSTOMER SERVICES DEPARTMENT
E-Mail: n/a
Phone: (888) 272-5543
Fax: n/a
Mailing Address: C/O SALLIE MAE
P. O. BOX 9500
WILKES-BARRE, PA 18773 -9500
Physical Address: 1001 SEMMES AVENUE
RICHMOND, VA 23224

PNC BANK, N.A.

Lender Code: 809921

Contact Information

Contact: SCHOOL SERVICE
E-Mail: n/a
Phone: (800) 835-4611
Fax: (800) 508-0788
Mailing Address: C/O ACS
P.O. BOX 92251
LOS ANGELES, CA 90009 -2251
Physical Address: C/O ACS
2277 E. 220TH ST
LONG BEACH, CA 90810

COMPASS BANK

Lender Code: 822239

Contact Information

Contact: HESC LOAN ORIGINATION DEPT
E-Mail: loans@nthea.com
Phone: (800) 813-4372
Fax: (866) 792-7889
Mailing Address: C/O HESC
1250 E. COPELAND RD., SUITE 200
ARLINGTON, TX 76011 -4921
Physical Address: 729 FORT WORTH DRIVE
DENTON, TX 76201

Student Loan Programs

Sallie Mae Career Training Loan
This is an unsecured long-term loan (up to 15 years) that can be used to finance tuition, books, fees, certification test, etc., bearing an interest rate of 5.54% to 18% based on the applicant’s credit history and income level. Co-borrower may be required and is strongly encouraged, leading to lower interest rate. Principal payments are deferred while in school. This loan will also bear a loan-processing fee.

Shell FCU  Private Loan ( Membership is required) This is an unsecured long-term loan (up to 15 years) that can be used to finance tuition, books, fees, etc., interest is based on the applicant’s credit history. This loan will also bear a loan-processing fee.

Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre In House Plan
This unique option is available to students who are unable to provide acceptable credit history but is able to pay a minimum 20% of the full tuition as down payment plus other related fees and expenses. This loan option must be paid in full before graduation.

Types of need-based aid
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal PLUS Loan
Federal Perkins Loan

Assured Loan Programs

:: Assured Loan information request form

the Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre works with many lenders including Sallie Mae and several local credit unions and banks. If you have the dedication, we will find a way to get you the education.

the Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre goes so far as to assure that no one will be turned down for a student loan due to previous credit history including bankruptcies. Other conditions apply. Ask your training coordinator for details. Take the time out to visit our school and find out how you can qualify for an educational loan. Remember, at CIAML you cannot be turned down due to past credit history when you apply for an assured student loan.

Government Grant Programs

CIAML is approved to accept the following grant options and if qualified will provide referral information to a local government office.

:: Government Grant information request form

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The WIA program is administered through the Texas Workforce Commission. Grants are available through TWC to qualified unemployed, underemployed or displaced individuals. CIAML Training Center will provide you with TWC forms. Contact a Training Coordinator for additional information concerning a WIA grant, http://www.twc.state.tx.us

Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC)
Grants are available to disabled and other qualified rehabilitating individuals.
http://www.rehab.state.tx.us/

National Emergency Grant (NEG)
The National Emergency Grant aids dislocated workers in airline and tourism-related industries in Texas as a result of 9/11. The grant is administered through Texas Workforce Centers. The funds will aid laid off workers from Continental and American Airlines as well as Boeing, Vought, LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet along with others. Contact TWC to see if you qualify.
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA2002007.htm

Trade Adjustment ACT (TAA)
The TAA Program provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages have been reduced as a result of increased foreign imports. These benefits are administered by TAA counselors at Mid-Cities Work Force Center, Bedford 817-545-1809 or Richardson Workforce Center 972-234-5391 and most Texas Workforce Centers in surrounding communities in North Texas Council of Governments
http://www.doleta.gov/programs/factsht/taa.cfm

Veterans Administration Grants
Veterans may qualify for a number of educational or work related grant programs. Veterans should see http://www.gibill.va.gov for additional benefit information. See Veteran’s Assistance Services Veteran’s may also contact the veteran’s representative located at most Texas Workforce Centers.


Veterans Assistance Services

APPLICATION FOR VETERANS EDUCATIONAL ENTITLEMENT – Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill)
This benefit is for those veterans who served on an active duty after June 30, 1985 (Category I), those who had remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI Bill (Category II), and those who switched from VEAP before being involuntarily separated after February 2, 1991 (Category III).

Active duty persons who contributed to the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) should have the member 4 copy of the DD Form 214 for submission along with the Application for Educational Entitlement (VA Form 22-1990). Submit the 22-1990, DD-214 and your VA Form 22-1999 (Obtained from the school Admissions Office) to the Veterans Administration Miscogee Okla,
Fax # 918-781-7863.

VA Form 22-1990 is located at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/22-1990.pdf

APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF VETERANS EDUCATIONAL ENTITLEMENT

If you are already receiving benefits under the Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 and are changing schools, submit the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/22-1995.pdf to the Veterans Administration Miscogee Okla,
Fax # 918-781-7863.

APPLICATION FOR Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits – Chapter 31 EDUCATIONAL ENTITLEMENT

Applicants for the Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits (Chapter 31) must have a VA Disability Rating of 20 percent or higher and should complete the Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation, obtained from your VA representative. The VA will make payments directly to the school for tuition and fees. Contact: Veterans Affairs Chapter 31, 1200 Circle Drive, Suite 400A, Fort Worth, TX 76119 (817)534-3563.

VEAP/Veterans Educational Assistance Program – Chapter 32

This benefit is for those veterans who served between the Vietnam GI Bill Era and the Montgomery GI Bill era. Generally, between January 1977 and June 1985. Contact
Veterans Administration Miscogee Okla, Fax # 918-781-7863.

Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance – Chapter 35

This benefit is for surviving spouses and children of veterans who died of a service-connected death, surviving spouses and children of veterans who died as a result of a service-connected disability, or for surviving spouses and children of a veteran with a permanent service-connected disability.

APPLICATION FOR American GI forum BENEFITS

This benefit is for those veterans who served on an active duty during a campaign era. This is a supplemental veteran benefit. Application is through American GI Forum, 301 W 13th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817) 335-5111 Ext 3105.

Change to Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance – Chapter 35

If you are already receiving benefits under Chapter 35 and are changing schools or majors, submit the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/22-5495.pdf to the Office of the Registrar VA representative.

Reserve Guard Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 1606

Applicants for the Reserve Guard Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606) should submit a DD Form 2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program, with the Application for Educational Entitlement (VA Form 22-1990). http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/22-1990.pdf

For additional information about Veterans Benefits you may visit their web site at http://www.gibill.va.gov

Financial Aid Department Services

CIAML Training Center Financial Aid Department offers numerous student services. Several are listed here:

Loan / Grant documentation. The FA department will assist the student in completing forms; obtain credit reports and obtaining financial information.

Co-Signers. Various loans may require a guarantor or co-signer. The FA department will assist the student by contacting the cosigner on behalf of the student to explain the educational / job assistance program, and arrange signatures on required documents. The department will ship any documents.

Sponsorships. The FA department will work with the sponsoring organization or person to provide any information or complete forms.

Banks / Third party lenders. The FA department will work with banks and lenders to provide all necessary information on behalf of the school and the student.

2008-2009 Forms

Scholarships & Grants

In the 2006-2007 award year the CIAML awarded $162,909 in scholarships and grants to eligible students. Scholarships are a great way to help pay for school. Below are some scholarships available to students. For information about other scholarships, call our financial aid department or attend one of our Financial Aid Workshops.

Culinary Endowment and Scholarship

Thanks to the Culinary Endowment and Scholarship, Inc. and its generous sponsors, the Institute is able to offer scholarships to many deserving students. Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships as soon as possible because funds are limited.

Scholarship Guidelines:

  1. Fill out an application form.
  2. Typed 2 Page essay (double spaced) answering the following questions:
    • Why are you seeking financial assistance?
    • Why should you receive a tuition scholarship?
    • What are your professional plans?
  3. 2 letters of professional reference on business letterhead attached to reference questionnaire.
  4. A copy of driver’s license and social security card.
  5. Copy of 2 years of tax returns (family tax returns if applicant under the age of 21
  6. All educational transcripts or proof of GED
  7. Interview with an officer of the Culinary Endowment & Scholarship, Inc
  8. 6 Months experience in the food service industry

High School Merit Award – $500

Applicants must be a current High School student, have at least a 3.40 GPA, and submit a one-page typed personal essay describing how this was accomplished and what they plan to accomplish in the future.

Non-Traditional Student – $1,000

Applicants must be over 25 years old, never attended college, and submit a one-page typed autobiography to include why you want to attend our school and what you hope to accomplish.

Returning College Student – $500

Applicants must have attended at least one year of college, and submit a one-page typed essay explaining why you want to return to school, your goals and what you plan to accomplish while attending our school.

Single Parent Scholarship – $1,000

Applicants must be able to show proof of child support or a statement saying you do not receive child support, complete a FAFSA (Free Application fro Federal Financial Student Aid), and a one-page typed personal essay on your personal situation, including why you want to attend our school and what you hope to accomplish.

Veterans – $750

Applicants must have served in the military and be able to provide at least one military reference (personal or professional). You must submit a one-page typed biography during your active duty in the military.

Out Of State, And Foreign Student – $1,000

Applicants must relocate to the state of Texas in order to attend our school, and submit a one-page typed essay explaining your decision to leave your home state and attend our school and what you hope you can accomplish while attending our school.

If You Are Interested, Please Come By The Financial Aid Office For Details.”

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