If your credit is in good standing, you can try a number of microloan organizations including these two outlets:
PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college or career school.
PLUS loans can help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.
Prosper Student Loans Micro lending
Credit based Micro lending for loans from $10,000 and up to $45,000
Refund will be given seven days in advance of the start of the program.
No refunds will be given after the program begins without a legitimate doctor’s note excusing you from the class. Then the refund will be given by check within a 60 to120-day period.
Credit will be given six days prior to the start of the class and throughout. This means that we will issue you a credit in the total or pro-rated amount to be used in the future for the same program.
Located in Sterling VA in the Dulles Town Ctr.
Full-Time DAY TIME Program: Starting at $11,500.00
8am-3pm Monday-Friday, 12 weeks of Instruction
Full-Time EVENING Program: Starting at $12,000.00
5pm-9:30pm Monday-Friday, 18 weeks of Instruction
Part-Time EVENING/WEEKEND Program: Starting at $12,500.00
5pm-9:30pm Monday/Tuesday & 8am-2pm every other Sat/Sun
Payment Plans Available! Tuition fees may be paid in monthly installments (subject to 5% surcharge per month). Installments must be received to attend classes. If you default you can resume classes once your payments are up to date.
With Cookology's Professional Program you can hone your skills by focusing on individual weeks of instruction, without committing to the entire program!
One Week Block $1500.00
Practical Study Classes 2 hour classes, various times. Check the blog for more information.
Please contact us for more information.
Most other culinary schools cost upwards of $35,000 for full professional instruction. Yet, most Chefs do not recommend going to culinary school because of the debt that hinders your ability to be flexible in the industry. We do not recommend spending 10-15 years paying off your student loans. What we do recommend is getting a solid culinary base of knowledge by working in our professional kitchen, not a classroom, and learning the proper techniques by real Chefs who have spent years in the business. In 12 weeks, which is 420 hours of instruction, you’ll accelerate your skill to the next level.
Is the Cost of Culinary School Really Worth it?
“You're asking the guy who went to culinary school. In my opinion, it really just depends on the person. But there's no question that it's a way to learn the basics. If you decide you want to go that route, you should definitely go to a good school — that doesn't mean just the CIA or Johnson & Wales — and you need to go to a school that's around good restaurants. I say this because I worked while I was in school and surrounded myself with eager people. I learned a ton.
At the end of the day, though, it's definitely not the only way to go. If I hadn't read my a$$ off and worked my a$$ off outside of school, taking a tape recorder everywhere with me so I could memorize terms and concepts, I don't think I'd have made it happen. It's about the dedication, which is something close to an obsession.”
- John Shields Restaurant: Town House, Chilhowie, VA
From Eater.com, Chef’s Weigh In: Is Culinary School Really Worth It?
This program offers you the most flexibility. Each class consists of thirty five hours of instruction taught over a two week period. Each week you’ll complete 17.5 hours of instruction, on a specific topic. You can purchase one week, which is a half week’s program, or you can take the full two weeks at a time. You can jump into the program at any time over a two year period.
PART-TIME EVENING PROGRAM
Classes Begin June 5, 2017.
Class link will be posted by April 24, 2017.
Class Holidays (No Class): July 3-7, August 28-September 4, October 30-November 3, November 20-24, December 18-31
FULL TIME DAY PROGRAM
Classes begin September 11- December 8, 2017
No classes week of November 20-24
Hours: 8am – 3pm Mon-Fri
FULL TIME EVENING PROGRAM
Classes begin September 4 - January 19, 2018
No classes weeks of November 20-25 & December 25-29
Hours: 5pm-9:30pm Monday-Friday, 18 weeks of Instruction
PART TIME EVENING/WEEKEND PROGRAM
Classes begin September 4 - September 4, 2018
Hours: 5pm-9:30pm Mon/Tue & 8am-2pm Every Other Sat/Sun, 52 weeks of instruction
Practical Study Classes: 2 hour classes, various times. Check the blog for more information.
Cookology’s Professional Culinary Program will give you the skills to become a comprehensive, multi-dimensional culinary professional, which means you can jump from restaurant employee making $12-$18 per hour, to caterer making $500-$5000 on a weekend, to personal chef pulling in $100-$350 per day. Or perhaps you want to be a chef instructor, this position pays anywhere from $12-$22 per hour, but a chef instructor who travels to off-site locations can book classes for $100-$300 profit for 5 hours of planning and instruction.
We’ll round out your education by teaching you practical business fundamentals, including how to startup and manage a successful business. Plus, we will take you through the key fundamentals of knowing your audience, effective promotions, marketing, public relations and social media, and how to measure it all.