Financial Options | The French Pastry School

Financial Options

Financial Options

Starting in 2019, the full-time programs at The French Pastry School will be offered in partnership with Robert Morris University Illinois.  FPS will no longer be associated with City Colleges of Chicago after January 15, 2019.

We know you are passionate about pastry and pursuing your dream.  Now it's time to figure out the best way to pay for your education.  At The French Pastry School, we are committed to helping students explore all of the resources that may be available to help finance their education.  Our Financial Aid Director is ready to assist you in exploring a variety of funding options including federal student loans, grants, and scholarships.  Find out your options today by contacting us at

Total Program and Tuition Costs

Total costs include tuition, textbooks, course materials, individual toolkits, three sets of chef uniforms, all premium ingredients needed for classes, and access to all state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.  An application fee of $150 is applied toward your tuition.  


The following financial options may be available to eligible students of The French Pastry School enrolled in either the Pastry and Baking (L'Art de la Patisserie) or Cake (L'Art du Gateau) full-time certificate programs.  L'Art de la Boulangerie course is not eligible.  For information on L'Art de la Boulangerie program, visit

Tuition rates in all programs and courses are subject to change without prior notice.  Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago’s full-time programs (L'Art de la PatisserieL'Art du Gateau), taught by The French Pastry School, are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Financial Aid is administered through the Financial Aid Office at Kennedy-King College for those who qualify. 

Federal Programs

FAFSA - stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the amount of money a family contributes towards the costs of attending a postsecondary institution. The FAFSA application is critical because it is used to determine Federal Pell Grants as well as Direct Loan amounts.  Visit for more information. To begin this process you will need to complete a FAFSA form ( Our school code is 001654.

Federal Pell Grant - An undergraduate federal grant that does not need to be repaid. The U.S. Department of Education determines eligibility using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) formula. Applicants who already have a Bachelor's Degree not qualify for Pell Grants. To see if you qualify, please complete the FAFSA Application.

Federal Direct Loans -  There are two types of Federal Direct loans.  Visit for application procedures and additional information.  Download the Step-by-Step Direct Loan Instructions.

  • Direct Subsidized Loan - Awarded on the basis of financial need. The federal government pays the interest on the loan during your enrollment.  
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loan - Awarded without regard to financial need. Interest will accrue from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full unless the student chooses to make the interest payments while in school. 

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) - Available to parents of a dependent, (for dependency status visit and requires an additional application. Parents can borrow what Pell Grants and other financial aid or student loans do not cover. This is a credit-based loan. Repayment generally begins within 60 days of final disbursementIf parents do not qualify for a PLUS Loan, students may be able to apply for an additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan. Contact the Financial Aid office to determine if you are eligible, to obtain more information, and to understand the application procedures.

Military & Veteran Benefits - Pays tuition for undergraduate or graduate study for veterans at public colleges. The Pastry and Baking (L'Art de la Patisserie) and Cake (L'Art du Gateau) Programs are approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency for the enrollment of qualified veterans and/or other eligible persons to receive Montgomery GI Bill education benefits.  For additional information, please contact us.


Private Loans for Education

Private Education Loans, also known as Alternative Education Loans are private loans from banks and other lenders which are not federal aid programs.  They help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the limited amount the government allows you to borrow in its programs. Private loans are offered by private lenders and there are no federal forms to complete. Eligibility for private student loans often depends on credit score and they do not have the same interest rates, deferments, and benefits of federal loans. Federal student loans are almost always less expensive to repay than private loans.  Student loans are a long-term commitment and an investment in your education and you want to make sure your loan debt will not be overwhelming when you graduate.  Be a wise borrower – only borrow what you absolutely need.

Please contact us if you need assistance at 312.726.2419. 


Scholarships and Grants

French Pastry School Grant - The French Pastry School is committed to providing access to higher education and minimizing loan debt for all students. This grant is available to full-time students enrolled in the L’Art de la Patisserie and L’Art du Gateau programs. International students are not eligible for this grant.  

Scholarships are a form of financial assistance that does not require repayment or employment and is usually made to students who demonstrate or show potential for distinction, usually in academic performance.

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Additional Resources


The French Pastry School will cease to be affiliated with City Colleges of Chicago and Kennedy-King College on January 1, 2019.  All students (current and any enrolled for 2018 programs) will not be affected.  City Colleges of Chicago Financial Aid and International student visas will continue to be available to students who qualify through December 31, 2018.  The French Pastry School will continue to be one of the world’s leading accredited pastry institutions in 2019 and beyond.  Details and information about our new and exciting endeavors will be released soon.