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Financial Assistance Opportunities

There are numerous scholarships, awards and tuition reductions available based on academic achievement, financial need, interests and special needs and criteria.

Kendall College Scholarships

Achievement Scholarship

Kendall Achievement Scholarships are available for 2014 High School graduates who are nominated by their high school. The student is eligible to receive an award of 25% of the cost of tuition, if they are selected based on their submitted essay. The student must have a high school minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, a minimum ACT/SAT score of 18/1290 and the nomination form must be submitted to Kendall by school personnel. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student's degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment and remains in good academic standing. Application deadline is May 31 (summer term start) or August 31 (fall term start). Application | Nomination form.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time award available to prospective students who are referred to Kendall College by a Kendall College graduate. This award is valued at $1,000 and will be disbursed equally over the first three quarters of the student’s enrollment at Kendall so long as the student maintains continuous enrollment and maintains good academic standing. This scholarship may be used for any of Kendall’s four programs. Scholarship submittal deadline is the same date as the intended term start application deadline. Application.

Dean’s Scholarship

One Dean's Scholarship valued at 25% of the cost of tuition will be awarded per term for each of the Kendall Schools of: Business, Culinary Arts, Education and Hospitality Management. Any first time enrolled student who meets the academic entry requirements may apply for an award. All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from either a professional or academic source citing the student's abilities to succeed in his or her chosen field, an essay demonstrating commitment to the field of study, resume and official transcripts. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above in the most recent academic level. If High School is the most recent academic level, an ACT score of 24 or above (or SAT equivalant) is required. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student's degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment and remains in good academic standing. Deadline for the application is three weeks prior to the start of the intended term. Application.

Presidential Scholarship

One Presidential Scholarship valued at 50% of the cost of tuition will be awarded per term. Any first time enrolled student who meets the academic entry requirements may apply for an award. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from either a professional or academic source citing the student's abilities to succeed in his or her chosen field, an essay demonstrating commitment to the field of study, resume and official transcripts. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or above in the most recent academic level. If High School is the most recent academic level, an ACT score of 26 or above (or SAT equivalant) is required. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student's degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous, full-time enrollment remains in good academic standing. Deadline for the application is three weeks prior to the start of the intended term. Application.

Kendall College Tuition Awards and Reductions

Community College Transfer Award

Any first-time enrolled student who has earned at least 12 completed semester hours or 18 completed quarter hours from an accredited community college (does not include developmental courses) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is eligible for 15% off the cost of tuition. Applicants must submit official community college transcripts. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student's degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous enrollment and remains in good academic standing.

Education Partner

Kendall College works with its Education Partners to help their employees further their education and skills. Employees and immediate family members of Kendall College Education Partners are eligible for partner benefits. The reduction is for the entire length of the student's degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment and remains in good academic standing. Click here for more information. Verification Form

Institutional Grants

Kendall Merit Scholarships are awarded based on prior educational achievement as reviewed at the time of enrollment. Awards are based on a combination of financial need, as determined by the annual FAFSA results, and the entering grade point average (GPA) that is used to determine enrollment eligibility. Generally, Kendall institutional awards are not concurrent. A student with eligibility for more than one Kendall institutional award will be awarded the higher of the two Kendall institutional awards. Students attending prior to the Summer 2010 term will continue to receive the institutional awards they previously received as long as they maintain GPA and enrollment criteria previously established for those awards. Unless otherwise stated Kendall institutional awards are only available during terms where students are enrolled full-time.

Kendall Summer Camp

All campers who attend Summer Culinary Camp are awarded a $1,000 Scholarship towards tuition at Kendall College. The scholarship is awarded evenly over the first three quarters of full-time enrollment. Application.

Laureate Lifelong Learner

As part of the Laureate International Universities network, Kendall College welcomes graduates and their immediate family members from our fellow institutions† who want to earn their next degree. Proof of graduation from a GPS Institution or current full-time Kendall status is required (transcript or confirmation of graduation status through The Office of the Registrar) and this attestation form. The student can receive a 15% tuition reduction* on the lifetime of their program, as long as the student maintains good academic standing, and if the student or immediate family member is a graduate of one of these Laureate universities:

  • Kendall College
  • Walden University
  • The National Hispanic University
  • NewSchool of Architecture and Design
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design

†Valid for immediate family members of current Kendall College students.
*Not valid for Tennessee residents.
Immediate family member is defined as parent, spouse, domestic partner, child or sibling.

Military Tuition Reduction 

A tuition reduction valued at 20% is offered to both active duty and retired military personnel who are enrolling in a degree program for the first time at Kendall College. The reduction is valid through the entire life of enrollment at Kendall so long as the student maintains good academic standing; reporting at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Proof of military service is required. Eligibility for offer ends if the student graduates from this program, withdraws, and/or becomes inactive duty or defers to another term. If the student is called to active duty while enrolled, the student's scholarship will be re-instated should he/she still meet eligibility upon their return. Kendall College also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program in conjunction with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Please contact The Office of the Registrar to see if you are eligible.

Teacher Continuing Education Award

A tuition reduction valued at 15% is offered to both newly enrolled students and graduates of the Early Childhood Education Program at Kendall College. This reduction is available to students who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, and want to obtain a teaching license, or current Illinois licensed teachers who are looking to obtain an endorsement. Proof of Bachelor’s degree or Illinois Teaching License and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 from the institution that conferred the Bachelor's Degree are required. The reduction is valid through the entire life of enrollment at Kendall so long as the student maintains continuous enrollment and remains in good academic standing; reporting at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Deadline for the application is five days prior to each term start.

Tribeca Transfer Award

AAS graduated students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy can receive a 10% tuition reduction for the life of the program at Kendall so long as the student stays continuously enrolled and in good academic standing. Proof of transripts are required.  

Kendall College Trust

The Kendall College Trust is dedicated to providing financial support for students of need enrolled in career programs at Kendall College. Scholarships are available for students in career programs who have completed their first year of study. For more information please visit the KCT website. The Kendall College Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit corporation and all donations to the Trust are tax deductible.

Other Scholarships and Awards

American Culinary Federation (ACF) Education Foundation Secondary Certified Program Award

Certified Graduates and Junior Culinarians from American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Secondary Certified programs are eligible to receive a 15% tuition reduction for the life of the program in either Culinary Arts, Business or Hospitality Management at Kendall College. The student must stay continuously enrolled and maintain good academic standing. Proof of transcripts and NOCTI score of 70% or higher are required.

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Postsecondary Program Award

Recipients of an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry from any American Culinary Federation Education Foundation accredited postsecondary program are eligible to receive a 15% tuition reduction for the life of the program in the bachelor's degree completion program in the Kendall College School of Business online or on campus. Applicants must submit official college transcripts. The scholarship is for the entire length of the student's degree program, so long as the student maintains continuous enrollment and remains in good academic standing.

Frontera Match Scholarship

The Frontera Scholarship, in partnership with Rick Bayless, is valued at 100% direct tuition costs* for the AAS in culinary arts or AAS in baking and pastry†. The scholarship is awarded every two (2) years to a candidate who meets all the requirements. Once the candidate is selected by the panel, he or she will be required to satisfy community service projects, accompany the Frontera team to Mexico during the summer and will do their internship with the Frontera Team. To qualify, the student must be of first or second generation Mexican-American. In the case of a second generation student, at least one of the parents must be of Mexican origin. To verify, applicant must submit: official documentation of Mexican birth or citizenship of the applicants or the applicant’s parents. Student must have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA, be a current senior in high school in a Chicago Public School (CPS) or graduated from a CPS high school within the last year and demonstrate some level of foodservice experience or food classes at the high school level. The applicant must be admitted as a student at Kendall College and submit the application and proper paperwork by the scholarship deadline. Application form

*Direct tuition is the cost of schooling but does not include books, supplies or housing.
†Must be completed in seven quarters.

Student Organization Competition Awards

Kendall College grants eligible students who participate in state and national competitions tuition awards ranging from $500 - $18,000 based on competition and standing.

Review eligible competitions here.

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Notes:
Scholarships and awards are generally available for first-time enrolled at Kendall students only and may not be combined with need-based institutional awards, or any other tuition reduction.

To receive need-based grants, the student must meet all eligibility requirements and complete a FAFSA and the Kendall College Financial Aid Application.