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
Kendall Achievement Scholarships are available for 2013 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. 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.
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.
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, a scholarship essay and official transcripts. Applicants who have been out of high school for fewer than five years must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 and 24 ACT (or SAT equivalent). Applicants who have been out of high school more than five years must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 from their most recent academic level and must submit a resume. 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 two weeks prior to the start of the intended term. Application.
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, a scholarship essay and official transcripts. Applicants who have been out of high school for fewer than five years must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85 and 26 ACT (or SAT equivalent.) Applicants who have been out of high school more than five years must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85 from their most recent academic level and must submit a resume. 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 two weeks prior to the start of the intended term. Application.
Kendall College Tuition Awards and Reductions
Community College Transfer
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.
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. Click here for more information.
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 $1000 Scholarship towards tuition at Kendall College. The scholarship is awarded in increments of $250 per quarter for the first four quarters of full-time enrollment. Click here for more information.
Laureate Lifelong Learner
As part of the Laureate International Universities network, Kendall College welcomes graduates and their family members from our fellow institutions† who want to earn their next degree. Proof of graduation from a GPS Institution required (transcript or confirmation of graduation status through The Office of the Registrar). You can receive a 15% tuition savings*on the lifetime of your program, as long as you maintain good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA), if you or your 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 siblings of current Kendall College students.
*Not valid for Tennessee residents.
A tuition reduction valued at 20% is offered to both active duty and retired military personnel who are enrolling 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
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, and want to obtain a teaching certificate, or current Illinois certified teachers who are looking to obtain an endorsement. Proof of Bachelor’s degree or Illinois Teaching Certificate Required. 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. Deadline for the application is five days prior to each term start.
Kendall College Charitable Trust
The Kendall College Charitable 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 KCCT website. The Kendall College Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit corporation and all donations to the Trust are tax deductible.
Other Scholarships and Awards
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 once each calendar year 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 and will accompany the Frontera team to Mexico during the summer. To qualify, the student must be of first or second generation Mexican origin. 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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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.