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Financial Aid

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NECI is dedicated to making the education we offer as affordable and accessible as possible. We understand that your commitment to a culinary education involves a significant investment of time and financial resources—our Financial Aid Office is here to help you. Throughout the process, NECI's Financial Aid Office provides information on the application process, scholarship opportunities, state, federal, and private aid availability, and tuition payment plans to make attendance financially possible for you and your family. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Over 80% of NECI students receive Financial Aid assistance.

If you would like to be considered for federal, state, and institutional need-based aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically, and at no charge, at www.fafsa.ed.gov. NECI’s school code is 015904. You will receive an email with a link to your processed FAFSA.

You and a parent (if you are a dependent student) will first need to apply for a FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov prior to signing the FAFSA.

The FAFSA data is used to determine your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, state grant. Be aware that some state agencies require you to complete an additional state grant application as well. Check with the Financial Aid Office if you are unsure which year FAFSA you should complete. 

Financial aid eligibility is determined by information provided on the FAFSA form and any required documentation. Financial aid is disbursed to your account by term.

We strongly encourage students and parents to complete the IRS Data Retrieval process within the FAFSA application, if you are eligible. We advise you to file your prior year federal tax returns electronically first, wait three weeks for the IRS to process, then complete and submit the FAFSA for processing using IRS Data Retrieval if you or your parents are eligible to do so. If there will be a delay in filing your tax return or you are in need of a financial aid estimate before you can confirm your enrollment plans, you have the option of completing the FAFSA with estimated income figures and submitting a correction to your FAFSA income section(s) at a later time once your tax return is filed.