Beginning Your Career in Hospitality Management

One of the few “recession proof” industries on the planet, food services and the restaurant business are almost always on the lookout for high quality restaurant managers that can come in, take over an operation, and whip things into shape in record time – creating a restaurant that functions like a finely engineered Swiss watch, and one that is profitable as well!

Think you have what it takes to pursue a career in restaurant management?

If you have been seriously considering jumping headfirst into the world of becoming a restaurant manager, you have to know that you are going to need to be one of the “rare few” that actually has what it takes to get the job done right – and enjoy it!

Truth be told, there is a lot of stress and pressure placed upon those that have successfully completed a restaurant management training program or received their restaurant management degree from a high quality culinary institution (like the New England Culinary Institute, for example).

However, the rewards of becoming one of these elite restaurant managers are absolutely off the charts. You’ll have the ability to pilot your own course for your career, have the pick of the litter when it comes time to take advantage of different job opportunities, and command a fantastic amount of money (and no small amount of respect) all at the exact same time!

Here are just a couple of things you’ll want to think about when it comes time to start on the path to becoming a restaurant manager!

The first step is attending a high quality restaurant management school

The very first thing you’re going to want to do is determine which of the restaurant management school opportunities you want to attend.

Almost all culinary institutes (including the New England Culinary Institute) offer culinary management degree programs and some form or another of restaurant management training for all of their students – and that’s probably going to be your best bet when you’re looking to get the foundation of your education taken care of.

At the same time, it’s not a bad idea to think about taking advantage of specialty restaurant management training programs that may be available in your local area.

These programs are usually run by restaurant managers in their downtime (what little they have of it), and can give you a real look into the life of a restaurant manager before you take the plunge.

These kinds of restaurant management training programs are worth their weight in gold!

Really take a good, long, hard look at your skills and abilities

You’re going to need to make sure that you have the necessary skills and abilities to really excel in the world of restaurant management.

For one thing, you are going to have to juggle the real life stress and pressure of running a successful  restaurant.

That’s no small feat.

You are going to need to understand all of the different positions underneath you in and out just as though you were hired for them, how they fit into the grand scheme of things, and how to manage all of these employees to get the very most out of them.

It may not seem simple and straightforward at first (especially if you haven’t gone through a restaurant management school program just yet), but for the right person this is an incredibly rewarding position – monetarily and as well as personally!

The most important thing for you to remember is that you are going to have to wear multiple hats when it comes time to take advantage of a restaurant management position.

The more you know about your restaurant (and the more you rely on your restaurant management degree and your restaurant management training), the better off you are going to be!

 

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Culinary Arts School Prepares You for Exciting Careers

Culinary Arts School Prepares You for Exciting Careers

If you are serious about pursuing a career in the culinary world, you need to make sure that you are taking advantage of the very best culinary education possible – and not just because you’ll need the foundational skills and information that a degree from one of these prestigious culinary arts programs can provide!

There are a number of different reasons why the right culinary arts school program (or the decision to attend one specific culinary institute over a number) can have a transformative impact on the culinary jobs you are able to take advantage of immediately after graduation – and for the rest of your career, for that matter – so do not take this kind of decision lightly.

This quick primer gives you the insider information you need to better understand the overall value of a high quality culinary education!

Understand the value of a high quality culinary education

Obviously, long before you start to think about pursuing any type of culinary career or taking advantage of any culinary jobs, you’re going to need to have a foundational education in the culinary arts.

This goes far beyond being able to boil water, crank out a dish from a recipe, or figure out how to pair different foods with different drinks to come up with an innovative menu.

When you attend a high quality culinary school (like the New England Culinary Institute), you are going to learn absolutely EVERYTHING there is to know about the culinary world.

You are going to learn the tactical skills you’ll need to become a professional chef or cook, you’re going to learn the in-depth theory behind numerous cooking methods, and you’re going to get real practice in each and every one of these steps along the way so that you can ingrain these abilities and information.

By the time you are finished, you’ll be able to pursue just about any of the culinary careers out there, thanks to the formative education you’ve taken advantage of.

A world of career options opens up with the right degree

Secondly (and maybe more importantly), a degree from the right culinary arts school or culinary program can open up a world of culinary careers and culinary jobs that you would not have had access to otherwise.

Schools like the New England Culinary Institute (and a handful of others) are incredibly well connected and revered in the culinary industry, with alumni programs and other connections can open doors at businesses, restaurants, and culinary positions that aren’t going to be available to “mere mortals”.

This means you’ll be able to jump start any of the culinary careers you decide to pursue after graduation just by tapping into this dedicated alumni network and networking opportunity.

You can’t put a price on this kind of advantage!

Always make the best decision for your culinary career moving forward

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that you are always looking towards the future when it comes time to pursue your culinary education.

Before you attend your first class you’ll want to be thinking about the jobs you can get with a culinary school education, and really trying to understand your life immediately after graduation, a handful of years after graduation, and maybe 10 or 15 years down the road from there.

This kind of long-term perspective will definitely help you choose the right culinary program for your schooling, the right kind of degrees to support the culinary careers or culinary jobs you hope to work, and the right moves to make as you begin culinary life.

 

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Financial Aid: Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan

What Is An Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan?

 

Acceptance into college is a happy time with students breathing a sigh of relief that they got their first choice, maybe second or even that they’re going at all. Maybe a student is pursuing a dream that doesn’t just involve textbooks and term papers, but pots and pans in culinary school. But with the decision to pursue a culinary education comes the question of how to pay for it.

 

According to statistics, some 20 million Americans go to college each year and about 12% of them — or about 2.4 million — pay their tuition through borrowing. Student loan options are plentiful and one of the most common choices is an unsubsidized federal direct loan. Another option for parents borrowing on behalf of their child in college is the Parent PLUS Loan.

 

What is an unsubsidized federal Direct loan?

 

An unsubsidized federal direct loan is an option for college students to cover the cost of tuition at a variety of schooling paths: four-year college or university, a community college or junior college, trade, career or technical school (i.e. financial aid for culinary school). The loan comes from the U.S. Department of Education for schools and students that are eligible.

 

Just like any loan, the money must be paid back but an unsubsidized loan begins to accrue interest while the student is still in college. Subsidized loans, on the other hand, don’t collect interest during that period because the government pays the interest.

 

How do I get an unsubsidized federal Direct loan?

 

While some loan programs depend on the student’s income, unsubsidized loans can be borrowed depending on how much money a student makes. Unsubsidized loans can also be used for the undergraduate and graduate level; there is no time limit in place for how long college students can get an unsubsidized loan.

 

You can receive an unsubsidized federal Direct loan each academic year.

 

To be an eligible borrower, a student needs to:

 

●     Enroll at least half-time in a degree or certificate program at a school that is participating in the Direct Loan program

●     Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your school will use this information to determine how much you could receive from the Direct Loan program.

How much can I get through an unsubsidized federal Direct loan?

 

The annual loan limits are:

●     Freshman Year: No more than $5,500

●     Sophomore Year: No more than $6,500

●     Junior or Senior Year: No more than $7,500

●     Professional or Graduate Student: No more than $20,500

 

What about a Parent Direct Plus Loan?

 

There are options for parents to take out Direct loans to pay for their children’s college education. To be eligible to secure a Parent Plus loan, the parent must:

 

●     Be the parent (whether biological, adoptive or step parent) of a dependent undergraduate student who is enrolled at least half-time at a school that is participating in the Direct Loan program.

●     Have a child who completes and files a FAFSA.

●     Have a child who meets the bare minimum for financial need.

●     Have a cosigner who is not the student if they have a bad credit history.

 

What if my parents can’t get a Direct Plus Loan and I need more money?

 

Students whose parents are denied the Parent Plus loan may be eligible to receive an additional funds from an unsubsidized federal Direct loan.

 

When do I have to pay an unsubsidized federal Direct loan back?

 

The first thing to understand is that if you take out a loan, you will have to pay it back. An unsubsidized federal Direct loan is not a scholarship, grant or gift for which you are no longer responsible.

 

You can start repaying your loan when the payment is fully disbursed and that can be either after the academic year you needed the loan or, if you needed loans during your entire school career, after graduation. However, you may place your repayment on deferment for six months after you stop going to school at least half-time.

 

Is this loan a good option?

 

If you thoroughly research your options and make solid plans for repayment, the unsubsidized federal Direct loan can be a sound choice to help finance your education.

 

If you still need more information

Check out our Financial Aid Fact Book, or contact us via email at financialaid@neci.edu or by phone at 802-225-3243

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Financial Aid: The Parent Plus Loan

Should I Take The Parent Plus Loan?

The parent plus loan basically allows parents to pay back their child’s college fees through higher education. The loan has a low fixed rate and repayment terms which are considered to be very favorable. However, the loan will be in your parents name rather than yours. So, if you have been offered a Parent Plus loan, you might be curious about whether or not you should take it. Is the parent plus loan worth it?

In The Name Of Parents

One of the problems a lot of parents have with the loan is that while the award letter is addressed to the child or student, the Parent Plus Loan is put in the parents’ name. Even if you pay the loan on behalf of your parents, their credit history won’t be affected by the fact that it was successfully repaid.

Credit History Is Not Considered

The Parent Plus Loan scheme approves the vast majority of people unless they have an extremely large credit delinquency. If you’re worried about how your credit history may affect your ability to receive a loan, you might be interested to know that, the cut-off point is usually at 90+ day delinquencies outstanding. The Federal Loan scheme does not, however, take into consideration either debt-to-income or the parents actual credit score when they are awarding loans.

Reduced Rates Aren’t an Option

The problem with the Parent Plus Loan is that, there is no direct method of refinancing the loan available. There is absolutely no way that parents can get a reduced rate on the loan. In some cases, parents use home equity with a much lower rate to pay off their loan.

Repayment Begins Immediately

Before you take out the Parent Plus Loan you should be aware that you begin full repayment from the moment the Parent Plus loan is disbursed. Parents should be ready to start making full payments on Parent Plus as soon as they are disbursed.

One Child Over Another

If your family has a large number of children attending college, you should make sure that you do not over-extend on the Parent Plus Loans and end up favoring one child over another. In some cases, parents may have to decide which child to send to college.

Less Than Expected

When the loan is disbursed, the origination fee (4.288%) is removed from the loan so a $10,000 loan will only disburse $9,571 to the account holder

Fixed Rate

The Parent Plus Loan scheme operates on a fixed rate (6.41%) basis. For parents with a bad credit score, this is good news as their credit score is not taken into consideration so, they won’t get a higher rate due to excessive borrowing in the past. However, for parents with a good credit score, the news isn’t greeted with happiness as they are unable to get a lower loan rate despite having a better credit score than other parents.

If you’re looking for financial aid for culinary school, you might be considering a Parent Plus Loan but, before you accept any of the terms, you must decide whether or not the Parent Plus Loan is right for you. After all, you are going to have to pay back every penny so, if it’s not for you, don’t push yourself to take it. Before you consider taking out a Parent Plus Loan, you should make sure that there are absolutely no scholarship opportunities available. If there are scholarship opportunities available, you should apply for as many as possible in the hope that you might be awarded one of them. Scholarships will always be a better option.

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Financial Aid Basics for Culinary School

Financial Aid Basics for Culinary School

Now that you have gotten serious about pursuing your culinary education, you’re going to need to determine exactly how much this education is going to cost – something that is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward as most people have hoped.

Sure, the New England Culinary Institute has done absolutely everything it can to simplify and streamline this process. Each and every student has a unique financial situation, wants to pursue different degree programs, and may or may not have the crystal clear idea about how they want their culinary education to unfold – all key factors that will impact the overall cost of culinary school.

At the same time, if you are planning to take advantage of financial aid for culinary school you will need to come to as close to a “concrete number” as possible as far as your tuition is concerned – and this quick guide gives you a bit of extra insight into the process.

How much is attendance at NECI?

If you’ve been wondering whether or not you’re going to be able to afford tuition at the New England Culinary Institute, you’re going to need to figure out exactly how much it will cost for you to attend. We’re committed to providing a top notch culinary education at a value. For the years of 2014 & 2015, we’ve frozen our tuition rates, and we have a committed financial aid team that is here to assist you in finding the money you need to attend culinary school.

Depending entirely upon what you hope to study, whether you’re looking for a certificate in the culinary arts or a bachelors of arts in culinary arts, and a number of other critical factors, your tuition can vary greatly. The difference at NECI is that we

-          Have a great student to teacher ratio, this means personal attention

-          At NECI you “Learn By Living It” – our students learn in real restaurant kitchens. This makes them highly sought after candidates.

-          Job Board – We help our graduates to find employment so the ROI (return on investment) of your education comes quick

You’re going to need to look at the specific programs that you hope to attend, how you want your culinary career to unfold before you, and the specific educational opportunities that you’ll need to pursue your culinary career.

With that, you will know how much your culinary education will cost, and after that you can figure out exactly how much financial aid for culinary school you will need.

Can I afford culinary school?

Again, this is a next to impossible question to answer over the Internet, if only because every individual student will have different educational requirements and different financial means with which to pay for school.

The odds are fantastic, however, that you will be able to afford culinary school – especially when you decide to attend the New England Culinary Institute. The financial aid department at NECI has helped thousands of students get the high-level culinary education they’ve always wanted without “breaking the bank,” and is a fantastic chance that you’ll be able to enjoy the same kind of help and assistance moving forward.

3 ways to get money for culinary school you may not have thought of!

If you’re still wondering “can I afford culinary school,” you want to look at a couple of different ways to get money for culinary school that you may not have thought of previously.

New England Culinary Institute has a number of “on campus” positions that pay a reasonable wage, but also include financial aid for culinary school built right into them – maybe one of the best chances for you to attend this high-level culinary arts program.

Finally, you’ll want to look into obscure or lesser-known scholarships specifically designed for culinary arts students to help you get extra money that you’ll need for culinary school. It’s likely that restaurants, successful businessman, and other organizations in your local area provide exactly these kinds of scholarships, and you may be the only one to inquire about them – allowing the bulk of this funding to go directly to you!

You can start your search here:

-          College Board

-          Finaid

-          Fast Web

-          Scholarships.com

-          Scholarship America

-          Princeton Review Scholarship Database

-          Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (Scholarships for VT residents only)

Scholarships For A Culinary Education

-          James Beard Foundation General Scholarship

-          American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation

-          Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Foundation

-          American Institute for Wine and Food Culinary Scholarship for Vermont Students

-          National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

 

 

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Financial Aid Through AmeriCorps

Guide to Financial Aid Through AmeriCorps

Most people are well aware of the fact that joining the United States Armed Forces comes with a number of very attractive benefits, including a considerable amount of money to be used towards a higher education after (or during) the terms of enlistment have concluded.

At the same time, millions and millions of people are completely unaware of the fact that there are other federal organizations that are willing to provide considerable financial aid and scholarships to those that sign up and work closely with them – including the AmeriCorps federal service.

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to secure extra financial aid to help you pursue your dream of becoming a culinary professional, you’ll want to look into the AmeriCorps for culinary school opportunities that are provided by this amazing organization.

What is the AmeriCorps organization?

A lesser known organization dedicated to providing public services, educational opportunities, and hands on mentoring to the youth of America, AmeriCorps was designed and developed from the ground up to help create future leaders that would take America boldly into the future and continue to instill the tradition, culture, and drive in future generations.

By becoming a member of AmeriCorps you’ll be asked to volunteer your time to help meet the needs of your local community, acting as a community organizer, helping assist and mentor young people, creating neighborhood watch or local crime prevention programs, building homes or parks for those in need, or lending a helping hand to your neighbor.

The terms of service are nowhere near as “severe” as those you would be locked into when you decide to enlist in the armed forces, but you’ll still have the opportunity to take advantage of AmeriCorps scholarship for culinary school financial aid programs all the same.

Why would I want to take advantage of an AmeriCorps scholarship?

There are a seemingly endless number of reasons that you might be interested in taking advantage of this kind of scholarship program, but the most obvious is that you’ll be able to make a real and lasting impact in your community while working closely with this organization – and earn serious amounts of money towards your college education.

You can really start to build up a comfortable “nest egg” that will help you figure out how to pay for culinary school with AmeriCorps, an opportunity many millions of people aren’t even aware of.

Can I use an AmeriCorps scholarship or financial aid to pay for culinary school?

Yes!

When you decide to become a volunteer member of the AmeriCorps organization, you’re going to be able to lock in some very generous benefits – one of which is the ability to get federal financial aid and scholarships that you can easily apply to your culinary education.

How can I apply for an AmeriCorps scholarship or financial aid program?

The first stage of securing AmeriCorps scholarship for culinary school opportunities is actually signing up for a term of service with this amazing organization.

From there, you will be presented with a number of forms and applications that you will be required to fill out – as well as an eligibility determination for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Once you are determined to be eligible for that particular block of financial aid, you’ll be able to go through the necessary paperwork process required to apply it to your culinary education.

If you’re wondering “will I get money for school from AmeriCorps”, the answer is unequivocally yes – and you’ll also get a considerable amount of financial aid (at very favorable terms) to help offset any extra costs you may incur. You’re definitely going to be able to figure out how to pay for culinary school with AmeriCorps opportunities.

 

 

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