Tuition and Fees

Tuition Coverage

Tuition covers the cost of instruction, evaluation, standard administrative processing, and use of school facilities. 

Materials, Supplies, and Textbooks

Students are supplied with their uniforms, aprons and hats. Residential students are also supplied with either a knife kit or a pastry kit depending on the program.

To ensure each residential student has the necessary materials for their chosen program, NECI orders each student a standard materials package of uniforms and culinary tools. The cost of this package is included in NECI Materials and Knife Kit fee. Materials and/or Knife Kits are available for pick-up subsequent to registration. Refunds are not provided for unused materials.

NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks and footwear. A list of program specific textbooks and the estimated cost is available a here.

Changes to Tuition and Fees

Students are provided preliminary charges for tuition, room, board, fees and materials during the admissions process. New England Culinary Institute may adjust charges, excluding materials and uniform, up to 60 days prior to registration. Materials and uniform charges vary due to market costs and may change up to the date of registration.


A deposit of $150 is required to secure a place in the program. The deposit is applied against the account balance once registered. NECI retains the $150 deposit should the student cancel their enrollment prior to beginning the term.

Students living in on-campus housing must provide a room deposit of $500, refundable at term end upon satisfactory room inspection. 

Payment Schedule

Tuition and fees are charged per term. Payment or documentation of approved financial aid must be received no later than 10 days prior to the start of a term.

Definition of Academic Year

Tuition and Fees for all programs are shown per academic year. An academic year is defined as two 15-week semesters for a total of 30 weeks. 

Cost per Academic Year

Tuition  $700 per credit hour
Residence Hall – Standard Room     $7,466 ($3,733 per semester)
Dining Hall Charge       $3,000 ($1,500 per semester)
No Dinner Meal Plan     $1,500 ($750 per semester)
Technology Fee        $400 ($200 per semester)
Materials Fee $810 (first semester only)

Residential Programs Other Fees

In addition to program-specific fees, other fees may be assessed for retake coursework, Advance Placement testing, and reinstatement of enrollment.

Assessment for Prior Learning (APL Fee)     $1,000
Technology Fee     $200 per semester
Reinstatement/Re-enrollment Fee  $275
Retake Class Fee      $100 plus $700 per credit hour
Retake Fee - Room/Board $410 per week
Retake Fee - Board Only  $123 per week / $77 per week (dinner only)
Dorm Damage         Varies - refer to Student Handbook
School Behavior Policies    Varies - refer to Student Handbook

Online Programs Other Fees

In addition to program-specific fees, other fees may be assessed for retake coursework and reinstatement of enrollment.

Assessment for Prior Learning (APL) $1000
Reinstatement/Re-enrollment Fee $275
Retake Class Fee  $100 plus $700 per credit hour


Residency Requirement: First Year Students (Residency Programs Only)

All first year students are required to live in on-campus housing. Students with extenuating circumstances may submit a written request for waiver of this requirement to [email protected]. After the first year, students who choose to live off campus will not incur room charges but continue to be responsible for required residency board. 

Health Insurance

The School recommends that all students carry adequate health insurance to cover, among other costs, hospitalization and outpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures for both the residency and externship periods.

Financial Standing

All student financial balances must be current for students to remain enrolled each term. Students with a financial balance will not be registered for classes or externship; they will not be allowed to begin their classes or externship, reside in student housing or participate in the student board plan until the situation is resolved.

Refund Policy

Please contact the Student Financial Services Office at [email protected] for more information.