Financial Aid for Beauty School Students

Financial Aid for Beauty School Students

Cosmetologists provide very personal services to their clientele in salons and spas. Since cosmetology covers a wide range of services, including hair styling, facials, skincare, and makeup, there are many career options available.

If you've chosen a career in this field, you may be concerned about paying for your training. Find out how grants and scholarships for cosmetology students can help you pay for your education.

Scholarship Resources

Various organizations offer scholarships to future beauty school students, current beauty school students, and beauty professionals. Below you'll find a comprehensive list of scholarships within the beauty industry!

CATEGORY: General

Name of Scholarship Cosmetology Specialty Provided By Award Amount Deadline Target Audience Degree Level Essay Required? # of Awards GPA Renewable?
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation Cosmetology, Barbering Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation $1,200 June 1 Must be currently applying for entrance into cosmetology/barber School, OR actively enrolled in a cosmetology/barber program Undergraduate Yes 20 - No
Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program Cosmetology, Barbering Great Clips $250 – $1,500 June 30 Open to high school graduates who are interested in pursuing cosmetology or barbering as a career High School Yes Varies - No
Sydell & Arnold Miller Family | Art Of Hairdressing Student Scholarship Hair Styling Beauty Changes Lives Foundation $5,000 July 31 New and current students; students must be accepted or currently enrolled in a program to qualify for these scholarships and must have completed under 50% of their program Undergraduate 3-5 minute video 1 - No
Arnold M. Miller | Find-A-Way Student Scholarship Cosmetology Beauty Changes Lives Foundation up to $15,000 July 31 Eligible students must have a “Find-A-Way Attitude.” Open to new and current students. Students must provide proof of acceptance and/or proof of attendance at an accredited beauty school. Undergraduate 3-5 minute video 1 - No
European Wax Center "Don't Hesitate" Scholarship Cosmetology, Esthiology Beauty Changes Lives Foundation $5,000 February 24 Open to European Wax Center associates only - must be employed by an EWC center for at least six months at the time of application submission, and either currently enrolled or accepted into an accredited esthetician or cosmetology licensure program Undergraduate Essay/Video 4 - No
Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation Barbering or Cosmetology Scholarship Cosmetology, Barbering, Beauty Changes Lives Foundation up to $3,750 October 15 Eligible for students in nearly every aspect of the beauty industry, including barbering, cosmetology, esthetics, and/or nail licensure programs. Open to new and current students. Undergraduate 3-5 minute video 2 - No
CosmoProf | Licensed to Create Education Scholarship Program Cosmetology Beauty Changes Lives Foundation up to $5,000 October 15 Open to prospective and newer students enrolled in a cosmetology program Undergraduate 3-5 minute video 5 - No
Beauty Schools Directory Scholarship  Cosmetology, Esthetics Beauty Schools Marketing Grou $2,500 July 31 Open to students in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics and skin care, nail technology, and makeup artistry Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Keller Cosmetology Scholarship Cosmetology Keller International $1,000 June 30 Anyone who is interested in pursuing the art of beautifying the face, hair, nails, or skin is encouraged to apply Undergraduate Video 1 - No
Buy-Rite's Annual Beauty School Scholarship Cosmetology, Hair Styling Buy-Rite Beauty $1,000 November 1 Must have applied to or be enrolled as a full-time beautician/cosmetology student to be elibile. Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
APWU Vocational Scholarship Cosmetology American Postal Workers Union $3,000 May 31 Open to students interested in programs of study leading to trade, technical, industrial or vocational occupations that can include massage therapy or cosmetology High School, Undergraduate Yes 3 - No
Scholarship “Education Rocks” Hair Styling Kathy Jager & Associates 250 June 1 All beauty school students AND seasoned professionals are encouraged to apply Undergraduate Yes Varies - No
Sydell L. Miller | Total Image Esthetics Student Scholarship Esthetics, Makeup Beauty Changes Lives Foundation up to $15,000 July 31 Open to students who believe in “Total Image” beauty and love skincare and cosmetics. Open to new and current students. Undergraduate Video 1 - No
Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation – Esthetics Or Nail Student Scholarship Esthetics, Nail Technician Beauty Changes Lives Foundation up to $2,500 April 30, October 15 Open to new and current students attending an accredited esthetics or nail program in the United States. Eligible students must complete their program after July 31, 2019 in order to qualify for the spring scholarship and after January 31, 2020 for the fall scholarship. Undergraduate Video 1 - No
Aurie J. Gosnell Scholarship Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technician, Barbering National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology $1,250 May 31 Must be currently enrolled or eligible to enroll as a full-time student in a program leading to licensure as a cosmetologist, esthetician, barber or nail technologist. Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Aesthetic Education Award Esthetics Dermamed Solutions $1,000 January 31, July 31 Must be interested in attending, or already enrolled, at an accredited aesthetic program. Must be passionate about skincare industry. High School, Undergraduate Video 1 - No
NHEA Scholarship Electrology New Hampshire Electrolysis Association $500 May 2 Open to current or prospective electrology students who are citizens of the United States, residents of New Hampshire, and are not enrolled in another educational program (such as esthetics). Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Davis Applied Technology College Cosmetology Program Cosmetology Davis Applied Technology College Varies Open Enrollment Year Round Open to all students interested in cosmetology Undergraduate Yes Varies - No
Empire Education Group High School Senior Scholarship Cosmetology Empire Beauty Schools $1,000 August 1 Open to any high school senior who has an interest in cosmetology High School - 100 - No
Norman Langlois Scholarship Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Makeup Empire Beauty Schools $500 - $2500 - Open to graduating high school seniors attending Empire Beauty School. High School - 1-4 - No
New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Semiannual  Cosmetology Scholarships Laser Training New Look Laser Tattoo Removal $1,000 November 30 To be eligible, students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university that includes instruction in tattoo lazer removal. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 3.0+ No
Redken Scholarship Program Cosmetology Redken $1,000 July 1 Open to high school graduates,  enrolled or recently graduated from The Salon Professional Academy at the franchise location. TSPA students must have a minimum 85% GPA and 90% attendance in high school. High School Yes 35 - No
Hans Neumaier Memorial Scholarship Cosmetology Professional Beauty Association $1,000 August 31 Must be at least 18 years old and a Professional Beauty Association student member in good standing at the times of scholarship application and award Undergraduate Yes 4 - No
High School Scholarship Cosmetology Avalon School of Cosmetology $1,000 - Eligible high school students must wish to enroll in a licensing program before they get their high school diploma, and be interested in building a career in the beauty industry High School - Varies - No
Cameo College of Essential Beauty Annual Scholarship  Cosmetology Cameo College of Essential Beauty $1,000 July 30 Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,  and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college/university cosmetology program. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 3.0+ No
AllAboutBlackheads Scholarship Skin Care AllAboutBlackheads (AAB) $1,000 July 31 Open to students who are passionate about proper skincare and a healthy lifestyle. Must be either a current graduating high school senior with acceptance to an accredited school or an undergraduate student at an accredited institution within the United States High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 3.1+ No
High School Full Scholarship  Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics, Nail Technician Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture Inc. Fully-paid scholarship June 1 Must be a 2019 High School graduate High School Yes 1 - No
High School Partial Tuition Scholarships  Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics, Nail Technician Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture Inc. $500 - $1,000 June 1 Must be a 2019 High School graduate High School Yes 1 - No
International Skin Beauty Academy Scholarship Esthetics, Laser Training International Skin Beauty Academy $1,000 Sept 5 Offered to students pursing an esthetics education High School, Undergraduate - 1 - No
Get Your Dream Job Scholarship Esthetics Bellus Academy $500 - $1,000 - $1,000 scholarship awarded to those enrolling in any program over 1,000 hours. Students enrolling in programs less than 1000 hours may receive a $500 scholarship. Eligible to those who enroll between May 14, 2019 through December 18, 2019. Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
High School Scholarship  Esthetics Bellus Academy $1,000 - Open to all high school graduate students in any esthetics beauty program (or other related programs). High School Yes 1 - No
Tiffany Becher Memorial Scholarship Cosmetology, Esthetics La’ James International College Varies - Open to first time enrollees in cosmetology or esthetics, who complete the full program requirements. Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Fancy Haircuts Annual Scholarship Hair Cutting, Cosmetology, Hair Design, Barbering Fancy Haircuts $1,000 April 10 Anyone who is a full-time student or is planning to attend a school for one of the following programs: barbering, hair design, hair braiding or cosmetology Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
CMS Brand Ambassador Scholarship Makeup Artist Cinema Makeup School 2,000 August 1 Winner of this makeup scholarship is determined by the following criteria: social engagement, artistic talent, brand representation, personal statement, and character. Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Legends of Creature Design Scholarship  Makeup Artist Cinema Makeup School $10,000 September 29 The chosen applicant of this makeup scholarship demonstrates the greatest combination of technical skill, creativity, and sense of character High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Legends of Makeup Scholarship Makeup Artist Cinema Makeup School $10,000 December 1 Eligible to a young makeup artist who demonstrates talent, drive and potential far beyond the norm. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Florida Resident Scholarships Makeup Artist Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry $1,000   Tuition assistance provided for the Production or Master Makeup Artistry programs. Open only to residents of Florida. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Annual Jay Cannistraci Scholarship Makeup Artist Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry $10,000 December 15 Open to an individual who has the passion and dedication to pursue a career as a professional makeup artist in film and television. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Salon Supply Store Scholarship Cosmetology, Makeup Artist, Barbering, Nail Technician Bene's International School of Beauty $1,000 October 1 Open to students who demonstrate creativity, passion and commitment to the study of cosmetology. Undergraduate Video 1 - No
Love What You Do Scholarship Cosmetology Sunstate Academy $2,000 September 30 High school seniors who enroll in the cosmetology program at Sunstate Academy are eligible. High School - 1 80% GPA No
Mr. Do Hair Design Client Scholarship Program Hair Design Mr. Do Hair Design Barbershop $2,000 March 1 Open to high school seniors who plan to attend a 4-year accredited college institution with a program in hair design. High School - 1 - No
Hays Academy of Hair Design Scholarship Hair Design, Cosmetology Hays Academy of Hair Design $500 May 15 Open to high school seniors who  graduate from any Kansas High School and attend Hays Academy of Hair Design. High School Yes 1 - No
Utah High School Graduate Scholarship  Esthetics Skin Science Institute $100 - $500 Due TWO WEEKS before the start date of the class you will be attending Students graduating from a Utah High School who attend a skincare program are eligible to apply. High School Yes 1 - No
Out-of-State Student Scholarship  Esthetics Skin Science Institute $100 - $500 Due TWO WEEKS before the start date of the class you will be attending Designed for students moving into the state of Utah for the purpose of attending a skincare program. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Academic Scholarship  Esthetics Skin Science Institute $100 - $500 Due TWO WEEKS before the start date of the class you will be attending Students who have either graduated from high school or have attended another educational institution are plan to attend an esthetics program. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 3.6+ No
Returning Student Scholarship  Esthetics Skin Science Institute $100 - $500 Due TWO WEEKS before the start date of the class you will be attending Must intend to attend an esthetics program, be 25 years or older, a full-time mother and be ready to get back into the workforce. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Milwaukee Summer Scholarship Program For Cosmetology Cosmetology Institute of Beauty and Wellness $1,000   Open to cosmetology students at the institute of beauty. Undergraduate Video 1 - No
The Institute Scholarship Cosmetology Institute of Beauty and Wellness $500 One week prior to the start of class Incoming students at the Institute of Beauty who have been accepted into a specific program of study. High School, Undergraduate Yes 1 - No

 

CATEGORY: For Current Students

Name of Scholarship Cosmetology Specialty Provided By Award Amount Deadline Target Audience Degree Level Essay Required? # of Awards GPA Renewable?
Minerva Beauty Scholarship Cosmetology Minerva Beauty $1,000 May 31 Must have completed at least one semester, or one graded cycle, with an accredited school Undergraduate Yes 10 3.0+ No
Alan Dunn True Beauty Scholarship Cosmetology Professional Beauty Association $500 June 30 Must have completed at least one semester, or one graded cycle, with an accredited school Undergraduate Yes 1 3.0+ No
Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthiology Rosy Salon Software $500 - $1500 August 15 Currently enrolled in a cosmetology, barber or esthetics program in the US or Canada resulting in a cosmetology, barber or esthetics license. Continuing education programs or students with an existing cosmetology, barber or esthetics license do not qualify. Undergraduate Yes 3 - No
Ratner Companies Passion And Purpose Cosmetology Scholarship Cosmetology Beauty Changes Lives Foundation up to $3,125 October 15 Students who are attending an accredited cosmetology program, students who can demonstrate their passion for cosmetology and why it is their purpose Undergraduate 3-5 minute video 4 - No
MUD (Make-up Designory) Makeup Scholarship Make-Up, Esthiology Beauty Changes Lives Foundation $2,500 October 15 Open to any student attending an accredited cosmetology and/or esthetics school that offers MUD makeup in their program Undergraduate Essay/3-5 minute video 5 - No
Oregon Barber and Hairdresser (B&H) Grant Program Barbering, Hairdressing Oregon Student Assistance Commission Varies February 01 Open to Oregon residents only, who attend a licensed school of barbering, hair design, cosmetology, or manicure in Oregon that participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs and participates in the Barbers and Hairdressers Grant Program. Must be enrolled in full-time in a program that is at least nine months long. Undergraduate Yes Varies - No
International Spa Association Scholarship Esthetics, Makeup Beauty Changes Lives Foundation $1,000 April 30, October 15 Open to current esthetics, makeup, special effects makeup, or massage therapy students who have not completed more than fifty percent (50%) of their coursework. Undergraduate Video 8-9 - No
Cosmetology Student Monthly Scholarship Cosmetology, Nail Technician OPI $500 end of every Month Open to those enrolled in a qualifying OPI Preferred Nail Technology or Cosmetology program Undergraduate Essay/Video 24   No
Iowa Barber and Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Tuition Grant Cosmetology, Barbering Iowa College Student Aid Commission $2,150 July 1 Students who attend a for-profit or an eligible barber and cosmetology institution are eligible Undergraduate Yes Varies - No
Lee Essie And Charlie Mcmillan Jr Cosmetology Scholarship Cosmetology Saginaw Community Foundation Varies February 15 Open to Saginaw County residents who are pursuing an undergraduate, graduate degree or Career and Techincal Education (CTE) training (skilled trade/vocation) in cosmetology High School, Undergraduate Yes Varies 2.5+ No
Fred Luster, Sr. Education Foundation Scholarships Cosmetology American Health and Beauty Aids Institute $250 Nov 8 Students must have an 85% or higher average GPA in school, and must have a minimum of 300 hours of cosmetology training to be eligible. Undergraduate Yes 12 - No
Empire Education Group Good Attendance Scholarship Cosmetology Empire Beauty Schools $1,000 - Empire students with 90 percent cumulative attendance and are enrolled in the full cosmetology program are eligible to apply. Undergraduate - Varies - No
Sport Clips Scholarship Cosmetology, Barbering Sport Clips $1,000 June 30 To be eligible, students must be in good standing as of the submission date. Applicants must have maintained at least 80% attendance, have an 80% grade average, and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be enrolled in a cosmetology or barber program and must have completed at least 50% of the required program hours. Undergraduate Video  up to 15 - No
Lexli Esthetics Scholarship Esthetics Lexli International $1,000 May 31 Open to legal residents of the United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age; who are currently enrolled in an esthetician-specific training program at an accredited esthetics, cosmetology or beauty school and have completed at least one semester or graded cycle; and who have maintained at minimum an 80% attendance rate and an 80% grade average. Undergraduate Video 1 - No
Empire National Educator Scholarship Cosmetology Empire Beauty Schools Varies - Applicants must be full time students in the Eempire Cosmetology program Graduate - Varies - No
Dream Shears Trade Essentials Scholarship Cosmetology Dream Shears and AACS $500 July 16 Open to cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member schools. Undergraduate Yes 10-15 - No
Kimber, Robert & Irene, Cosmetology Scholarship Cosmetology Idaho State University Varies April 1 Eligible students should be a cosmetology major who demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate Yes 1 2.0+ No
Harris, Kendra, Cosmetology Memorial Scholarship Cosmetology Idaho State University Varies April 1 Must be enrolled in the Idaho State cosmetology program. Preference is given to students who are from American Falls. If no students are available from American Falls, then it will be opened to any cosmetology student. Undergraduate Yes 1 3.0+ No
Lincoln C. and Linda J. Yamashita Scholarship Cosmetology Idaho State University Varies April 1 Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in at least their second consecutive semester in the cosmetology program in the College of Technology. Financial need may be considered. Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Margaret Johnson Memorial Scholarship Cosmetology Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation $500 March 12 Eligible students must be pursuing education in cosmetology; reside within the boundaries of the Stanwood-Camano School District or be a former graduate of either Stanwood High School or Lincoln Hill High School; and must demonstrate financial need High School Yes 2 - No
Murad Esthetics Scholarship Program Esthetics Beauty Changes Lives $2,250 March 27 Students pursuing educational programs leading to licenses, degrees, certificates, certifications or an associate degree with a specific major or concentration in Esthetics Undergraduate Essay/Video 10 - No
John Pelloni Scholarship Cosmetology Cerritos College Foundation $300 September 23 Open to students attending Cerritos College who are majoring in cosmetology Undergraduate Yes 1 3.0+ No
Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Spa Management ISPA Foundation $5,000 April 5 Open to students interested in a spa management. Must be a  junior, senior or grad student in the upcoming school year, enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s or master’s program. Undergraduate, Graduate Yes 1 3.0+ No
Cosmetic Dreams Scholarship Cosmetology Beverly Hills Cool Sculpting Center $500 February 25 Applicant must be a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college/university in a cosmetology program Undergraduate Yes 1 - No
Senvie Skin Care Scholarship Skin Care, Esthetics Senvie Skin Care $500 June 1 Open to college students who are are interested in beauty, skin care and esthetics. Undergraduate Yes 1 2.5+ No

 

CATEGORY: Continuing Education for Professionals

Name of Scholarship Cosmetology Specialty Provided By Award Amount Deadline Target Audience Degree Level Essay Required? # of Awards GPA Renewable?
Tippy Scholarship Cosmetology Professional Beauty Association $1,000 August 31 Current PBA Preferred Individual Members that are licensed cosmetologists, for use in continuing education supporting their career as a licensed professional Graduate, Undergraduate Yes 10 - No
Lifetime Member Scholarship Cosmetology The Joseph L Weir Trust $1,000 March 31 Current PBA Preferred Individual and Student Members to use towards continuing education or cosmetology school Graduate, Undergraduate Yes 5 - No
Cosmetologists Chicago CC Presidents Scholarship Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technician America's Beauty Show $2,500 February 21, All professional members of Cosmetologists Chicago (CC), International Nail Technicians Association (INTA), American Association for Esthetics (AAE) and CIDESCO USA are eligible to apply. Yes Varies - No
Phyllis Bellino Scholarship Electrology Massachusetts Association of Electrologists $1,000 Open Enrollment Year Round Must be a Massachusetts resident, US resident, and pass the Massachusetts state board exam. Graduate Yes 1 - No
Electrology Scholarships Electrology American Institute of Education $1,000   Applicants must have prior work experience and skill sets that prepare them for self-employment. Undergraduate Yes Varies - No
CND Master Licensed Nail Tech Spring 2019 Scholarship Nail Technician Beauty Changes Lives Foundation $1,000 March 26 Open to individuals pursuing advanced, continuing education in the professional nail industry. Graduate Essay/Video 1 - No
Vidal Sassoon Advanced Scholarship Cosmetology Beauty Changes Lives Foundation $3,750 April 2 US and Canada licensed cosmetologists seeking advanced education to enhance their career are eligible. Graduate Video 10 - No
Leo Passage Advanced NEXTGEN Scholarship Barbering, Hair Styling Beauty Changes Lives $10,000 October 15 Awarded to those wanting to earn advanced training; eligible for licensed barbers and hairstylists with 1-5 years of experience Graduate Yes 2 - No
Artistic Scholarships Makeup Artist Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry $1,000   Available for the Master Makeup Artistry and Production Makeup Artistry Programs. Applicants must submit a hard copy portfolio, link to an online portfolio, or a minimum of 6 images of 6 different works. High School, Undergraduate - 1 - No
Industry Professional Scholarships Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technician Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry $1,000   Available to licensed cosmetologists, facial or full specialists, or nail technicians. Graduate - 1 - No
Alumni Scholarships Makeup Artist Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry $1,000   Available to graduates who have successfully completed a program and are interested in continuing education. Graduate - 1 - No
Esthetics Experience Scholarship  Esthetics Skin Science Institute $100 - $500 Due TWO WEEKS before the start date of the class you will be attending Students who have previously worked in industry related jobs that wish to continue their education and career by becoming licensed. Undergraduate, Graduate Yes 1 - No
Licensed Cosmetologist Scholarship  Esthetics Skin Science Institute $100 - $500 Due TWO WEEKS before the start date of the class you will be attending Designed for licensed cosmetologists wishing to continue their education and move forward in their career by specializing in esthetics. Graduate Yes 1 - No

 

What’s the Difference Between Scholarships and Grants?

Although both cosmetology scholarships and grants provide money towards education, there are important differences between the two.

Scholarships

Scholarships also provide money for education that doesn't need to be paid back. However, unlike grants, scholarships are often based on merit, not financial need.

Beauty schools, colleges, and vocational schools are common sources for cosmetology scholarships. Many scholarships are also awarded by corporations and businesses closely linked to the beauty industry.

Scholarships may help new or currently enrolled students pay for cosmetology school, but some are also available for already-licensed cosmetologists. Licensed professionals can return to school for continuing education, including areas such as esthetics programs, laser hair removal, tattoo removal, and micro-needling courses.

Once you decide on a specific cosmetology program, contact their office to learn more about what scholarships and grants are available through the school or from outside partners.

Professional cosmetology associations and organizations can also be a helpful source for scholarship and grant funds. Check out their websites for information about available grants and scholarships:

Here are a few more ways to find aid to help you pay for your beauty program:

  • Ask a guidance counselor. Career counselors and advisors at your high school or at your local community college often have lists of scholarships and grants they can share.
  • Ask your stylist. Do you have a favorite hair stylist or facialist? They might be a good source of advice. Ask them to share their experience of cosmetology school. Discuss your goals with them.
  • Search for scholarships and grants related to your demographic. Scholarships are often available for students in specific subject areas or who fit within certain demographics. Try an internet search like "scholarships for male cosmetology students" or "esthetician grants for African American students".

Grants

Grants are usually based on financial need and are often provided by state and federal governments. Some examples of federal grants are the Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). In most states, students who apply for government financial aid must attend cosmetology schools that are approved by that state's cosmetology licensing board.

If you're planning on attending an accredited cosmetology program that is eligible for government-issued grant money, you'll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information you include on the FAFSA is used to determine how much federal grant money you're eligible for. You can find more information about government grants through the Federal Student Aid website or the financial aid office of the cosmetology school you plan to attend.

Some beauty schools and organizations also provide their own grants. These often can only be used towards a particular school or program.

For example, The American Council on Education (ACE) partners with cosmetology schools to provide ACE Grants to eligible students. These grants are typically applied towards tuition payments. Common requirements for these grants include high school transcripts, an interview, a personal essay, and letters of recommendation.

How to Win Scholarships and Grants

Although the application process for cosmetology scholarships and grants can feel a bit overwhelming, the most important thing you can do is to keep calm and get organized. When you begin your applications, collect all the necessary paperwork and keep it in one place like a folder or notebook. Be exact when following directions. Read and understand all the criteria. Keep in mind any strict deadlines.

Don't make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to look for aid money. Apply as early as possible before your start date for school.

You should also apply for as many scholarship programs that you can. Successful applicants are usually the ones who have applied for the most scholarships. Don’t overlook small amounts either. When combined, these small scholarships can really add up.

Like for other majors, many cosmetology scholarships or grants require a personal statement or essay. This is where you can let your personality shine. Write your essay in a natural way and include your own ideas. Each application will have its own writing prompt, but here are some questions to get you thinking about your future beauty career:

  • Why do you want to be a beauty professional?
  • Why do you think it is a valuable career?
  • Which beauty school did you choose and why?
  • Why are you the right student to receive a scholarship?
  • What are your plans after beauty school?

Once you've written your essay, check for some common mistakes:

  • Exaggerating your skills. Personal statements are an opportunity to highlight your accomplishments, but be honest. Don’t be modest, but do not exaggerate.
  • Not following directions. If there is a word limit, make sure you stick to it. If they ask specific questions, answer them. Not following directions exactly can ruin your chances.
  • Including typos or mistakes. Proofread your writing several times before you turn it in. Ask someone else to review it. Spelling and grammar mistakes are a big no-no.

Since cosmetology requires people skills and artistic talent, many scholarships and grants have additional application requirements you might not see with other majors. Here are a few ways you can prepare:

  • Get to know people in the industry. Some grant and scholarship applications may ask you to interview a salon manager or owner to learn more about the industry. Developing these relationships ahead of time can make it easier to find a person to interview and can give you valuable insights into the industry.
  • Take photos of your work. If you're already enrolled in a cosmetology program or have been honing your skills on your own, make sure to take ongoing photos of your work. Some scholarship applications want to see your skills, so don't wait to take photos when you're on a time crunch or stressed out about your application.
  • Hone your on-camera skills. Many cosmetology scholarships require short videos with your application to show off your technique and personality. Practice with a friend to make sure you're showing your personality and cosmetology techniques in the best light when the camera is turned on.

Finally, be confident. There is a wide range of options available to help make your cosmetology training affordable. Be persistent and you'll find the support you need to start your career.