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. There are many resources available to help you pay for beauty school, including grants, loans, scholarships and work-study positions. The options are not mutually exclusive, so if you receive a scholarship or grant, but still need assistance, you can also apply for loans. When planning for life after school, however, it’s essential to be mindful of your total debt and aware of whether you’ll be able to repay your loans. Here’s a breakdown of your options for financial assistance:
- Scholarships and Grants: Scholarships are often given to students with exceptional academic records, but not always. While a high GPA is worth celebrating, there are hundreds of scholarships that look beyond applicants' academic standings. These are often one-time awards that can help with tuition or fees - some full-tuition scholarships are also available. Scholarships and grants usually require an application. Check with your school to see what grants they offer in-house, as well as with professional associations and private agencies. Our Scholarship Resources list below also gives an overview of beauty industry related scholarships.
- Federal Financial Aid: Cosmetology and other beauty school students can also qualify for federal student aid if the school is appropriately accredited and the program is over 350 hours. To apply for federal financial aid, you’ll need to complete a FAFSA application every academic year. Federal financial aid includes both federal student loans and Pell grants.
- Federal Student Loans: The U.S. Department of Education serves as your lender and will determine how much you can borrow. Depending on the program and school, a student is typically required to maintain a certain number of course hours to continue eligibility of financial aid. Federal direct student loans charge a fixed interest rate, which is usually lower than the rate charged on private loans. Once you’ve completed your education, you will need to begin paying back your loans. Be sure to factor that interest in when planning for your future payments.
- Pell Grants: These are awarded to students who have significant financial need. The grants do not require repayment.
- Private Loans: Private loans are an option for beauty school students who have good credit. Unlike federal loans, your school does not need to be accredited for you to be eligible for these. However, interest rates for these loans can be much higher than federal rates, so be sure to weigh your options carefully. The personal finance company NerdWallet has a breakdown of a few good private loan options. To apply for a private loan, you will need to apply directly to the lender, which will likely conduct a credit check. Several sites give recommendations. It’s best to compare and contrast and try to get the best interest rate.
An essential point about loans is that even if you don’t graduate from your program, you will be responsible for paying back all loans that you took out, federal or private. Some scholarships and grants may have similar requirements; be sure to read the fine print.
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!
|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 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:
- Associated Hair Professionals (AHP)
- National Cosmetology Association, now the Professional Beauty Association (PBA)
- National Coalition of Estheticians (NCEA)
- Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP)
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 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.