The Ultimate Guide to Pell Grants for Cosmetology School: What to Know

Traditional 4-year college isn’t for everyone. More and more students are choosing to pursue jobs in the beauty industry.

But, even jobs in the beauty industry require school. Cosmetology school, to be exact.

You may be thinking, since it’s a beauty program, that you have to pay 100% of the cost yourself. 

Well, before you let your hopes and dreams give way to disappointment and despair, let’s talk about ways you can get money for your beauty education.

There are several financing options and types of grants available for students who qualify, including Pell grants for cosmetology school, and we’ll be discussing them below.

Let’s get to it!

Trade Organizations

One place you may want to consider looking for grants and scholarships is one of the many beauty trade organizations.

Barbers, stylists, estheticians, etc. all have State and Federal organizations for their specific industry. Which organization you contact will depend on your chosen career path.

It’s a great place to start your search because all of these organizations have an interest in getting aspiring beauty students the education they need. By helping the newest class of hairstylists, estheticians, barbers, etc. graduate, these organizations are directly helping keep their industry alive.

Pell Grants for Cosmetology School

The other, more obvious, source of money for your schooling would be State and Federal government grants and scholarships.

Many students receive pell grants to receive a traditional 4-year Bachelor’s degree. What you may not know, however, is that there are also pell grants for cosmetology school.

Pell grants help low-income students cover the cost of their education. There are minimum income requirements that students need to meet to qualify, but that is the only requirement.

Pell grant eligibility is available to all students heading off to college, as long as they meet the income requirements and are attending an accredited cosmetology or beauty school.

How Much Will I Receive?

Great question! It’s dependent upon the individual applicant, as well as a few other variables.

One of those variables is your enrollment status. The amount awarded to you will depend on whether you are attending school part-time or full-time.

Your grant amount will also depend on the total cost of enrollment. Students who meet the income requirements, but are attending more expensive schools, may need more assistance than others.

Generally, the maximum amount students receive from a Pell grant is $5,500.

Other Options

In addition to Pell grants, there are other financing options you can explore to cover the cost of your education.

Many states offer their own State-specific scholarship programs for cosmetology and beauty schools. These are meant to supplement Federal programs like the Pell grant.

Check with your state to see what they can offer you.

You can also receive financial assistance from your school of choice. Certain beauty schools have their own in-house financial aid departments to help students attend.

These schools are typically larger schools with many locations throughout the country, like TSPA

Making The Grade

If a career in the beauty industry is your dream come true, there’s hope for you yet, Cinderella! Pell grants for cosmetology school may be just the thing to make your dreams a reality.

We at The Salon Professional Academy in Cedar Falls (TSPA) are here to help! If you have any questions about your application, or how to go about getting financial aid, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to seeing you live out your dreams with us, and can’t wait to meet you!

Pell grants for cosmetolgoy school

Consider Accreditation When Choosing a Beauty School

Why is Accreditation So Important When Deciding to Invest Into Your Future?

Not all beauty schools are equal, and you may feel overwhelmed when you search for the right beauty school for you. One confusing term you might run across is “accreditation.” 

Accreditation is the approval a school gets from the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). The AACS reviews beauty schools to make sure all of their programs meet the highest standards of beauty education. 

This means that the courses you take in cosmetology, hair care, nail care, and other subjects at an accredited school give you the most for your tuition money. It is important to know that students who apply to non-accredited schools are not always eligible for financial aid, as those schools are not required to accept the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). 

Choosing an accredited school means:

  • You may be eligible for federal financial aid
  • You may have an advantage in the job market because employers know that  applicants from accredited cosmetology schools are salon professionals with the quality training
  • You may have more earning potential because you are eligible to work at more places and may get paid more

In short, a degree or certificate from an accredited beauty or cosmetology school is the gold standard in beauty education. Reach out to our admissions or financial aid officer to learn what tuition savings options are available specifically for you!