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Top 35 Cosmetology Scholarships in March 2024

Written by Qiyam Stewart

Qiyam Stewart a former Scholarships360 writer who focuses on scholarships and financial aid. As an Admissions Fellow at Kenyon College, Qiyam has worked in the admissions office and interviewed prospective high school students applying to Kenyon. Qiyam currently attends Kenyon College as a Philosophy major and double concentration in Law & Society and African Diaspora Studies.

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Updated: March 1st, 2024

Did you know that the beauty industry will be worth 438.38 billion by 2026? In this ever-growing industry, more and more cosmetologists are going to be needed to support and foster this growth.

This is why many organizations out there readily offer cosmetology scholarships to those who may need the financial assistance to complete their cosmetology education and enter the workforce! Whether you are hoping to pursue a cosmetology license, start a career as a barber, or hope to enter the field of esthetics, you’re in the right place. Listed below are the best cosmetology scholarships for the year!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Minority Cosmetic Science Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,150
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Are you a BIPOC, college-bound high school student or current undergraduate student pursuing a degree and career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science? If so,…Show More

Are you a BIPOC, college-bound high school student or current undergraduate student pursuing a degree and career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science? If so,…Show More

Are you a BIPOC, college-bound high school student or current undergraduate student pursuing a degree and career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science? If so, consider applying for the Minority Cosmetic Science Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,150 to one such minority student in high school or college who is pursuing a major that will lead to a career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science. Eligible fields include, but are not limited to, cosmetology, anthropology, botany, chemistry, biochemistry, herbalism, microbiology, and more. If you're a minority student who is currently attending college or will be after graduating high school, and you have a passion for cosmetology or cosmetic science, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $5,150
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students
Apply

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Expired deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Expired deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Uniball’s Skilled Trades Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

1 award worth $500
Deadline Mar 13, 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Introducing Uniball's Skilled Trades Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable journey of Dan "Uniball" Lansing. This scholarship aims to bridge the gap between the demand…Show More

Introducing Uniball's Skilled Trades Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable journey of Dan "Uniball" Lansing. This scholarship aims to bridge the gap between the demand…Show More

Introducing Uniball's Skilled Trades Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable journey of Dan "Uniball" Lansing. This scholarship aims to bridge the gap between the demand for skilled tradespeople and the number of individuals pursuing this fulfilling career path. Whether you aspire to be a welder, electrician, plumber, or any other skilled trade professional, you are invited to apply. Ideal applicants have demonstrated resilience and personal growth, making this opportunity perfect for those who have triumphed over adversity. If you are a high school senior or currently attending a trade school, seize this chance to receive financial support for your trade education. Join the Lansing family in honoring the legacy of a passionate tradesman and embark on your own path to success.Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Mar 13, 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students
Get Started

ALU LIKE, Inc. Hana Lima Scholarship

Offered by ALU Like, Inc.

Multiple awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by ALU Like, Inc.

Are you a Hawaii resident of Native Hawiian descent enrolled full-time (12 credits min.) in a 2-year vocational degree or vocational certification program in Hawaii?…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident of Native Hawiian descent enrolled full-time (12 credits min.) in a 2-year vocational degree or vocational certification program in Hawaii?…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident of Native Hawiian descent enrolled full-time (12 credits min.) in a 2-year vocational degree or vocational certification program in Hawaii? If so, you may be eligible for the ALU LIKE, Inc. Hana Lima Scholarship! Each year, their scholarship awards $1,500 each to multiple such students who are enrolled in a 2-year vocational program at an eligible institution of higher education in Hawaii (a full list of eligible institutions can be found on the ALU Like, Inc. website). Applicants must also hold a minimum 2.0 GPA to be considered. If you're a Native Hawaiian student and resident of Hawaii who will be attending a 2-year vocational program in your home state, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Vocational Scholarship

Offered by American Postal Workers Union (APWU)

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by American Postal Workers Union (APWU)

Are you a high school senior whose guardian or grandparent is a current or a former member of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU)? Better…Show More

Are you a high school senior whose guardian or grandparent is a current or a former member of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU)? Better…Show More

Are you a high school senior whose guardian or grandparent is a current or a former member of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU)? Better yet, are you looking to attend an undergraduate institution and need some help paying off those expenses? If so, you might want to consider applying for the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Vocational Scholarship! Each year, recipients are awarded up to $3,000 for specialized training in a variety of fields including culinary arts, medical or dental assistance, electronics, real estate, automotive, IT/computer education, cosmetology, massage therapy, and more. Eligible programs can be of a nine-month to three-year duration. If you fit the criteria, can write a great essay, and believe in the importance of unions, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship

Offered by Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation

Are you currently applying to or already enrolled in a cosmetology or barber school program? If so, The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship may be a…Show More

Are you currently applying to or already enrolled in a cosmetology or barber school program? If so, The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship may be a…Show More

Are you currently applying to or already enrolled in a cosmetology or barber school program? If so, The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $3,000 to multiple lucky cosmetology and barber school students. The scholarship is funded by the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation, an organization founded in honor of a successful, self-made barber who always tried to help others. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must complete the online application, answer the essay questions, and submit two letters of recommendation as well as proof of enrollment/acceptance into your program. If you fit the scholarship criteria and are looking for ways to pay off some school costs, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Jun 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program

Offered by Rosy Salon Software

2 awards worth $250
Deadline Oct 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Rosy Salon Software

Are you a cosmetology, barber, or esthetics student? If so, consider applying for the Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program! The scholarship is open to students enrolled…Show More

Are you a cosmetology, barber, or esthetics student? If so, consider applying for the Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program! The scholarship is open to students enrolled…Show More

Are you a cosmetology, barber, or esthetics student? If so, consider applying for the Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program! The scholarship is open to students enrolled in a cosmetology, barber, or esthetics program in the U.S. or Canada. The scholarship is offered by Rosy Salon Software, a spa scheduling and management software company. Their mission is to provide the most efficient, up-to-date salon and spa management software to the beauty industry, allowing users to strengthen relationships with clients and increase their revenue and profitability. Their Rosy Rewards Scholarship program is designed to support future salon professionals who may otherwise have trouble paying for their program's costs. Every year, two recipients earn a $250 scholarship to go towards paying their tuition. If you are passionate about becoming a future salon professional and would like some help paying for your education, we encourage you to apply!  Show Less

2 awards worth $250
Deadline Oct 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Beauty Schools Directory

1 award worth $2,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Beauty Schools Directory

Are you a current student of a beauty and wellness program, or interested in pursuing education in this sphere? You might want to consider applying…Show More

Are you a current student of a beauty and wellness program, or interested in pursuing education in this sphere? You might want to consider applying…Show More

Are you a current student of a beauty and wellness program, or interested in pursuing education in this sphere? You might want to consider applying for the Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship offered by BeautySchoolsDirectory.com! This scholarship is awarded annually to students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a beauty-related program. The award is paid directly to recipients and can be used for any educational expenses. Another perk is that you have two chances to win every year, as this scholarship is biannual! Applying for this scholarship is easy because you only have to submit a simple online form answering a few questions. No other documentation is required! The scholarship is funded directly through BeautySchoolsDirectory.com, a go-to for locating resources and educational opportunities for a career in beauty and wellness. Every year, they award two students $2,500 scholarships for different application cycles. If you’re a student in the US who is pursuing an education in beauty & wellness, then we encourage you to apply!Show Less

1 award worth $2,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

JCS Beauty “Nourish and Shine” BIPOC Cosmetology Scholarship

Offered by Beauty Changes Lives

2 awards worth $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Beauty Changes Lives

Are you a Black student who is currently or will soon be enrolled in a cosmetology program in the U.S. or Canada? If so, consider…Show More

Are you a Black student who is currently or will soon be enrolled in a cosmetology program in the U.S. or Canada? If so, consider…Show More

Are you a Black student who is currently or will soon be enrolled in a cosmetology program in the U.S. or Canada? If so, consider applying for the JCS Beauty “Nourish and Shine” BIPOC Cosmetology Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards two $5,000 awards to applicants who meet the above criteria and are at least 18 years old. The scholarship is offered by JCS Beauty, a “leading manufacturer of hair products, created for all hair types with a curated collection for curls, coils and kinks.” If you fit their scholarship criteria and want some help paying for cosmetology school costs, we encourage you to apply. Let your debt shrink, and your hair thrive!Show Less

2 awards worth $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Green Circle Salons Environmental Beauty Scholarship

Offered by Beauty Changes Lives

2 awards worth $4,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Beauty Changes Lives

The Green Circle Salons Environmental Beauty Scholarship is funded by Beauty Changes Lives, an organization focused on empowering the next generation of beauty professionals through…Show More

The Green Circle Salons Environmental Beauty Scholarship is funded by Beauty Changes Lives, an organization focused on empowering the next generation of beauty professionals through…Show More

The Green Circle Salons Environmental Beauty Scholarship is funded by Beauty Changes Lives, an organization focused on empowering the next generation of beauty professionals through scholarships, mentorship, and advanced education to build their confidence in the industry. Every year, their Green Circle Salons Environmental Beauty Scholarship awards $4,000 to multiple incoming or currently enrolled students in cosmetology or barbering programs at accredited institutions in the U.S. and Canada. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

2 awards worth $4,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Florida PTA/PTSA Vocational/Technical Scholarship

Offered by Florida PTA/PTSA

1 award worth $2,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Florida PTA/PTSA

The Florida PTA/PTSA Vocational/Technical Scholarship is specifically for Florida residents who wish to pursue their post-secondary education at a Vo-Tech program or institution. Applicants must…Show More

The Florida PTA/PTSA Vocational/Technical Scholarship is specifically for Florida residents who wish to pursue their post-secondary education at a Vo-Tech program or institution. Applicants must…Show More

The Florida PTA/PTSA Vocational/Technical Scholarship is specifically for Florida residents who wish to pursue their post-secondary education at a Vo-Tech program or institution. Applicants must submit two (2) letters of reference (one from school and one from community), a high school transcript, an official SAT and/or ACT scores report, and an essay about how PTA can help support the applicant's local community. If you're a Florida resident looking to attend a Vocational/Technical school after high school graduation, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $2,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

David Hinsdale Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

2 awards worth $500
Expected deadline December 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Introducing the David Hinsdale Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a remarkable individual and devoted husband for 47 years who embodied the values of hard work,…Show More

Introducing the David Hinsdale Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a remarkable individual and devoted husband for 47 years who embodied the values of hard work,…Show More

Introducing the David Hinsdale Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to a remarkable individual and devoted husband for 47 years who embodied the values of hard work, generosity, and selflessness. Renowned for his exceptional craftsmanship as a pool plasterer, David's dedication knew no bounds, even under the scorching sun. Moreover, he selflessly assisted his children with their home projects, showcasing his unwavering commitment to family. David's work ethic was inseparable from his compassion, as he readily employed those eager to learn his trade when he ran his own business. This scholarship aims to honor David Hinsdale's memory by empowering students who share his fervor for craftsmanship. Whether you are currently enrolled in a trade school or a high school student with plans to pursue a trade school education, this scholarship is open to you. To apply, share your unique story and illuminate how you aspire to make a positive impact in your community.Show Less

2 awards worth $500
Expected deadline December 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students
Get Started
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How to win cosmetology scholarships

Although there are many cosmetology scholarships out there, there are even more applicants looking to fund their cosmetology school. As a result, it’s important to make your application stand out in order to receive some extra funding. To make your essays stand out, make sure you are reading the prompts carefully and doing some background research on the organizations to ensure you are emphasizing the values and principles they want to promote.

Your essays should always sound like they are highly tailored to the specific essay question and organization. If they sound as though they could apply to a hundred different prompts, you are not being specific enough.

We have a whole host of resources to help you fine-tune your writing to make it as effective as possible. These include guides on how to write an essay about yourself, how to respond to common scholarship essay prompts, and how to start and end scholarship essays. We can also help you tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word limits.

Finally, don’t forget about local scholarships! They may not be on this list, but if you go to your local community organizations, you may find they offer scholarship opportunities. These typically receive far fewer applicants than nationwide opportunities, meaning that each applicant has a much higher chance of winning.

Resources for cosmetology students

Professional Beauty Association

The Professional Beauty Association is likely the most popular nationwide association for cosmetologists. Whether you are an aspiring cosmetologist, already have some experience under your belt, or are just testing the waters, this is a great way to check out the state of the industry and connect with professionals in the field.

American Association of Cosmetology Schools

The AACS is geared toward current and prospective students in the field. They can help match you up with a school, steer you towards a job, match you with other students, and even offer you scholarships. Don’t miss out on this opportunity if you are studying cosmetology!

Beauty Changes Lives

Beauty Changes Lives is a national organization supporting those entering a career in cosmetology, barbering, nail makeup, massage, and esthetics. They offer mentorship, career resources, networking opportunities, and many scholarships. These include their Dermalogica New Beginnings Esthetics Scholarship.

Frequently asked questions about cosmetology scholarships

Can I get a scholarship for cosmetology school?



Organizations/Institutions in the beauty industry are consistently looking to offer cosmetology scholarships to aspiring aestheticians and the like. Check out this $500 Aveda Scholarship to start! 

Local institutions also offer a lot of great opportunities that you could use for cosmetology school. Make sure to look into any community organizations that could offer scholarships.

How can I go to cosmetology school for free?

While it is not automatically free to go to cosmetology schools, it is possible via scholarships and financial aid to attend at a very low cost. Make sure that you apply for all the need-based scholarships you qualify for. You can also look into specific institutional scholarships and scholarships from local organizations. You can also sign up for our free scholarship search tool to help match you with scholarships tailored specifically to your situation!

Does FAFSA cover cosmetology?

FAFSA does in fact award financial aid for those that wish to attend cosmetology school! Cosmetology school is considered a career school, which FAFSA does include. However, you’ll have to make sure that you’re attending an accredited institution. You should be able to find this information online or by reaching out to the school in question.

Can you get a grant for cosmetology school?



Grants are in fact available for students pursuing careers in the beauty industry. Check out our quick guide to learn more about grants. You can apply for federal grants through the FAFSA, look into local grants, and even find institution-specific scholarships.

When you decide on schools that you’re interested in, make sure to reach out to the schools’ admission and financial aid offices. You may find out that you qualify for some great grants!

How can I find cosmetology or beauty schools?



There are a couple of ways to go about finding cosmetology or beauty schools. One of the easiest is to search online; tools like the Beauty Schools Directory allow you to input your location and use that to find schools in your area.

Beyond that, it can be a good idea to visit a beauty parlor in an area you’re interested in studying. There, you can ask stylists there where they got their degree. This can have added benefits because you’ll get personal testimony about their experience at each school.

Can I use Pell Grants to pay for cosmetology school?

You can use Pell Grants to pay for cosmetology school, as long as the school you attend is accredited. You’ll also have to meet the Pell Grant income requirement, as you would have to in order to qualify for a Pell Grant anywhere. The government calculates this number using your EFC, which is returned when you submit your FAFSA.

Do I need to go to cosmetology school to become an esthetician?

Yes, you’ll need an esthetician’s license to become an esthetician, and these are offered at cosmetology school. Although you won’t be pursuing a full cosmetology license, you will be attending the same school as those who are. 

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