Cosmetology-Student-AidBeauty school scholarships can sometimes be difficult to find so hopefully this list will continue to grow and make it easier for you! Student aid for cosmetology school is out there…you just need to know where to look.

I’m also going to include other financial aid information because surprisingly, everyone doesn’t know the options.

Also, don’t forget about scholarships!

They aren’t just for colleges and universities….scholarships are offered for just about any profession you want to pursue….you just have to look.

Choosing a School

When choosing a school I encourage everyone to narrow their list down to a top 2 or 3 without considering the tuition expenses. You need to compare them without thinking about the bill because where there’s a will there’s a way!

If the school you have your heart set on is the most expensive and you rule it out before exploring financing options….you may miss out on a great opportunity. I’m not saying that you should choose the most expensive school, but the thought process can be a lot easier when you’re not dwelling on money.

Either way….it’s going to be expensive and you will definitely end up comparing the quality of education/experience that is offered with cost.

Payment Plans

Some schools have payment plans that help you cover the tuition as you go. The monthly payment isn’t going to be cheap, but it’s a great way to get an education with little to no debt.

I went to a very expensive school, but the grants I qualified for and the scholarships I received brought the monthly payments down a lot.

Nothing worth it is ever easy….cut back in other areas if avoiding student loan debt is important to you! Students who are going part-time probably benefit from this option the most because the tuition is paid over 18 months instead of 9 months (time frames may vary depending on your school and state).

If you choose to take advantage of a payment plan please remember that late payments may put you on suspension until the bill is paid (prolonging your graduation date).

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If paying for school is something that you feel won’t be easiest on your lifestyle, you can look for apprenticeship options. First, you need to make sure that your state accepts that type of hours in place of an institution.

Next, you will need to find a salon in your area that’s willing to take on an apprentice and is qualified to oversee your education. This isn’t an “easy route”, and most people who choose that path have it a lot harder in the field. It’s not structured and you won’t be as well-rounded in your skills.

There’s a lot more to an apprenticeship than I can touch on, so if you have questions about it please feel free to contact me!


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