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Paying for beauty school may seem scary at first, but with the proper plan and resources, you can do it! What you may not realize is that federal aid is available for beauty school students. If you’re interested in hair or makeup, you could be eligible for cosmetology school financial aid, scholarships and more!

Federal Financial Aid

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Some beauty schools can take financial aid just like a four-year university, which is really beneficial for cosmetology students. You’re eligible for grants, loans and scholarships, too! All students applying for federal financial aid are required to file out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This financial aid is provided by Federal Student Aid under the Department of Education. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. According to their website,”Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.”

The FAFSA is extremely important, so make sure you fill it out. Without it, you won’t qualify for any financial aid. If you want financial aid, you need to complete and return all necessary paperwork in timely manner. If you have already filed out a FAFSA for the current year, great! You don’t need to submit a duplicate application.

Scholarships

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You can also apply for scholarships to help with your cosmetology education. Contact your high school’s guidance counselor or your beauty school for information about what’s available. At VICI, some past awards have come from the ACE Grant, OPI & AACS ACE Scholarship program, Sports Clips & American Crew ACE Scholarship Program, The Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program, Beauty Schools Directory $2,500 Cosmetology Scholarship, and The Joe Francis Hair care Scholarship Foundation. We’re also a qualifying school for Beauty Changes Lives scholarships!

Many businesses, religious, and civic organizations provide scholarships and grants for post-secondary educational pursuits. This is an area which is often overlooked. You should speak to people such as your high school guidance counselor, your pastor or your volunteer leader to obtain more information. Another sector to check is local hair salons. You might be able to convince a salon owner to provide you with a scholarship if you agree to work for the salon after you finished your education.

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