We talk a lot about financial aid resources because we know how important they are! Financial aid makes beauty school attainable for many of our students. Between FAFSA, grants, loans and scholarships, there are lots of ways to finance your journey through cosmetology school. Here are 5 financial aid resources you probably didn’t even know existed that can help you pay for beauty school.
1. Professional Beauty Association and Minerva Scholarship
The Professional Beauty Association is a huge organization that offer resources, advocacy, competitions and education to members of the cosmetology industry. They also offer scholarships for students preparing to enter the field. Together with Minerva, a leading manufacturer and distributor of salon equipment, they offer 10 $1,000 scholarships to students all across the country. In addition to this scholarship, they offer several others, too!
2. Scholarships for Non Traditional Students
If you’re returning to college years after high school, there are scholarships out there for you. Many organizations want to help adults return to school to better their career opportunities. Adult Students in Scholastic Transition offers scholarships to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities. 13 scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 are granted every year. This organization accepts applications in the winter.
3. Financial Aid Resources for Moms
Going back to school as a mom is hard enough. Many organizations don’t want mothers to also be burdened with school debt, which is why there are lots of scholarships available for moms. For example, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation offers 5 scholarships to mothers over the age of 17 who are in a low-income family and want to pursue a vocational or occupational goal. Awards can be up to $5,000. Other scholarships for mothers can be found here. Working Mother also put together a list of resources for working moms who want to go back to school.
4. Scholarships for Veterans and Their Children
If you are a veteran or you’re the child of someone who served, you have a lot of scholarships available. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to children of Marine Corps vets or active duty servicemen. Scholarships can be up to $10,000. There are scholarships for wives, for veterans in specific states, for vets who served in Iraq and more. No matter your situation, there’s likely a scholarship for it. You can find a large list of military scholarships here.
5. Scholarships for Different Races and Ethnicity
Many charities and organizations provide scholarships to help students of color and immigrants attend college. There are awards for African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and more. An influx of financial aid opportunities and scholarships for minorities is giving individuals of all ethnicities an equal opportunity to higher education. There are too many to list here, but if you’re interested in finding scholarships based on your race, you can visit Student Scholarship Search here.
Hopefully you found a few resources to help you pay for beauty school. If you’re ready to talk to our Financial Aid department, book a tour at VICI Beauty School.