Cosmetology is a great industry, employing thousands in salons, spas, and movie sets. If this interests you, you may want to consider a career in cosmetology.
But what does cosmetology school cost? This concise guide will give you all the details you need to know about how to pick a school and pay for your education.
Knowing how to choose a cosmetology school is half the battle. What should you look for?
Then, make sure you’re choosing an accredited school. You want the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) to recognize your education. That way, you can apply for your license after you complete your coursework.
You can expect to pay between $15,000 and $20,000 for cosmetology school. These costs cover application fees, tuition, kit, supplies, and textbooks.
That may sound like a lot of money. But these programs are often far more affordable than traditional four-year degrees.
Now let’s look at how you can fund your dream.
If you’re concerned about the price tag of a cosmetics education, don’t worry! You have several options to offset beauty school costs. Consider the ones below as you plan how you’re going to pay for your program.
You may be able to get financial help from your family. Consider telling them about your career goals. If they’re able to help you, that’s a great way to lower the cost of getting your diploma.
Federal financial aid sources like FAFSA and Pell grants are another great resource. Most often, these are loans that you can use during school. Once you graduate, you’ll have a grace period to repay them before interest starts to accrue.
Loans are a big help, but remember that you may have to spend years repaying them afterward.
If you served in the military, you may be eligible for tuition help through the GI Bill®. The GI Bill helps veterans afford their education after their service is complete. ESI will be able to support the GI Bill® in Late summer to early fall 2023.
Look into whether you can apply for the GI Bill and use the money for cosmetology school.
Scholarships are a great way to offset the tuition cost of beauty school. The AACS offers scholarships each year, as do independent foundations. Scholarships may range from full tuition coverage to smaller awards of $250 or so.
When it comes to paying for your education, every little bit will help. So apply to every scholarship you can, even if the award is small.
You can also try to pay for classes as you go. See if your school offers part-time learning. They may let you take classes as you can, allowing you to save part of your paycheck to put towards it each month.
Paying for beauty school shouldn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed because there are so many options to support your dream. As this article mentions, you can qualify for gifted money from the government in the form of Pell grants and in the form of scholarships that can cover the full cost of your program – you wont know if you don’t apply. With a little research and determination, you’ll be able to pay for your education.
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