Grants for Cosmetology School

One emerging and changing occupation is cosmetology. With upscale spas and salons opening almost daily, what used to be thought by some to be a lowly career choice is rapidly changing into a highly sought profession. And like any talent, it must be learned. So what is also growing is the number of cosmetology schools and along with the rise an increase in tuition costs to attend them. All is not lost though if this is your career goal as there are grants for cosmetology school available.

  • The American Cosmetology Education Grant (ACE) is funded by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools and their corporate sponsors. You apply for this grant through the cosmetology school.

  • The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation awards twenty $1,000 scholarships each year.

  • Cosmetology Schools. Many schools offer financial aid including grants and scholarships along with payment plans.

  • Federal Programs. Many federal grants including the Pell Grant extend to cosmetology schools as long as they are accredited.

  • The American Health and Beauty Aids Institute (AHBAI) has awarded over half a million dollars in scholarships since 1991.

  • Location Specific. Some scholarships are specific to a region or even a school. For example, the John Pelloni Memorial Scholarship is for students attending Cerritos College in California and the Maureen Baldwin Cosmetology Scholarship is just for cosmetology students at Highland Community College in Illinois.

  • Corporate. Some corporations in the beauty industry provide scholarships, such as the Sally Beauty Supply Scholarships offered by Sally Stores.

  • Online Databases. There are many websites dedicated to providing information about education grants. Some cover all types of education while some are industry specific. One database that allows you to search for beauty schools, some of which have grants in place, as well as including a list of scholarships is

  • Associations and Foundations. Although cosmetology is not limited to women, there are a number of associations that strive to make this profession available to women specifically. Examples:

    • American Association of University Women

    • Jeanette Rankin Foundation – for low-income women 35 years or older

    • Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation – for low-income women with children

    • The Spa Foundation Scholarship

    • Sunshine Lady Foundation – for survivors of domestic violence

So if you enjoyed putting braids in your friends’ hair when you were younger and think you just might want to take that passion to a higher level and make it a career, know that there are programs available to make it more affordable for you.

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