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There are so many scholarships and financial aid opportunities that you should look into while applying for school. If you attend an accredited cosmetology school, you can apply for financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you are considered low-income, you can get a Pell grant up to $2,700. Even if you don’t qualify for a grant, you can often get low-interest federal student loans. You don’t have to start paying these back until six months after graduation.
Are there cosmetology scholarships available?
While loans are an option, there is no reason you shouldn’t try to get as many cosmetology scholarships as possible. There are scholarships available on a national level, including the Trade Essentials Scholarship, AHBAI Scholarship, and the Farouk Systems Cosmetology Scholarship that are great starting points for you to look into. Additionally, there are numerous scholarship opportunities on a regional and school wide level. Many beauty schools will provide you with a list of local scholarships that you can apply for. Although there are smaller scholarship amounts, most are $1,000 or more and when you consider the overall low cost of beauty school, $1,000 scholarships add up quickly. Begin looking for cosmetology schools and their scholarship options to be ahead of the curve as soon as possible.
Will I be able to work while in cosmetology school?
Another option is to work your way through cosmetology school. The majority of schools have classes during the daytime, although a few do offer programs during the evening or on weekends. Cosmetology school is, on average, only about one year long and students need to work long hours to get their work done. This makes working full-time tough but not impossible. Most students chose to work part-time work evening hours at places such as restaurants and retail stores. In addition, once you have completed the required classroom work, you will be put on the floor to take clients under the supervision of your instructors. Depending on your school, you may be allowed to accept tips for the services you have provided.