With the need for education and skilled training rising day by day, colleges are offering various courses but at a hefty price.
It is practically not possible for all students to get scholarships and merits.
The needs and career interests of many a student would remain unfulfilled if grants were not available.
Cosmetology is one such field that has surpassed its commercial expectations.
The need of the day is an ultra-competitive arts-styled ambiance wherein the hairstylists and makeup professionals of next generation study in co-op style education.
The small town style beauty salons may remain a mainstay on the streets of U.S.A. with its half-baked beauty school trainee experimentation. But the career oriented students of today are aiming for a training caliber that can prepare them for exciting careers and elite positions in film and fashion industry.
With only a selected few making their mark in these industries, the others still cater to the general public and are driving careers and salaries to a professional level.
The demand for these high quality stylists is continuously increasing in the general market category.
WHAT ARE COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL GRANTS?
A cosmetology school grant or scholarship can be considered a financial “gift” which the student can use to study in cosmetology school. These grants are called as gifts or scholarships as they don’t have to be paid back. The funds are generally directed to the school and any amount remaining after paying for the course fees is given to the student.
Studying cosmetology in prestigious schools, or even the regular reputable schools for that matter, will surely not come cheap. A regular course in cosmetology will cost anywhere between $6500 and $10000.
The courses include hair-dressing skills like cutting, perming, coloring, styling and roller setting as well as make-up techniques.
Students opting for cosmetology course, while still in high school or college, should discuss with their school’s adviser/counselor on the financial help they can get.
The counselors have a general list of grants and it would be more helpful to ask them for grants specific to beauty schools. If you have enrolled in any cosmetology school, they would also have counselors who can help.
Most grant applications can be completed online and the process is quite simple.
Federal financial aid can also be availed of in the form of loans; however these loans need to be repaid while grants are normally gifts and need not be repaid.
The guidelines for cosmetology courses and the accreditation for schools is regulated by states and for the financial aid to be availed the schools should meet state-specific licensing requirements.
The NACCAS – National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Science monitors the accredited schools. Not all states insist on high-school diploma for students aspiring for a career in cosmetology, some states also accept GED equivalent.
Some cosmetology schools insist on admission test before enrolling. The cosmetology program also varies in different schools spanning anywhere from a few months to 2 years depending on the specialization of the study.
HOW ARE THE GRANTS AWARDED?
Cosmetology school grants and scholarships are most often awarded on the basis of needs and disadvantaged backgrounds. Some grants are awarded on the basis of merits. Talent also plays a very big role and the grades and potential of the student can get them a free or discounted ride in reputed cosmetology schools. Your past grades in high school and college definitely do matter.
Getting good grades in school and college increases you chances of winning the grant and scholarship. Larger technical schools will have an edge in awarding these grants while compared to specialized schools.