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Grants and Scholarships for Cosmetology, Beauty, or Barber Schools

A lot of people want to become a beautician, barber, hair stylist, or hairdresser. These are very popular careers. These careers offer many opportunities, including the ability to possibly own your own business or work from home. However like most careers, a career in cosmetology requires training and some form of education usually requires money for tuition. A frequent request by many people is for grants and scholarships for cosmetology, beauty, or barber school. It appears that there are not a lot of grants and scholarships for this field of study BUT there are some. Following is a list of resources that we hope will help.

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) and the Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA) have combined to create an EXCELLENT website at The Grants/Scholarships tab on the main page will lead you to more information on cosmetology grants and scholarships such as:

Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship Program is sponsored by Great Clips, Inc. of Minneapolis. "Scholarships are available for current students, high school students and those pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering. These scholarships can be used at any cosmetology or barber school. The scholarships are given out twice a year in January and July."

Dream Shears/Trade Essentials will provide "fifteen Cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member schools a $500 scholarship." More recent information can be found on the website. PLEASE NOTE that this scholarship has a tendency to come and go. Finding recent information about this scholarships can be difficult. "

"Education Rocks" Annual Scholarship awards $250.

"Esthetician Scholarships: Partial and Full Ride Scholarships for Studying Esthetics" is located at:

Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology presents "six cosmetology students attending AACS member schools a $1,000 scholarship."

The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship will award "$1,000 per recipient, paid directly to enrolled school for tuition."

Karmin Professional is presenting an annual cosmetology school scholarship worth $500 to three students. Please visit for more information.

Minerva Beauty,"a leading provider of salon equipment to the cosmetology industry, is proud to sponsor the Minerva Beauty Cosmetology Scholarship." Information about this scholarship appears to come and go. At one time, Minerva Beauty offered: "a total of five winning applicants will be chosen, each applicant receiving a scholarship of $1,000. In addition, all winners will receive a one (1)-Year Student Membership with the Professional Beauty." For more information on this scholarship, please contact the following websites: is a company that provides a variety of scholarship information including funding some scholarships, themselves. One such scholarship is a $500 scholarship for beauty school. AND

OPI Scholarships: "As part of OPI’s ongoing scholarship program, three students attending AACS member schools will be awarded a $500.00 scholarship from OPI through the Schaeffer Family Foundation."

Pat Goins Beauty Schools, at one time offered a scholarship, but that is questionable, now. However, they do offer suggestions for obtaining financial aid. You can contact Pat Goins Beauty Schools at:

Sport Clips will award $1,000 to "multiple Cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member schools." Contact:

Fred Luster Sr. Scholarship: "The Fred Luster, Sr. Education Foundation was established in honor of the late Fred Luster, Sr., who was a founding board member of AHBAI and founder of the Chicago-based Luster Products, Inc. The Foundation awards scholarships to cosmetology students and college-bound high school students. Over the past five years, the foundation has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships."

National Cosmetology Association (NCA) Sally Beauty Scholarship awards "seven $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates desiring to enter the cosmetology profession." An additional six $500 scholarships are awarded to current PBA | NCA members for continuing education in the field of cosmetology.,default,pg.html


The U.S. Department of Education provides funding for several grants but the famous PELL GRANT can be of big help IF your cosmetology school is accredited and accepts Pell Grant money. There ARE cosmetology trade schools that participate in the Pell Grant program. One directory that can help find cosmetology schools is the Beauty School Directory at Other information about accreditation can be found at

Pell Grants are a very popular source of grant money from the Federal Government for ALL people who meet the criteria and A LOT of students meet the criteria. Here is an excerpt from that gives a brief explanation of Pell Grants.

"The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution (EFC); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less. Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time." You may receive only one Pell Grant in an award year.

The amount that a student can receive depends on a number of factors, but it is possible to receive over five thousand dollars for a Pell Grant. You need to ask the cosmetology / beauty / barber school that you want to attend IF they participate or accept financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on the Pell Grant, the FAFSA form to fill out, and more, you need to go to the Financial Aid Basics Page of this website. The FAFSA form is used for government loans AND GRANTS. The cosmetology school should have a special school code that you will need for the FAFSA form. All schools who participate in the federal financial aid program have a special identifying school code number.

OTHER resources that may help find scholarships for you based on OTHER criteria than just cosmetology

As can be seen from the list above, there are grants and scholarships based on the single criteria of cosmetology. However, it is very possible that YOU qualify for other grants and scholarships for reasons other than you wanting to attend a cosmetology / beauty / barber school. You may qualify for other grants and scholarships because of your gender, ethnicity, disability, medical condition, age, income status, state that you live in, and more. Here are just a few resources that may help you. More resources are listed on The Grants and Scholarships Web Page.

Fastweb is an EXCELLENT scholarship service that is free. It is part of the company. Fastweb is one of the more well-respected and recognized free scholarship search services. You need to register and make a number of selections for your profile. Like most of the free search services, if you do not like the results, then go back and change (edit) some of your original profile criteria and then perform another search. This particular service allows you to choose criteria such as field of study, gender, medical condition, ethnicity, age, country of origin, disability, and much, much more.

Michigan State University Libraries Grants for Individuals at will list a lot of resources devoted to providing grants and scholarships based on different criteria. has a tendency to present some scholarships that we have not seen elsewhere. There are lists of scholarships at this website, as well as a free scholarship search engine.

College Grants and Scholarships with the Minimum Amount of Eligibility Requirements is a Kindle ebook that lists approximately 150 college scholarships that have the least amount of eligibility requirements, so that just about anyone can apply for these scholarships. SOME (NOT ALL) of the scholarships listed can be applied to vocational schools. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, or other groups. This ebook can provide a list of more available scholarships. Some of these scholarships require writing an essay while others require filling out just an application. There are NOT many scholarships available without specific, limiting criteria. There are many resources that will list thousands of scholarships, but a majority of them will have very specific requirements that prevents many students from applying to most of the scholarships listed in the resources. However, this Kindle ebook lists scholarships that most people within the U.S. can apply for. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Previewer in order to view Kindle books on your PC at OR . We know how difficult it is to format documents for the Kindle so the formatting might be kind of strange for some of the text. However, we find the text tolerable and the links work.

How to Apply for College Grants and Scholarships gives advice on the application process once you found the college grant and scholarship that meets your needs.

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