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Thank you for your interest in Hair Design. Our admissions policy requires that you have a high school diploma or GED in order to enroll, and we are currently scheduling visits to enroll only to those graduating in 2016 or earlier.

We do offer information sessions for high school students graduating in 2017 or later at 4:00 P.M. on the third Wednesday of every month. To attend an information session, call 1-800-964-2396.

Financial Aid

We will help to explain how funding works and walk through the financial assistance application process with you.

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Financial Assistance

  • Don’t wait! You do not need to choose a school to start the process.
  • Up to 10 different schools can receive your financial aid information.
  • The online process is free and quick. (Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA)
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FIND OUT
what kind of Financial Aid is possible
  • Grants – These types of funds are issued by the government and given to students in financial need. They do not need to be repaid.
  • Scholarships – The Hair Design Schools, along with other schools and groups offer scholarships. Ask an admissions representative at the school what they offer!
  • Federal Student Loans – These loans must be repaid, with interest, when you leave school. This borrowed money can help you afford the cost of your education.
  • Veterans – Ask your admissions representative for details! There are many scholarships, grants and loans available for Veterans of the United States of America.
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fasfa.gov to apply
  • Complete this step by going to www.fafsa.gov
  • You will need information about yourself and your financial situation, like your name, Social Security number, address, birth date, etc.
  • If you are still a dependent, you may need to provide your parent’s information as well. The website will ask you a series of questions to determine if you are a “dependent” or “independent” student.
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What types of aid you are eligible for
  • After you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR is a summary of the information you submitted on the FAFSA. This document will NOT tell you how much financial aid you will receive. However, if all the information is correct, save it for your records.
  • If you enroll at the Hair Design School, you will have a conference call with a financial aid advisor and an award letter will be mailed to you from the school, informing you of the amount of aid you are eligible for.
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your rights and what you are responsible for
  • Scholarships and grants do NOT need to be repaid.
  • However, student loans DO need to be repaid, with interest. Just like buying a car or a home, you cannot cancel a loan because you didn’t like the education you received, or the job you have after graduation, or if you are having financial problems.
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Begin to Apply for Financial Assistance Now!

During the time you are researching schools and deciding where you want to get your education, it’s important to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can.

You will need to complete the FAFSA application in order to qualify for federal, state or school financial aid.

The FAFSA application gives you access to the largest source of Federal Financial Aid to pay for school. It is free and quick.

You can send your FAFSA information to up to 10 schools, so there is no need to wait.

To complete this important application go to www.fafsa.gov

What Kind of Financial Aid is Available?

It doesn’t matter how old you are or how much money you make, every student who meets certain eligibility requirements can get some type of federal student aid.

Eligible students meet the following basic requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have a valid social security number.
  • Are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school.
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male between 18 and 25 years of age.
  • Have a H.S. diploma, GED or have completed a homeschooling program approved by your state.

There are 2 main types of federal student aid: grants and loans.

Grants do not have to be repaid. The U.S. Department of Education and other sources offer several types of grants.

  • Federal Pell Grant: Undergraduates with financial need can receive a Federal Pell Grant for up to 12 semesters (or a total of 6 years).
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: For undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Funds depend on availability at school.
  • ACE Grant: Prospective students should request information, an application and salon assessment for the ACE Grant Program from the Beauty and Barber Supply Institute by calling (800) 468-2272. ACE Grant application, salon assessment and proof of high school graduate or GED should be sent to your Hair Design School of interest.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant: For students who are not PELL eligible due only to less financial need, but whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11 and who were, at the time of death, less than 24 years of age.

Loans must be repaid, as they are borrowed money for college or career school. The U.S. Department of Education offers several kinds of student loans.

  • Direct Subsidized Loans: For undergraduates who have financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays interest while borrower is in school and during grace and deferment periods.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans: For all undergraduate students. The borrower is responsible for all interest.
  • Direct PLUS Loans: For parents of dependent undergraduate students. Borrower is responsible for all interest.

Scholarships, much like grants, do not have to be paid back. The Hair Design School, along with other schools and organizations, offer scholarships.

The following scholarships are available through The Hair Design School’s parent company, Empire Education Group:

  • Empire Education Group High School Senior Scholarship: We encourage all high school seniors interested in a career in beauty to apply for an Empire Education Group High School Senior Scholarship. More than 100 high school seniors will receive scholarships during the coming year.
  • Empire Education Group Good Attendance Scholarship: Hair Design School students reaching 90 percent cumulative attendance are eligible for a $1000 scholarship. This scholarship is designed for students enrolled in the full cosmetology program. Lesser scholarships are available for those with an 85% to 89.99% attendance average.
  • Empire Gives Back Scholarship: In conjunction with our Empire Gives Back program, Hair Design School students living in an anti-domestic violence program shelter within 6 months prior to school are eligible for up to $3,000 in scholarship money.

Through our various partners in the beauty industry, the following scholarships are available to cosmetology students.

  • The Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program: A Great Clips Cosmetology School Scholarship for current students, high school students and anyone interested in cosmetology or barbering as a career can apply for a scholarship through the Alice Madden Barton Scholarship program. These scholarships can be used at any cosmetology or barbering school. The scholarships are given out twice a year in January and July to applicants who can demonstrate a passion for the craft and dedication to developing their skills. The deadlines for applications are June 30 and December 31.
  • Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships: The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation offers scholarships and celeb mentorships throughout the year. Opportunities are available for prospective & current students, as well as licensed cosmetologists.
  • Beauty Schools Marketing Group Scholarship: Beauty Schools Marketing Group is offering a $2,500 cosmetology school scholarship to help cosmetology school students live their dreams! Apply for the Beauty Schools Marketing Group scholarship at beautyschoolsdirectory.com
  • Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship: Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship awards $1,000 scholarships for students enrolled or applying for enrollment to a barber or cosmetology school. Esthetician or Nail training students are not eligible. For details visit www.joefrancis.com.
  • OPI Scholarships: OPI's offers multiple scholarships for Cosmetology students attending AACS member schools in the amount of each from through the Schaeffer Family Foundation. Recipients are based on an essay and one industry recommendation. For more information visit www.beautyschools.org.
  • Sport Clips Scholarship: Sport Clips Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity available through AACS, which is awarding multiple $1,000 scholarships for Cosmetology students who attend AACS member schools. Only one scholarship recipient will be chosen from an individual school per year for the program. For more information visit www.beautyschools.org.

Are you a United States Veteran?

Some Hair Design School’s are approved for Veteran's Educational Benefits for veterans, eligible dependents of deceased or disabled veterans and active status National Guard and Reserve personnel. Any student interested in this type of benefit must verify with the school representative that the school is eligible for benefits.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The FAFSA application is the first step in applying for Federal Student Aid. Go to www.fafsa.gov to complete this step. You will need to provide information about you and your financial situation, such as your name, date of birth, address, Social Security number, etc. You may need to provide information about your parents if you are a “dependent” student. The website will ask you a series of questions to determine if you are a “dependent” or “independent” student.

Once you complete the FAFSA application, your information is shared with up to 10 schools you listed on your FAFSA.

The financial aid office at your listed school uses your FAFSA to determine how much federal student aid you may receive at that school. If the school awards its own funds (in the form of scholarships) it might use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for their awards.

Your FAFSA also goes to higher education agencies in the state in which the schools where you apply are located. Many states have financial aid funds they give out based on FAFSA information.

What Happens After FAFSA?

Once you fill out the FAFSA application, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR is a summary of the financial information you submitted. You should receive your SAR within 3 days to 3 weeks after you submitted your FAFSA. If you provided an email on your FAFSA application, a link will be emailed to you where you will find your electronic SAR. Otherwise, you will be mailed a paper copy. This will NOT tell you how much financial aid you’ll receive, however, if all of your information is correct, save this report for your records.

Next, if you enroll at The Hair Design School, you will be mailed an award letter from the school informing you of the amount of aid you are eligible for.

How much aid you receive depends on several factors including the cost of attendance, Expected Family Contribution (the number used to calculate how much financial aid you’re eligible for based on the information in your FAFSA), year in school, and if you are attending full-time or part-time.

Your Rights and What You are Responsible For

Student loans are borrowed money and need to be repaid, with interest.

When your school’s financial aid office sends you an award letter, they will ask you to indicate which financial aid you want to accept. You do not have to accept all of the aid you are offered. It’s a good idea to start with aid that does not need to be repaid, such as grants and scholarships. From there you can determine if you will need to accept student loans to pay the remainder.

Student loans are similar to car loans and home mortgages, in that you cannot have these loans cancelled because you didn’t like the education you received, didn’t get the job you anticipated, or are having financial problems.

Because you will need to pay these loans back, you will want to think about the amount of loans you’ll need to repay before you accept the funds. We suggest only borrowing as much money as you need, even if you qualify for more, so there will be less to pay back after school.

While you will be responsible for repaying your loans immediately after you stop attending school, you can also pay on your loans while you are in school.

Again, grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid.

Federal Student Aid Programs

To learn more about about Federal student aid programs for 2014/15, read below.

Program Type of Aid Program Details Annual Amount
Federal PELL Grant Grant
Does not have to be repaid
Available to undergraduates $5,730
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Grant
Does not have to be repaid
For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; Federal PELL Grant recipients take priority; funds depend on availability at school $100 to $300
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Grant
Does not have to be repaid
For students who are not PELL eligible due only to having less financial need whose parent or guardian died as a result if military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11 and who were, at the time of the death, less than 24 years of age and enrolled at least halftime in an approved institution. $5,157
Direct Subsidized Loan Loan
Must be repaid with interest
US Department of Educating pays the interest while borrower is in school. Student must have financial need. Interest rate is 4.66% $3,500 to $4,500
Direct Unsubsidized Loan Loan
Must be repaid with interest
Borrower is responsible for all interest. Financial need is not required. Interest rate is 4.66% $2,000 to $6,000
Direct PLUS Loan Loan
Must be repaid with interest
For parents of dependant students. Borrower is responsible for the interest. Financial need is not required. Interest rate is 7.21%. Maximum amount is the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives.
Empire Education Group Scholarships Does NOT have to be paid back Not based on need. All Empire Education Group scholarships are outlined in our catalog and can be found on our website. See above for details.
Outside Scholarships Does NOT have to be paid back Not based on need. See above for details.
Institutional Programs Monthly Payments Affordable monthly payments designed for each student’s remaining balance. Designed to cover a remaining balance after all aid is awarded.
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