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Grants and Scholarships for Cosmetology, Beauty, Hair Stylist, or Barber Schools


This web page was updated January 2023.

A lot of people want to become a beautician or barber. 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.

Although, we have listed some cosmetology scholarships on this web page, A NUMBER of people have contacted us requesting information for MORE cosmetology scholarships. Please believe me, we know how important it is to find financial aid for cosmetology school, as well as other types of training. Also, we know how hard it can be obtaining the finances to fund an education. Because of the demand for financial aid for cosmetology/beauty/hair stylist/barber school, we will give you our best advice on funding options based on the search for cosmetology scholarships that we have done in the past few years.

1. When you scroll down this web page, you will see a list of cosmetology scholarships that we have found in the past few years. A couple may no longer be available, BUT the organizations that once funded those scholarships MIGHT fund them again. We know that the list is NOT long enough. When we find more, we will put them on this list.

2. Some cosmetology schools will offer their own scholarships. Some cosmetology schools accept traditional federal financial aid such as Pell Grant money. The schools have their own special code where you can apply for federal financial aid. Some of our best advice is to contact a cosmetology school and see what they can do for you in the way of financing.

3. There are a number of scholarships available for students who attend a trade school. Cosmetology schools can be considered a "trade school." We admit that many, many scholarships are specific only to four-year colleges or universities. However, there are scholarships available that will fund a student who wants to go to any "accredited post-secondary school" institution. When you are looking for scholarships, please pay attention to this part of the eligibility requirements. At the bottom of this web page, are links to resources that can help you find these type of resources.

4. If you have no idea on where to begin to search for any type of scholarship then you may want to take about six minutes of your time and view the following YouTube video. It gives a pretty good video summary of where to begin to find scholarships: YouTube Video:  How to Find College Grants and Scholarships



We decided to write the following statement about being careful on applying for scholarships that MAY no longer be available. From our experience of trying to list scholarships that are currently available, we have found that many scholarships stay on the World Wide Web, although the organizations that at one time funded the scholarships, NO LONGER fund the scholarship. We have found that all the information is on the organization's web page, BUT, the date for applying for that scholarship may be a couple years old. Our best advice is that IF a scholarship is listed on a web page AND the date of application is more than a year old, then it is VERY PROBABLE that the scholarship is NOT AVAILABLE. Our best advice is that if you are interested in a scholarship that has older information, then PLEASE TRY TO CONTACT them to see IF the scholarship is currently being offered. Definitely, a number of organizations may delay funding a scholarship for a year or two. However, there are many scholarships that are found on web pages that have been there for years that have NOT been funded for years.


HAVING said all of that above, here is an update of the list of scholarships that we have found in the past few years, devoted to some type of cosmetology training.

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 Grants and Scholarships are listed on this website. The Grants and Scholarships listing is available on their website by clicking the drop down menu listed at that top of their web pages. Click on "Students" and then you can click on "Grants and Scholarships." The direct link is Many (but not all) of the following cosmetology, beauty, and barber school scholarships are listed on their website:


BCL MUD Makeup Scholarship: "Generously funded by Make-up Designory (MUD), the MUD Makeup Scholarship offers five $2,500.00 scholarships twice a year for a total of $25,000. The MUD scholarship is open to any student attending an accredited Cosmetology and/or esthetics school that offers MUD makeup in their program. Established in 2016, the MUD Makeup Scholarship is the first Beauty Changes Lives program focused on makeup artistry.

BENE's Career Academy will provide a long list of scholarships.


Buy-Rite's Annual Beauty School's $1,000 scholarship.


European Wax Center’s “Experts in Wax” Scholarship for Cosmetology or Esthetics Students

This appears to be the new scholarship from European Wax Center that was listed in 2022.

"Scholarship Name:

European Wax Center’s “Experts in Wax” Cosmetology or Esthetics Scholarship – Summer 2022

Award Amount | # of Recipients: $9,000 total awards for Summer 2022 | $3,000 x 3 Recipients 

Applications are open from September 1 – November 30, 2022

Applicant Qualifications:

European Wax Center’s “Experts in Wax” Scholarship requires the following qualifications to be eligible:

PLEASE visit the following web page for MORE information:

IT APPEARS that European Wax Center is committed to offer scholarships as can be seen in this OLD description that was funded a while ago: "Unapologetic You" Scholarship. TWELVE scholarships worth $4,250 for each award will be presented. and


Great Clips Scholarships: and will take you to the Great where they mention scholarships INCLUDING "The Great Scholarship Program in Memory of Alice Maddon Barton.

"At Great Clips, we encourage you to show the world what you’re all about. To make it easier, Great Clips, Inc. provides over $100,000 in scholarships to cosmetology and barbering students each year! Eligible students can apply for a scholarship valued up to $5,000. Open all year to apply. Stay updated by signing up for our Stylisthood e-newsletter!"


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

"Education Rocks" Annual Scholarship awards $250. I will leave this scholarship on this list, for now. The most recent date for application on their website is 2020.

The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship: Joe Francis Haircare is known to offer a scholarship. The award use to be "$1,000 per recipient, paid directly to enrolled school for tuition." HOWEVER, the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of their website says: "Scholarship amounts have varied, but none are lower than $3,000.00 per recipient, paid directly to the cosmetology school of student’s choice."
Please contact Joe Francis Haircare or visit their website for UPDATED 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."

HOWEVER, current information on their website says: "Minerva Beauty is proud to assist up-and-coming stylists with beauty school scholarships to help cover tuition, fees and supplies. For 2022, we are offering quarterly $2,500 scholarships through our partner Canvas ME, a platform created for beauty professionals that provides the ability to create portfolios as well as network within the beauty industry."

For more information on this scholarship, please contact the following websites:

The Professional Beauty Association provides a listing of a number of scholarships varying in financial awards. Please visit their website for more RECENT scholarships than some of these OLDER titles: Hans Neumaier Memorial Scholarship, PBA Sally Beauty Scholarship, and the Smooth N' Shine Cosmetology Scholarship. The scholarships may change each year, BUT this association has a tendency to offer scholarships, so please continue to look for updates at their website.


Rosy Salon Software: "$500 scholarship will be awarded annually (2 - $250 scholarships).". More information is located at their website.


The Salon Professional Academy has a history of providing a scholarship over the years. It may be worth your while to contact this organization to see if the national headquarters or any of their franchises are offering scholarships.

It look like the Salon Professional Academy and Redken teamed up at one time offer a scholarship. However, the date on the following Redken web page is 2019.

Sport Clips "is awarding up to 10 Cosmetology Students who are enrolled in a Barber or Cosmetology School program, a $5,000 scholarship.


Cosmetology Grants and Scholarshps that Come and Go.

It appears that one of the most important websites to contact for cosmetology scholarships is the American Association of Cosmetology Schools at The AACS does a great job of tracking available scholarships and listing them on their website. Following is a list of cosmetology scholarships that seem to come and go. They may relaunch themselves, but then again, maybe not? We list them to let you know that if you get time to check them, then you may find that some on this list are active again.

Avalon School of Cosmetology Annual $1,000 Scholarship

Cameo College of Essential Beauty $1,000 Scholarship

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.

Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology presents "six cosmetology students attending AACS member schools a $1,000 scholarship." Updates can be found at Another web page for access is

Hans Neumaier Memorial Scholarship: "PBA gratefully acknowledges Hans Neumaier, PBA Lifetime member who personally funded this scholarship opportunity. Hans' career in hairdressing and the beauty business spanned 70 successful years, with 55 years as a member of NCA and PBA. His story is one of a PBA Lifetime Member who had dedicated his life to the beauty industry he loved. The maximum award is $1,000 and a minimum of five scholarships will be awarded in 2015. You must be a current PBA student member enrolled full time in an accredited cosmetology school in order to apply for this scholarship.

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

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:

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." Recent information about OPI scholarships can be found in a couple of places such as: AND

The Sally Beauty website is another good place to look for information about available scholarships. Sally Beauty has been known to provide a scholarship, BUT at the time of this writing, I do not see any current information about them offering a scholarship. Please contact them for recent information.



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 on the accreditation web page.

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 six 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 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.

The U.S. Department of Education provides funding for several grants. The Pell Grant is one of the most popular grants that many, many students receive year-after-year. PLEASE do NOT underestimate the value of the Pell Grant as well as other funding opportunities listed at their website. Many students will qualify for, at least, some Pell Grant money. Some students will qualify for the maximum amount of Pell Grant money, which is over $6,000. The maximum amount of money may change yearly.

PLEASE visit a College Financial Aid Office for more information about Federal and State grants, scholarships, and financial aid.


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 College Grants and Scholarships Listed on the World Wide Web page and the College Grants and Scholarships Listed in Books page.


YouTube Video:  How to Find College Grants and Scholarships is a short six-minute video that gives you an overall look at where to find college grants and scholarships. If you have no idea on where to start to find financial aid, then this video will give you a good idea on how to go about finding free money in the form of financial aid, grants, and scholarships for college or trade schools for a variety of groups of people such as nursing students, single moms, women, and just about any U.S. Citizen seeking scholarships with the least amount of eligibility requirements.'s goal is to help would-be hairstylists, makeup artists, skin care specialists, manicurists, and even barbers find out exactly what it takes to meet the state licensing requirements necessary to become a salon professional. There are a number of resources at this website that can be of help for "would-be hairstylists, makeup artists, skin care specialists, manicurists, barbers."

Fastweb is a scholarship service that is free. It is part of the company. Fastweb is one of the more popular 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. PLEASE pay attention to the web pages as some of the pages/forms may be ADVERTISEMENTS for colleges that you are filling out and NOT the scholarship website's profile/registration.

Michigan State University Libraries Grants for Individuals at will list a lot of resources devoted to providing grants and scholarships based on different criteria.


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, (BUT NOT ALL) of these scholarships can be applied for VOCATIONAL OR TRADE schools. This ebook NEEDS an UPDATE, but, many of the scholarships continue to be active. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, or students looking for cosmetology scholarships. 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.

The following are a couple examples of SOME scholarships within this ebook that will be able to be applied to trade schools. They are good examples of how you do not need a scholarship specifically for cosmetology in order to obtain scholarship money. Cosmetology school can be considered a trade school. However, many scholarships need to be applied to an "accredited" trade school.

The Cover Guy Annual Scholarship Contest

The ServiceScape Scholarship


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