Cosmetology Scholarships

Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, "The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy." While there are some people who are passionate about beauty products, there are others with the artistic inclination and desire to help people transform their looks. Furthermore, cosmetology isn't solely about aesthetic transformation but about helping people feel happy and confident.

Beauty school, like any college or university education, is not cheap. Although beauty school is outside of a traditional college setting, the education can still be costly and leave students wondering how they will pay for school. Depending on the school you choose to attend, the tuition costs can get pricey. Some certificate programs in cosmetology may have limited financial aid opportunities attached. Aspiring cosmetology students also may not think to look for cosmetology scholarships, thinking they need to pay their way through school on their own. Like all other fields and trades, there are many scholarship opportunities for students pursuing a career in the beauty industry.

Cosmetology students need not rely entirely on student loans to help them get through college. Foundations such as the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation offers a variety of scholarships based on skill level and discipline. List below are just a few of the cosmetology scholarships you can find on our site. For more information on cosmetology scholarships, as well as scholarship awards for your other attributes and interests, conduct a free college scholarship search.

BCL Mud Makeup Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/3/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Generously funded by Make-up Designory (MUD), the MUD Makeup Scholarship offers five $2,500 scholarships twice a year for a total of $25,000. The MUD scholarship is open to any student attending an AACS member school who is enrolled in an Esthetics or Cosmetology program that offers a minimum of 300 hours of additional makeup curriculum. The MUD Makeup Scholarship is the first Beauty Changes [...] More

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,200
  • The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship awards are for students enrolling in cosmetology school. Applications accepted January through June 1st each year. If you graduate from cosmetology or barber school between the dates of January 1st through August 31st of the current award year, you are not eligible. Esthetician or nail training students are not eligible. Applicant must be planning to enroll by [...] More

Oregon Barbers and Hairdressers Grant Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • To qualify for the Oregon Barber and Hairdresser Grant Program, you must be a resident of Oregon who is attending or will attend a licensed school of barbering, hair design, cosmetology or manicure in Oregon that participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. You must enroll full-time in a program which is at least nine months long or 900 clock hours. You must have a significant need [...] More

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Last Reviewed: January 2020