Beauty School Information You Need To Know

There’s so much information when it comes to applying for beauty school. Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know it all at once! When you try to cover everything all at once, applying for school can feel really overwhelming. However, there are a few pieces of beauty school information that will get you started on the right track.Model Call Ad

 

YOU CAN APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

Did you know that you can get scholarships, grants and loans for beauty school just like a four year university? If you fill out a FAFSA, you could be eligible for grants and loans through the federal government. Also, several beauty companies and organizations offer scholarships for students interested in cosmetology. The American Association of Cosmetology Grants & Scholarships has lots of amazing scholarships listed on their website. Check them out!

THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY IS GROWING

A lot of parents wonder if this industry will be right for their child. Can you really make a living as a cosmetologist? Of course you can! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.” As far as salary goes, cosmetologists have the flexibility to make it what they want. The better you work, the more you earn. It’s as simple as that.

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If you want to start your career as soon as possible, Cosmetology is the way to go. In just about a year, you’ll graduate and be on your way towards a creative and rewarding career. If you’re interested in skincare, waxing and makeup, you can earn your Aesthetics degree in just 30 weeks. You’ll have a job you love in no time.

 

Ready to learn even more about beauty school? Set up a tour! We would love to answer any questions you might have. You can also visit our Instagram and Facebook to see what it’s like to be a student at The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton, WI. Questions, please ask! Call us at 920-968-0434 or text 920-931-0090. Our Admissions Team is always happy to help!

What is Cosmetology?

 Defining Cosmetology & What You Can Do with Your Cosmetology Career

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What does a cosmetologist do? Being a cosmetologist goes beyond just cutting hair in a salon setting. As a cosmetologist, you always have to be on the cutting edge of trends and techniques. Licensed cosmetologists are well versed in their training. Their training covers all beauty aspects, client management, environment safety, and maintenance. In order to be truly successful, you also need to have the skills to accomplish nail and aesthetics services. Because cosmetologists work in so many different fields, you have to be exceptional in your management skills while also making each client feel like a star.

 

WHAT IS COSMETOLOGY?

So what is cosmetology? Cosmetology can be defined as “the professional skill or practice of beautifying the face, hair, and skin.” As you can see, cosmetology covers more than just hair. As a cosmetologist, you are also well trained in skincare, nails, and makeup. A cosmetologist can have many duties including:black-blue-candice-accola-color-Favim.com-2840027

  • Styling hair
  • Make-up design
  • Product developer
  • Salon owner
  • Private beauty consultant and much more

WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY COSMETOLOGY LICENSE?

As a professional cosmetologist, the opportunities are limitless. With fashion and style accounting for so much in so many industries, cosmetologists are always in high demand. This gives any person with a great eye for style and personality the chance to enhance their lives. Just imagine, you can travel the world working with high-end product developers or be the hair and makeup stylist on the next blockbuster film! Here are some career paths cosmetologists have taken:

  • Salon Owner / Salon Consultant – Be your own boss or consult other salon owners how to be more successful.
  • Platform Artists – Take center stage with your big personality as a stylist & brand expert at beauty shows, educate stylists on new techniques…
  • Fashion Stylist – Be the stylist behind the scenes of runways and have your work be seen around the world
  • Educator Trainer – train future Cosmetologists at beauty schools
  • Celebrity Stylist – Prep anyone from new’s anchors to big TV or movie personalities for their in the ‘spotlight’ moments.

In order to start a career in cosmetology, you need the proper training. There are several requirements to become a professional cosmetologist, including passing the State Board exam. In order to prepare yourself for the exam, taking the proper courses offered at a beauty school is the best solution. Your training should enhance your creativity and give you a professional skill set. Some of the best cosmetologists are the ones that can blend their creativity into the beauty industry. If they can express their passion for fashion within the hairstyles, techniques and more they are able to produce.

So now that we’ve answered what cosmetology is, how do you get started? Find out how to become a cosmetologist. Check out our website to learn more! Do you have questions about TSPA cosmetology programs and how we can help you achieve your goals? Email or call Admissions at 920-968-0434 or text 920-931-0090.

Career Fair Scheduled for June 5th

CAREER FAIR Monday, June 5th.

Connect with local hiring salons.TSPA Appleton Cosmetology Career Fair

Appleton – Monday, June 5th, between 12:30pm – 1:30 pm At TSPA Appleton.

If you are considering a career in the beauty industry or a near graduate, The Salon Professional Academy Career Fair is a great event for you! This is your chance to meet and interview the local spas & salons who are looking to adopt fresh talent, like you. On Monday, June 5th,  between 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, come see who is going to be the best fit for your career. Maybe you would like to come to get some interviewing experience…maybe both.

Bring your questions, digital portfolios resumes, and get ready to show off your expertise! Don’t have your portfolio perfected yet? Don’t sweat it. Come for the experience. Our Career Fairs are all held quarterly throughout the year and have been a vital part of our student’s placement after graduation. And the best part, it’s free!

If you are a current or graduate of TSPA Appleton, or a salon looking to add to your creative family, you don’t want to miss this event. RSVP here or if you have questions, call Admissions at 920-968-0434. See you at the fair!

 

Financial Aid Guide For Beauty Schools

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Student FASFA Guide For Applying To Beauty Schools That Offer Financial Aid.

The application process for financial aid can be exciting, intimidating and confusing all at the same time. That’s why we have created an informational financial aid guide for beauty schools that demystifies what financial aid is, who qualifies, student aid types & options, when, where and how to get started. You will find informational videos and links to important sites that are core to your qualification process and success.

WHAT IS FINANCIAL AID? Financial aid is money to help pay for postsecondary education or career school. Aid can come from the U.S. Federal Government, the state you live in, the school you want to attend (The Salon Professional Academy Scholarships) or private organizations. The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to qualified students who need help paying for school. Financial Student Aid might be your best option.

WHO CAN APPLY? No matter your age, race, even if your parents are undocumented immigrants, you can and should apply for financial aid by filling out a Free Application for Student Federal Aid(FASFA).

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID I CAN APPLY FOR? There are many federal financial aid types and options to consider:

  • Grants: Grants are often need-based. If you qualify, you typically won’t have to repay the money but there are certain scenarios that may require that a portion or all of the grant funds be repaid(example, if you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a semester). You may still need additional help. Learn more about grant types.
  • Work-study job: another great option to help pay for school if you qualify. Undergraduates qualify to earn minimum wage. You won’t have to pay this back.
  • Student Loans: While student loans help cover the cost of college tuition and fees, it also can be used to pay for room and board, books, and supplies. After all,  grants, work-study job or scholarships can be a huge help but these forms of aid may not help cover the full cost of school. Getting a loan is a big decision, you will be required to repay these once you are out of school. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding how much to borrow: 
    • Don’t Settle – Make sure the school is the right fit for you both educationally and financially.
    • Location – the amount of money you need can be dependent on where your school is located. In-state schools require less funding.
    • Future income – Student loan payments should only be a small portion of your future salary. The amount of your loan will affect your future finances.

WHAT IS ACCREDITATION? In order to receive federal student aid, the institution that you are applying to has to be an accredited school. Accreditation is important because it is a measure of whether a career school or college either meets or exceeds the standards of quality. One of the first steps a student should take is to verify if the school is recognized by a certified accrediting agency. Some of the benefits for you are:

  • Students must attend an accredited institution to apply for federal grants or loans.
  • Helps employers determine whether a graduate is qualified. It is important for employers to know if applicants received a degree or certification from accredited schools or programs.
  • Assists institutions in determining if credits are transferable in the event you need to transfer to another school.

AREN’T ALL BEAUTY SCHOOLS ACCREDITED? No. Accreditation is a voluntary step an institution chooses to take or not. Not all educational institutions want to endure the rigorous self and independent evaluation of the quality of the education they produce.  

HOW SOON CAN I START APPLYING FOR FASFA?  Once you establish your FSA ID, you can apply for financial aid at any time. It takes about 30 minutes to apply and you will be able to know your status right away. Matter of fact, you can begin applying even if you have not filled out an apply now form for our academy. The FASFA application process is pretty simple. We have outlined key links for application pages, videos that show how-tos and other important information about the application process.

WATCH VIDEO: Overview of the Financial Aid Process

Are you ready to get started?

Our guide will make your application for student aid easier. We have included quick overviews of some of the processes and video links that complement the information provided in this guide.

FIRST STEP IN APPLYING FOR FASFA:

CREATE YOUR FSA ID – your electronic passport to federal student aidFinancial Aid Guide For Beauty School Students

WHEN? Get an FSA ID as soon as possible. Before you fill out your FASFA application, you will be required to enter an FSA ID. This is your first step to begin the financial aid process. Create your FSA ID here with step by step instructions. If it is determined that you are a dependent, share this quick video link with your parents to help them understand the process and participation required from them.

WHY? This is your first step in being able to apply for student financial aid. An FSA ID establishes your username and password and is your electronic passport to federal student aid online that lets you access US department of education websites: FASFA.gov or studentloans.gov to start your application.

WHO? You and your parent(s), if you’re a dependent student, MUST set up your FSA ID.  If you are unsure whether you’ll need to provide parental information on the form? How do you find out your dependency status? You will be asked numerous question to determine if you are a dependent or independent student. This is important because:

  • If you are a dependent, then you will need to include your parent’s financial information on your FASFA(Free Application for Student Federal Aid). This means your parent’s financial information will be considered along with your information to determine eligibility for federal student aid.
  •  Independents generally are qualified by the following statuses: a graduate student, on active duty military member, Veteran, Married or 24 or older, you are most likely an independent.
  • There are special circumstances like living with your grandparents and so forth and your FASFA form will provide you feedback on your dependency status.

WATCH VIDEO: FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status

WHAT information will you need to get started?

  • Social Security number – You must have one in order to get an FSA ID.
  • ID or Drivers License
  • W2 form(s) or tax returns from the previous earning year.
  • Be prepared to answer 3 groups of questions:
    • Personal – name address & marital status
    • Financial – income
    • Parental – if applicable or required

WATCH VIDEO:  How to create your FSA ID

APPLY FOR FASFA – APPLICATION

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Watch the video below for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application. Remember, the FASFA is a FREE application for student federal aid. You never have to pay for applying!

WATCH VIDEO: How To Fill Out The FASFA

WATCH VIDEO:  Start the FASFA Application

Information you will need to get started:

  •  FSA ID
  • The school code for TSPA Appleton is #041382
  • Be prepared to answer 3 groups of questions:
    • Personal – name address & marital status
    • Financial – income
    • Parental – if applicable or required

I FILLED OUT MY FASFA NOW WHAT? The great thing about filling out the FASFA online is that you can check it’s processing status a few days later. You will be provided a Student Aid Report (SAR) which is a summary of all the information you provided on the FASFA. Once you have filled out the FASFA form for student aid, you will receive an award letter from our financial aid officer and from each school, you listed on your FASFA application. This letter will explain the federal and non-federal financial aid that a school is offering you. You will be sent an award letter from our financial aid officer and if you have any questions about it, contact us immediately.

 WATCH VIDEO: After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

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For more information about how you can get started in a beauty career at The Salon Professional Academy, visit our website here or contact Admissions at 920-968-0434. You can also text 920-931-0090 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com. 

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