Grants & Scholarships

The beauty industry wants you!

American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) partners with industry sponsors to offer scholarships and grants to deserving cosmetology students.

More information and applications will be available on additional scholarships soon so check back often.

Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships

Established as a 501c3 in 2013, Beauty Changes Lives is a non-profit organization awarding beauty school tuition scholarships generously funded by leading beauty brands. The Beauty Changes Lives scholarship portfolio includes tuition scholarships for aspiring hairstylists, nail professionals, estheticians, makeup artists, massage therapists and barbers. In addition to “basic” scholarships, Beauty Changes Lives offers “advanced” scholarships for licensed professionals, including beauty educators. Since its inception, Beauty Changes Lives has awarded more than 500 scholarships, opening doors of opportunity that range from working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, to opening thriving businesses.

For more information, visit Or call BCL directly at 760-733-8383

Beauty Schools Directory $2,500 Cosmetology Scholarship

The team is proud to offer a $2,500 scholarship for students and professionals changing others’ lives through wellness and beauty. If you’re ready to begin a fulfilling and rewarding career in the beauty and wellness industry, or if you are continuing your education to pursue your next career goal, submit the application form below for the chance to win a $2,500 scholarship toward your tuition and education expenses.

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Bioelements Skincare

The 2022 Esthetics Entrepreneur Award will award and support four estheticians pursuing a professional skin care entrepreneurship.  Award recipients receive a Bioelements Opening Order Plan to launch their start-up esthetic spa business, plus advanced education, a Bonus Box of support tools, a Spa Locator listing on, social media exposure and a dedicated Bioelements Regional Education + Success Manager as their personal mentor for 6 months – a total value of $2,000+ to jump start their entrepreneurial esthetics career. Application deadline: January 09, 2023. Details can be found here.

Buy-Rite Beauty Annual Cosmetology Scholarship

The scholarship is from Buy-Rite Beauty, and is for $1,000 for those students interested in pursuing a degree in cosmetology. All participants must have applied to or be enrolled in as full-time beautician/cosmetology students. For more information click here.

Dermalogica Scholarship Program

Each scholarship covers a six-month enrollment to Expert Program workshops (a $1400+ value), culminating in becoming a Dermalogica Expert. Each recipient will have access to and the IDI Job Board and support from a local Business Consultant to help with their career journey.

For more information, click here.


Great Clips Great Scholarship Program

The annual Great Scholarship Program, given in memory of Alice Madden Barton, offers financial assistance to students across North America totaling over $100,000. The program supports those students pursuing careers in cosmetology by providing tuition assistance. Alice Madden Barton saw firsthand how a career in cosmetology provided opportunity for growth and financial stability. Her hope was that more “young folks” have the same opportunity, so Ray and Rhoda (Great Clips Chairman and Co-Chair of the Board) started the Great Scholarship Program in her memory.

Fall scholarship application period: March 2 – September 1. Recipients notified by no later than October 31.

Scholarship values provided by Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. funds this national recruiting program. A total of twenty-two $5,000 scholarships will be given annually to students throughout the United States and Canada.

How students apply

The application is open year-round. Students will fill out an application and essay question by visiting or texting “SCHOLARSHIP” to 98765.

Scholarship applicants will have an opportunity for award during two calendar periods, spring, and fall. Students applying from January 15-September 1 are eligible for the current calendar year Great Scholarship Program. Students that apply after September 1, will be eligible for the Great Scholarship Program for the following year if they remain students and have a balance on their tuition. Applicants must comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Great Scholarship Program. Checks will be made out to the cosmetology schools (or financial institution that holds the loan) to be used towards the winner’s balance.

Hair Freedom For All Fun Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded to BIPOC Cosmetology Students and BIPOC licensed professionals for continuing education or cosmetology school. Application deadline: December 31, 2022

For more information click here.

Keller Cosmetology Scholarship

Keller International now offers a unique cosmetology scholarship opportunity for one student each year as a way to alleviate some of the financial burden they accrue during their educational journey. The winner of this contest will be rewarded $1000.00 towards their tuition fees!* This scholarship is open to cosmetology and barber students.

For more information click here.

Kendall Ong Memorial Scholarship

Three (3) $500 scholarships will be awarded to licensed cosmetologists for industry-related continuing education. Application deadline: October 15, 2022

For more information click here.

Massage Envy Scholarship

Massage Envy National Scholarship Sweepstakes for Massage Therapists, each awardee will receive a $2,500scholarship that can be used to attend any massage school of their choice. Eight scholarships will be awarded each month from October 2022 through September 2023.

For more information click here.

Milady Rise Scholarship

Be one of the TEN lucky recipients to get a $500 Milady RISE Scholarship, administered by the Professional Beauty Association. Milady is on a mission to drive career success and this scholarship, exclusive for Milady RISE-certified individuals who understand the impact you’re able to make, is here to help you continue your growth in the industry.

The next application period will open on March 1, 2023. Please return then to apply. In the meantime, get Milady RISE Certified in Client Well-Being & Safety so that you’re ready to apply when the time comes.

For RISE Scholarship information click here.

PBA Lifetime Member

Scholarships will be awarded to current PBA Preferred and Student Members to use towards continuing education or cosmetology school. A total of five (5) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2022. Application deadline: March 31, 2023

For more information click here.

Rosy Salon Software Cosmetology Scholarship

Introducing the ROSY REWARDS scholarship program by Rosy Salon Software. A $10,000 annual scholarship fund just for future salon professionals! Are you a Cosmetology student? Are you as passionate about the industry as we are? Do you know somebody else who is? Enter for a chance to win one of 12 scholarships offered annually! Awarded quarterly.

For more information click here.

Two (2) – $250 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology, barber or esthetics program in the US or Canada resulting in a cosmetology, barber or esthetics license.  To show their dedication to diversity, inclusivity, and bettering the lives of others, Rosy Salon Software is awarding at least half of all scholarships to minority students. Application deadline: October 1, 2022

For more information click here.

Six Inch Shears Scholarship

Two (2) – $500 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in school that will result in a barber license or active licensed cosmetologists who are returning to school to obtain their barber license. Application deadline: September 15, 2022

For more information click here.


For convenience to the public, AACS has provided above information about additional scholarship programs that may be available to eligible applicants including links to independent websites managed by scholarship program sponsors.

Neither AACS nor any AACS Member School directs or manages the content of such websites and all questions regarding the availability and terms of, and conditions for award of, any scholarship should be directed to the program sponsor.

By completing and submitting a scholarship application, you may be required by the scholarship program sponsor to consent to the use of your contact information or related application details for marketing, promotional or other purposes. Review the terms and conditions of any scholarship or grant program for applicable conditions and requirements.

AACS may share information I provide to AACS member schools and I may be contacted by one or more AACS member schools about educational services. By providing this information, I consent to being contacted by any AACS member school, including receiving autodialed and/or pre-recorded telemarketing calls from or on behalf of any AACS Member school at the telephone number provided above. I understand that consent is not a condition of receiving such educational services.