Beauty School Financial Aid Options

You open the magazine and … get into a fairy tale. From the page to the page, you find awesome creatures that are full of beauty, inspiration, and charm, and you have no idea what is happening on Earth. In fact, everything’s not as it appears in fashion magazines. Behind every fashion project, there are dozens of serious professionals. Have you decided to become one of them?

Then obviously, you have to start small. Well, not so small but very important – education. You need to enter university that is specialized in the fashion business. By the way, do you know how many professions does fashion business encompass? Designer, stylist, PR-manager, VM manager – and the end of this list is far away. But the key element which is related to all faculties and specialties is a motivation letter without which you cannot enter the university at all.

The competition is incredibly high, so it is important to think in advance about how to write such a motivation letter. Word of advice: be original, think in business categories and do not cite Chanel. Want to find out more?

What Is More Important: Portfolio or Motivation?

Beauty School Financial Aid Options

There are several financial aid options available to beauty school students who qualify.

How Much Does Beauty School Cost?

Take advantage of our net price calculator (NPC). It will help you better understand the tuition required for your beauty school education, as well as estimated costs for books, supplies, and other materials. Our NPC, which also takes into account demographic and earnings information, will also show you the level of merit-based or need-based grants that you should expect to receive.

Available Financial Aid Programs

To find out what financial aid options you qualify for, contact one of our Beauty Schools and speak with the Financial Aid Coordinator, who can assist you in determining what options might be best for you.

Veterans Affairs Education Benefits

As a VA-approved beauty school, we are honored to help the courageous men and women who serve our country (and their families) follow their dreams in the cosmetology industry. Review all of the available VA education benefit programs, and apply for your benefits today!

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers several education and training benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program, and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program. If you are a veteran or family member of a veteran, you may qualify for one of these financial aid options.

If you have any questions, contact us. Our Financial Aid Coordinator will help find the answers you need!

Apply For Financial Aid

To find out what financial aid options you qualify for, your first step should be filing your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form. By doing so, you will be activated within the government system and your eligibility for grants will be determined. While you are filling out your financial aid application our FAFSA Codes are:

Couer d’Alene FAFSA Code: 016433
Bellingham FAFSA Code: E01821
Boise FAFSA Code: E02172

Cosmetology Program Overview

Program Overview
Our hands-on approach to learning, high-end salon environment, and highly trained instructors make our beauty schools the premier option for fast tracking you to your career as a professional cosmetologist. More than that, by the time you have graduated you will you will have already started to establish your customer base. The feedback we receive from salon employers is how they are impressed by how well prepared our students are for life beyond the State Board exam. You will learn the hottest trends, gain exposure to potential employers, and learn how to be the best from the best.

Program Instruction
Your first 350-400 hours at a The Beauty Institute-Schwarzkopf Professional will be spent learning each of the New Classic Cuts and Colors collections from the Schwarzkopf Professional® brand and advanced from there. Our instructors will walk you through the process step by step. To prepare you to become a professional hairdresser, we utilize live instructor demonstrations, hands-on mannequin training, illustrations, textbook examples, and videos.

Salon Experience
The clients that schedule appointments at our student salons are looking for the latest haircuts and hair colors. The real-life salon experience provides you with an opportunity to familiarize yourself with current hairstyle trends and develop in-demand skills. You will start building your customer base before you even graduate!

Hands-On Learning
We believe that an artist can learn best when they are free to experiment, and it is this concept that makes our students successful hairdressers. In addition to the textbook examples, you will be given opportunities to gain first-hand experience and knowledge. For example, you will get to mix hair colors in the dispensary instead of having an instructor do it for you. We have spared no expense to ensure that you have the best hands-on training for hair coloring techniques by using the professional Schwarzkopf line of colors.

State Licensing
We will prepare you to successfully pass the State Board exam by helping you to complete each of the practical skills tasks outlined State Board sheets. You can be rest assured that your education at our beauty schools will be comprehensive and facilitate every step of becoming a licensed professional hairdresser.


Get Your Dream Job


Cosmetology Career
We recognize your individual potential and want to help develop your skills as a talented cosmetologist! We are committed to helping prepare you for your dream job. In 2012 to 2013 56% of our students found jobs in the industry within 180 days.

Here is how we help you get your dream job after graduation:

  1. We make information about job opportunities by potential employers publicly available in the student break room.
  2. Interview training is a part of your education at The Beauty Institute-Schwarzkopf Professional in Bellingham, so you are prepared for your interviews.
  3. Our instructors will review your resume and make recommendations to help you have an edge over your competition.
  4. Salon representatives are available periodically to conduct on-site interviews with students interested in becoming an employee for local salons.

What jobs require beauty school education?
You will need to enroll in beauty school if you want to be a Salon Stylist, Special Effects Make Up Artist, Manager, Owner, Director, Product Company Representative, or a Platform Artist. Being a cosmetology educator requires specialized education and certification, but the first step is to take our basic course.

If you are ready to get serious about pursuing your dreams, apply now! We will be here to guide you through every step of the way.

Your Career Is Our Focus

Our focus from the moment you walk through our doors is on your future career. From our 6high-quality curriculum to our ASK Education, we give you a head start on the competition. By the time you finish your education with us, you will be fully prepared to pursue your dreams.

Your Career

Being a cosmetologist is a fast-paced career where you will be able to provide a service for people that makes them feel better about themselves and helps them to succeed. The best part is you will also get paid well to do so.

Salon Stylist or Owner

We have created an environment where you are building up your clientele as you learn. You will be able to bring them with you which adds a ton of value to your salon as an owner or your employer as an employee.

Make-Up Artist

In addition to the foundational beauty makeup training you will receive from our instructors, we bring in top makeup artists to teach intermediate to advanced classes. We frequently create opportunities for you to be able to try new things, from doing the makeup for ballet performers to zombie special effects makeup.

Interview And Resume Training

Part of the education we provide includes training for your first interview. We do not stop there as our instructors will review your resume with you and make recommendations to help you build a better resume.

By choosing our beauty school, you are starting your career in cosmetology from the first day you walk through the doors! Schedule your first visit to launch your new career in cosmetology.

Hands On Experience


Hands On Experience

One of the biggest benefits that we offer at The Beauty Institute-SKP is hands on experience. A lot of our students have tried a different career path such as a nurse. They find that our beauty institute fits their personality because instead of just learning from a book, they get to learn through hands-on experience.

Institute Benefits

  • There are great opportunities for recreation and jobs after you finished your education.
  • We give a lot of personal attention to each student. You will get to benefit from the real-world experience of our instructors.
  • Our staff members are invested in your success, and they care about your education because our students are our most important priority.
  • We have specialists that come in every quarter to teach classes about topics ranging from avant-garde makeup, specialty hair treatments, how to get unique colors and more.

Fast Paced

With our fast-paced, engaging program, you will be learning new things every day. In the first four weeks, you will be able to learn and practice haircuts on mannequins. The next four weeks you will learn the theories behind hair color and processing, and practice the techniques.

After eight weeks, you will be ready to start working with real clients. A staff member will be available to supervise and answer all of your questions. We filter the clients who come through to match them with the right student. If it’s your first time, we’re not going to give you a complex, multi-layered haircut. We’ll give you the guy who just wants a buzz cut or the lady who just wants a trim around the edges to help you build your confidence.

Depending on your attendance, your beauty education could be finished in ten and a half months to thirteen months. What are you waiting for? In a year from now, you could be living your dream!

Take the first step towards a new career and schedule your private tour today!

Fashion Oriented

Our Beauty Institutes in Bellingham, Boise and Coeur d’Alene follow the tradition of 4Schwarzkopf Professional of innovation and success while teaching a passion for hair. Our high-end, fashion oriented education can make your career a success.

A cosmetologist is a skilled artist that must learn to balance fashion and creativity with business sense. Our program provides you with a very solid foundation and allows you to have the room to grow in artistic ability. We know your skill and creativity will speak volumes.

Almost every beauty school focuses more on the business aspect. They will teach you more about how to sell product and less about how to hone your talents as an artist. You are going to need to sell yourself to your future clients, and we will help you with that, but not to the detriment of refining your art.

What careers require a beauty school education with a focus on fashion?

You will need to enroll in beauty school if you want to be a Salon Stylist, Special Effects Make Up Artist, Manager, Owner, Director, Product Company Representative, or a Platform Artist. Being a cosmetology educator requires specialized education and certification, but the first step is to take our basic course.

If you want fashion oriented, high-end education, schedule your private tour at The Beauty Institute-SKP today!

Getting Started


Everything you need to know to get started at The Beauty Institute-Schwarzkopf Professional

Are you ready to pursue your dreams of being a hair professional with top-of-the-industry skills? As long as you are at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma (or equivalent), you have everything you need to get started!

  1. Choose one of our beauty schools. We have a location in Bellingham, Washington, Boise, Idaho, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
  2. Schedule a tour. You will get a tour of the beauty school, and we will describe what it’s like to be a student. You will learn about the exciting opportunities available to our graduates, and we will talk with you about what you are looking for in a beauty school.
  3. Complete and submit your application(s). The next step is to fill out and submit your beauty school application and financial aid applications (as applicable).
  4. Provide your identification and diploma. You must supply a copy of your photo ID, Social Security card (or birth certificate), and your high school diploma (or equivalent).
  5. Pay your registration fee and student kit deposit. 
  6. Complete your beauty school entrance exam.
  7. Attend student orientation. You will have a chance to understand what our expectations are of our students and our cosmetology program.
  8. Start your beauty school experience.
  9. First-day all-school assembly. You will attend an all-school assembly to celebrate the graduation of seniors and introduce you and the rest of the new freshman class. Next you receive your student kit, learn what everything is and how to care for it. In the afternoon, you will be trained on shampooing and braiding techniques.
  10. You will develop your skills quickly. You will complete your very first haircut the very next day before learning eight hairstyles over the course of a month.


SKP Culture


Learn more about our unique SKP culture and our focus on your career

We have created a SKP Culture that exists in all of our beauty schools and provides a unique benefit to all of our students. From your very first visit, you will notice the difference that our focus on your success makes. Here is how it works.

Your First Visit
Our focus is on you the moment you walk through the door. Our job is to show you the inner rock star potential that you possess. We give you a personal tour, and answer any and all of the questions you have.

Client Focus
The SKP culture is a defining part of what it means to be a hair stylist. You will learn how to make your clients feel more comfortable and confident with you as their stylist. We also simplifies the process of discovering what it is they are wanting and being able to assess what you will need to provide to accomplish it. In the end by putting the focus on them and making them feel like a rockstar you are elevating their experience with you and the style you provide.

SKP Team
We have also created the SKP team where we recognize and reward the hard work and diligence of our students. This team is made up of all the students who have the highest grades, the best attitude, and the highest attendance score.

We are very proud to say that every student that has ever been a member of the SKP team has always found an amazing job and has gone on to enjoy a successful career.

By getting the best grades, you show you have mastered the curriculum and by having the highest attendance score, you have fast tracked your learning experience.

We look forward to being able to let your be the focus of what you are doing! What are you waiting for? Schedule your first visit today!

Schwarzkopf Rocking Project Runway All Stars!

1Have you seen the premiere of season five Project Runway All stars? Schwarzkopf Professional has partnered with Lifetime Network to do all of the hair stylings for the entire season!

We are excited for everyone to be able to see the creative genius behind the innovative
Schwarzkopf Professional company. Linh Nyung will join the Project Runway All stars team as the lead hairstylist to transform the model’s runway looks in the official Schwarzkopf Hair Studio with the complete range of Schwarzkopf essense ULTIME and Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME products.

Only a handful of schools in America have been given the honor of representing Schwarzkopf Professional including our beauty institutes in Bellingham, Boise and Coeur d’Alene. We teach a passion for hair utilizing a history that works for you.

“We are very excited to be the official hair sponsor of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars. We are passionate about offering high performing hair care and styling products for every consumer so that they can create their own runway look at home. Therefore, the sponsorship between Project Runway All Stars and Schwarzkopf is a perfect fit.” ~ Nadine Berghaus

Schedule your private tour of our beauty institute today!

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