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Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by Admin 1 Comment


Paying for Higher Education

Generally, scholarships and grants are hard to find and even harder to receive. They are not the most common method of funding education. Other options to consider for funding your education may include home equity loans, retirement savings accounts, cash values in life insurance policies, bank loans or gifts/loans from friends and family. Many of our students take advantage of our flexible repayment plans. Some also work full time and attend school part time in order to make their education more affordable.

Step One: File A FAFSA

Before applying for any other form of financial aid, this is the first step to take. File a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Filing this document ensures your consideration for federal grant programs, along with other forms of federal aid.

The FAFSA can be filed either electronically online at Our School code is 017369. Information about you is included in the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for grant money.

Step Two: Wait for Your Student Aid Report

Within 1 to 3 business days we should receive your Student Aid Report. The SAR is a document which outlines your EFC, Expected Family Contribution, to your educational expenses. If your EFC is a small amount, you are more likely to qualify for grants.

The Student Aid Report also contains a section specifying what kinds of federal aid you are qualified for. If the income you reported on your FAFSA was low, you may be eligible for a need-based grant. The Federal Pell Grant is one example of a need-based grant.

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Scholarship Resources

Many private grants & scholarships require that recipients be currently enrolled in an educational program in order to qualify. Atlanta School of Massage makes no promise the accuracy or guaranteed eligibility of any scholarships listed below.

Some of the larger grant and scholarship programs are quite competitive, with many applicants, but smaller grant programs exist with better chances of obtaining grant money. A lot of effort, time, and patience go into applying for grants, some things which many students are not willing to expend. However there are resources you can investigate such as scholarships through your local church, civic/professional organization or your own internet research.


Women aged 50-plus are eligible for AARP Scholarships that fund community college, technical college and continuing education programs.  Financial need is required, and successful applicants are enrolled in certificate, diploma or associate’s degree programs.

PEO International

 A non-profit organization with grants and other forms of aid available to women for education purposes. The PEO Program for Continuing Education Grant is for women who wish to return to college and complete their education. Awards are based on financial need and the necessity for more education, education that will allow the applicant to get the kind of job that guarantees family survival.

Federal Pell Grants

 One of the best known grant programs in the country, the Pell Grant is awarded to millions of students every year.

Aurie J. Gosnell Scholarship

 Four scholarships in the amount of $1,250 are awarded each year to eligible individuals for training in cosmetology and related fields (barber, esthetics, nail technology).  The application form may be downloaded from the NIC website at  

Beauty Schools Directory

The Beauty Schools Directory scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship awarded four times per year to prospective students who wish to pursue an education and career in the beauty disciplines, including but not limited to esthetics and skin care, makeup artist training, laser hair removal and electrolysis and permanent makeup.

NCEA’s Esthetician Scholarship

Eligible esthetician students can receive a $1,000 incentive scholarship while attending esthetic school. Applicants must be midway through an esthetician only training program, maintain at least 80% attendance, and 80% grade average.  A selection committee comprised of NCEA members will review all applications that meet the requirements and are verified by the student’s school.

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation 

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation scholarship offers educational support for women, especially those who live on a low income or those who have children in their homes. Patsy Takemoto Mink was a congresswoman from Hawaii and was the first Asian woman elected to congress. Her passion was to increase access of educational support and increase educational availability to women. For more information and to apply for the The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation scholarship, visit the website here

The Soroptomist Women’s Opportunity Award International Scholarship

The Soroptomist Women’s Opportunity scholarship disburses money to women to give them the financial resources necessary to improve their education, skills and prospects for employment. Women who are the primary financial head of household and who are enrolled in or accepted into a vocational or skills training program or an undergraduate degree program are eligible to apply. For more information or to apply for the Women’s Opportunity award through the Soroptomist International of the Americas Foundation, visit their website here

The United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund manages dozens of private and corporate scholarship programs available to African American students pursuing vocational training or a college degree. Applications must be made through the The United Negro College Fund:

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

African American students looking to attend beauty or cosmetology school can apply for scholarship grants through the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Beauty and cosmetology students must have at least 2.5 high school grade point average and maintain that grade point average while in college on the scholarship. Students must also demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to qualify. For more information, visit the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund works to break down barriers that prevent Hispanics from achieving higher levels of education and skills for employment. For more information on how to apply for a scholarship through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, visit their website here:

Young Entrepreneur Awards

 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award.

The College JumpStart Scholarship

The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit based competition that is open to 10th – 12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education.

Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarships

The Community Bankers Association of Georgia will award at least four Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Scholarships are open to Georgia High School Seniors who will be entering a Georgia college, university, or trade school in fall.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program , funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.

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  1. Roz says:

    Very good article thanks for sharing.

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