If you’re passionate about the barbering industry but worry if the cost will hold you back, there are a variety of ways to pay for school at Premier Barber Institute! As an accredited school, we can offer federal financial aid, available to those who qualify for our Barber Program, Barber Crossover Program, and Barber Teacher Program barbering programs. But there are other options available, too!
As a first step, you can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to see what you may qualify for. It’s often required for other types of financial help, so it’s a good idea to apply, even if you might not use it for federal financial assistance.
Title IV funding includes a variety of different grant or loan options. Some financial aid options are required to be paid back, while others don’t! The most common federal aid options are:
Pell Grants are the most common grants and they don’t need to be paid back. Subsidized and unsubsidized loans do need to be paid back, however for subsidized loans, you don’t have to pay back interest if you meet certain criteria. For unsubsidized loans, you do need to pay back interest, but all students qualify for this type of loan, regardless of financial need, making it a viable option to help pay for your barbering education.
Separate from federal aid are benefits for veterans under the GI Bill®. If you are a veteran who was honorably discharged and meet the benefit requirements under the GI Bill®, you can use those benefits to pay for barbering school!
The advantage of Veterans Affairs benefits is that you can cover tuition and often receive additional stipends while you’re in school to cover other expenses.
If you want to see if you may qualify, provide us with a certificate of authorization, which helps us start the benefits application process. Applying as a beneficiary of someone who qualifies for benefits? Make sure your certificate lists your name as a designated beneficiary, as we cannot provide veterans benefits unless you are directly listed as one.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
After filling out the FAFSA® you may want to consider applying for a loan through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). These types of loans are flexible and may cover additional costs that weren’t covered by a Pell Grant or other aid options. As a first step, you will need to fill out the FAFSA® first, but from there, they can provide you with additional funds that you can pay back in manageable installments.
You may be eligible for scholarships outside of financial aid, too! We recommend looking for scholarships for barber schools and applying for as many scholarships as you may be eligible for. You can search for scholarships in your area or use resources like Beauty Changes Lives to see what you may qualify for.
Some scholarships are available for current students while others are for individuals before starting school, so it’s never too early or late to start looking for and applying for scholarships! Most scholarships while you’re in school require photos or videos of your work, so it’s a great opportunity to start building your portfolio.
For anything that is not covered through financial aid or scholarships, we are happy to work with you to create a payment plan that works for you to finish paying off school by the time you graduate. During the application process, we’ll talk further about what financial aid options you qualify for and balance the payment plan based on what fees may be left over from other funding sources.
To see what you may qualify for, the first step is to fill out the FAFSA®. This application is completely free, so even if you don’t think you qualify, we recommend still filling it out, as it provides us information that can make the enrollment process a little easier.
1. Fill out the FAFSA®
We recommend that you fill out the FAFSA® as soon as you plan on applying to post-secondary education, including barbering school. You can fill out the application entirely online or using their free app.
First, determine if you’re considered a dependent or independent student. You are considered independent if you:
As an independent individual, you do not need your parent’s information to fill out your application. If you do not meet any of these requirements and are considered a dependent student, you will need your parent’s tax and income information to submit your application.
When you’ve filled out everything in the application, make sure to use our school code: 042523
Using our school code means your information will be sent directly to us, and we’ll be reaching out to you to schedule your tour and answer any questions you may have about starting barbering school.
You may need to fill out tax information for two years depending on when you apply, as tax years do not always line up perfectly with our barbering classes. Reach out if you have any questions about what years you should apply for!
Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to transfer your tax information. This makes it much easier to fill out tax information and is often more accurate than filling it yourself, as it pulls directly from IRS’s database and verifies the data for us. Without using that tool, additional paperwork may be required to determine what you may qualify for.
2. Meet With the Schools You’re Interested in Applying For
While you can start the application process without filling out a FAFSA®, it’s important to both fill out the application and schedule your tour of the school before you enroll. We have staff on-hand to help answer questions you may have, such as if your FAFSA® information went through or any additional questions about how to enroll.
The tour is also the perfect opportunity to see if barbering school is a good fit for you, meet the instructors, and learn more about what it takes to become a licensed barber in Pennsylvania.
3. Follow the Enrollment Process
Once you’ve chosen a school, it’s time to start the application process! At Premier Barber Institute, our goal is to make a barber education possible, and we’ll walk through everything you need to succeed, including what to expect at school, class schedules, and when you can get started!
You can start applying for financial aid today! We are proud of being able to offer the opportunity to change lives and pursue your ambition in the barbering industry. If you have any other questions or want to learn more about getting started at Premier Barber Institute, get in touch with our team today!