We are thrilled that you have decided to enter the dynamic and highly successful beauty industry. Your first step is to set an appointment with one of our highly trained admissions representatives who will review the variety of courses that our Academies offer.
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Bellus Academy, Poway CA                                         858.748.1490 ext 1318
Bellus Academy, El Cajon CA                                      619.442.3407 ext 3304
Bellus Academy, National City CA                              619.474.6607 ext 2302
Bellus Academy, Manhattan KS                                  785.539.1837 ext 107
You will be provided a tour and have the opportunity to meet our team of professional Instructors that will guide you through your course.
Your visit will include a personal interview with our admission representative. During the interview, the courses relative to the applicant’s career preferences and individual motivation will be discussed. Parents and spouses are encouraged to attend. This gives applicants and their families an opportunity to see the school’s facilities and to ask questions relating to the academy’s curriculum and career objectives. Students should apply for admission as soon as possible in order to insure the starting date that they desire.
*NOTE: Bellus Academy is a private institution and is not eligible to receive funding under the California “Dream Act” (AB 540) which provides in-state tuition benefits for undocumented students and certain other students who attend or will attend public universities in California. Undocumented AB 540 students are not eligible for federal student aid, including Pell and other grants, government loans, and federal work-study. Federal financial aid is not available for students who are applying as non-immigrant alien international students under an M-1 Visa status.

Admissions Procedures

Once your personal interview has been conducted you will be provided with a tour of the facility. During the tour, you can be introduced to our instructors and if desired be able to sit in the classroom to observe our instructors in motion.
Our team also consists of Financial Aid Associates that will provide you with individual financial estimates.


California Requirements

Eligible students are those who have a high school diploma, General Educational Diploma (GED) Certificate or the equivalent. The Academy will verify the authenticity of the diploma prior to enrollment. If the diploma cannot be verified, the student may be asked to provide a final high school transcript showing the dates of entrance and graduation and the courses completed. If a transcript is not available, the student will be required to meet the ability to benefit (ATB) requirements or take and pass a GED test prior to enrollment.

Ability to Benefit (ATB)

(Available for Cash-Paying Students): Prospective students who are beyondthe age of compulsory attendance in the state of California (18 years of age), have a minimum 10 th grade education, and have the ability to benefit from the training may also qualify for admission to the Academy. The ability to benefit from the training will be determined by taking and passing an entrance examination (ATB Test).
Approved passing scores on this test are Verbal 200 and Quantitative 210. 
NOTE: Pursuant to H.R. 2055, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, enacted on December 23, 2011, amending Section 484(d) of the Higher Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1091(d), ATB students who first enroll after July 1, 2012, will no longer be eligible to receive Financial Aid. To be eligible for Financial Aid students must have a High School Diploma, GED, or proof of completion of a State-approved home school program. Students who have previously taken an ATB test and who have been enrolled on that basis prior to July 1, 2012, remain eligible to receive Financial Aid.

Kansas Requirements

Only students 16 years of age holding High School Diplomas, General Education Diploma (GED) Certificates or the equivalent will be admitted. The Academy will verify the authenticity of the diploma prior to enrollment. If the diploma cannot be verified, the student may be asked to provide a final high school transcript showing the dates of entrance and graduation and the courses completed. If a transcript is not available, the student will be required to take and pass a GED test prior to enrollment. Students must have attained the age of 17 before applying to take the Kansas Cosmetology Examination. Each applicant must have a current driver’s license or I.D. and Social Security number. Upon acceptance into the Academy, each student enrolled in cosmetology, esthetics or nail technology must have an Apprentice License issued by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology and must be free from infectious and contagious diseases.

Enrollment Process

  1. Complete a personal interview with a school representative
  2. Discuss your academic and career goals. Determine which program of study is best for you and have all your questions answered.
  3. Take a tour of the facility
  4. Meet with Financial Aid to establish funding (add)
  5. Complete Admissions requirements then sign Enrollment Agreement
  6. Pay for Registration Fee and uniform

Transfer Policy

Students who have attended a previous school will be subject to the same requirements and procedures as new applicants. The Academy may accept hours from another institution; however the following must take place:
  • You must provide an Official Transcript.
  • You must provide proof of hours attended at the previous school.
  • You must meet with an Instructor from our academy for an interview.
  • Once hours have been determined, Financial Aid will be pro-rated according to the remaining hours left in the program.



Students who have had prior training outside the states of California and/or Kansas must furnish proof of the number of hours of training to either the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology or to the Kansas Board of Cosmetology and to the Academy. The respective Board will evaluate the training and assign the number of hours of credit to be granted, and then will notify the student. Students with prior training within the states of California and/or Kansas must furnish proof of that training to the Academy in which they wish to re-enroll. The Academy only accepts transfer students under certain conditions. Students who discontinue their training program are eligible to transfer allowable hours per state law, providing certain Academy obligations have been satisfied.


The transferability of credits you earn at Bellus Academy – Poway, El Cajon, National City or Manhattan Campus is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the diploma or certificate you earn in any program at Bellus Academy is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the diploma or certificate that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Bellus Academy to determine if your credits will transfer.


Bellus Academy has entered into an articulation agreement with National American University to offer our Cosmetology graduates the opportunity to obtain an Associate Degree in Health and Beauty Management. NAU has physical locations throughout the Midwest and access to online learning options through the internet. For more information, visit the website at www.national.edu or talk to your Admissions Representative.

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student testimonial

I am so grateful to the teachers and administrators of Bellus Academy. As a person changing careers in mid-life, I appreciated the fact that it was an environment that demanded professionalism and the best from its students. In return, we received a top-notch education and legitimate career opportunities that other schools just can't provide. We worked in a luxurious spa atmosphere, and offered terrific service to real salon patrons, which boosted our confidence and honed our skills.
And it wasn't always easy. It wasn't always "five stars" in my brain. I didn't pick up some things as fast as some of the other students. There were times when I cried and , literally, felt like I  wanted to throw a mannequin head across the parking lot, by her ponytail - and just  give up. But, I had  awesome instructors like Matt Hom, Bryden Muggleston, Eric Thrane and Carerra Bailey, who told me, "Hang in there. We know it's tough, but we believe in you." And when it came time for State Board, as with most Bellus grads, not only did I pass the State Board the first try, but I passed it with flying colors. (I believe the school has something like a 90+  pass  percentage rate with its grads.)
There is a reason Bellus graduates get some of the best entry level salon and spa jobs, after earning their license. They go beyond the usual fair of "get them their hours and get them their license." They more than prepare us for State Board. They help us SHINE. They offer externships to top students, and when I found the job market to be rather hostile to a person of my age, I was able to meet with counselors, and re-assess my next steps. After a few tweaks of the resume and a few job leads, I was hired as an assistant at an incredible salon. I couldn't ASK for a better fit for me,  or more awesome co-workers and bosses. Had I needed further education? I could have attended courses they offer to professional alumni, as well. They really went out of their way to help me succeed. That is what I am most thankful for. They CARE about our success. Let it be known, that I highly recommend Bellus Academy to anyone pursuing a career in the beauty industry.  I am proud not not only be a beauty school graduate...but a BELLUS ACADEMY Graduate.

Rainbo Throp, Poway Campus Alumni | Cosmetology Program

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