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FAFSA Application

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Next Class Starts: Dec 20th
Next Class Starts: Dec 20th

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to assist with the costs of your education. Eligibility is determined on the basis of your financial need as established by the government.

We have outlined an overview to help you navigate through the online application. You can start this application now to help expedite the process of finding out what you qualify for when you meet with our financial aid representative at Bellus Academy.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our financial aid representative, please call 888-990-7094.

STEP 1: DETERMINE YOUR “DEPENDENCY” STATUS

If you answer “YES” to any of the following, you’re an “Independent Student” (and you’ll need documentation).

If you answer “NO” to all of the following you’re a “Dependent Student”

  • Will you be 24 or older by Dec. 31 of the school year you plan to attend?
  • Will you be working toward a Master’s or Doctorate degree?
  • Are you married or separated but not divorced?
  • Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you?
  • Do you have dependents (other than children or a spouse) who live with you and receive more than half of their support from you?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forced for purposes other than training?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?
  • Were you in foster care at any time since turning 13?
  • Were both of your parents deceased by the time you turned 13?
  • Were you or are you a ward or dependent of the court?
  • Are you homeless or at the risk of being homeless?

STEP 2: APPLY FOR YOUR FSA I.D.

  • The username and password you create is how you will sign into all Department of Education websites and access your Federal Aid records.
  • If you’re a “Dependent Student” (as determined in step 1), a parent will also need to create an FSA I.D.

Bellus Academy school codes:

Poway: 016644-00
El Cajon: 012026-00
National City: 007050-00
Manhattan: 016644-00

STEP 3: COMPLETE ENTRANCE COUNSELING

  • Go to www.studentloans.gov and sign in with your FSA I.D.
  • Complete Entrance Counseling.
  • All students are required to complete this before receiving financial aid.

STEP 4: COMPLETE YOUR 2015/2016 FAFSA

  • Print out the confirmation page once you complete it.
  • If you’re a “Dependent Student” (as determined in step 1), a parent will also need to complete their 2015/2016 FAFSA.

STEP 5: MEET WITH OUR FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

  • You’ll need to bring:
    • FAFSA confirmation page (from step 4)
    • You and your parents most recent tax returns
    • Entrance Counseling Guide
    • ID (Driver’s License; Passport; Military ID)
    • High School Diploma/GED (unofficial transcripts are OK)

Why Choose Bellus?

Travel the World

We offer International Certification (ITEC) which allows our graduates to work in 38 countries around the world.

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Top Job Placement

Our career services team and student mobile app make finding your dream career so much easier.

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Business & Marketing Training

Classes that prepare you to own a business and market yourself.

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Our Reputation

Bellus is the most awarded beauty and wellness institution in the country and Intercoiffure recently ranked us the #1 beauty school in North America!

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Compete in Competitions

Our students have a history of succeeding at national student competitions including TrendVision and America’s Beauty Show.

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We're Tech Savvy

Our app gives 24/7 access to academics, attendance and job postings. Select programs offer social learning on iPads, which are included in the student kit.

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Exam Prep

All of our programs include a mock state board test to prepare you for the state license exam and our kits include the state board kit and licensing fees.

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Top Educators

We invest in our educators to ensure that they are trained in the latest industry techniques and trends.

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Externships

Our relationships with high-end salons in Southern California allow students to network with top stylists and owners. (CA campuses only)

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We Give Back

We have an undeniable passion for humanity. Our schools are honored to give back and participate in community events while utilizing our technical skills.

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Multiple License Programs

Bellus is proud to offer combined courses that allow you to enroll in one program and graduate with multiple credentials.

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Alumni Benefits

We give our graduates access to job postings, the opportunity to attend campus events and alumni scholarships for advanced education.

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Adrianna

Cosmetology

“The teachers were amazing! Without Bellus, I wouldn’t have the rewarding life I have today. School was something I looked forward to every single day. I can’t believe I have a job that I love going to every day.”

- Adrianna
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Jonyse

Esthetics

“My life has changed so much. Within eight months of graduating, I now own a successful wax bar. I am forever grateful for the great education I received at Bellus Academy.”

- Jonyse
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Clare

Massage

“For the past year I have been working on super-yachts in Spain as a massage therapist for billionaires and have loved every second of it! I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bellus’ training and expertise.”

- Clare
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Kelsey

Nails

“I love how hands-on the nail program is at Bellus. I am a visual and hands-on learner and I appreciated the time and focus on my advancement throughout the program. I would definitely recommend Bellus Academy to anyone interested in beauty and wellness education, especially the nail program!”

- Kelsey
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Jessica

Make-Up

“The program and educators in Make-up Artistry are exceptional. The curriculum was so well designed that each day I couldn’t wait to get to school and begin the next step in learning high-end makeup. I feel very comfortable after taking this class to apply for a job anywhere in makeup, including a Hollywood studio, theater, photography or in a high-end salon and spa.”

- Jessica
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Barbering

“As a cosmo crossover, the Barbering Program was not only an excellent way to brush up on the basics, but also the best way to take my career to the next level. The staff was so helpful in every aspect and I highly recommend the program.”

- Johnny
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