If you’ve ever considered a career in cosmetology, the starting point for every program is a high school diploma- both for the student and the school.
The unfortunate news of the Marinello Schools of Beauty closing their doors to 4,300 students nationwide opened a conversation both about the importance of valid high school diplomas and the need to verify that your institution is abiding by regulations set forth by the US Department of Education (ED).
Bellus Academy is prepared to assist Marinello students in their transitions to new programs. CALL US TOLL-FREE 1.888.990.7094 or TEXT “BeautyCareer” TO 95495 to schedule an appointment with an admissions representative and start your transfer process.
Why it Matters: Getting Financial Aid
While there are many benefits to obtaining a high school diploma or a GED, the most immediate need for a diploma comes down to eligibility for financial aid.
According to ED, students must be academically eligible to train at a post-secondary level in order to receive federal funding, which is what a great deal of students depend on to attend school. In this case “eligibility” means that a student has a high school diploma or GED equivalent that is considered valid by the Department.
If a school accepts federal funding for a diploma or GED that doesn’t meet Department standards, it can lead to dire consequences like pulled funding, or even the closure of the school. Make sure you choose a school that evaluates students for these requirements properly.
For students, a high school diploma is incredibly valuable because most aren’t able to cover the total cost of education without aid of some kind.
Plus, statistics indicate that people with high school diplomas or the equivalent typically earn more annually and are more likely to complete a higher education degree. It may not seem like it has a huge impact on your career options, but in reality, higher paying positions usually require more training and education. It all begins with earning a diploma (or equivalent) so that you’re in a position to move up.
How to Get Started
The benefits of having a high school diploma or equivalent are clear and abundant. The diploma is one of the most common prerequisites for higher education and employment so, regardless of your interest in cosmetology, it is a worthwhile investment of your time and energy.
Speak with a Bellus admissions counselor and find out what your next steps should be if you need a diploma. Don’t let the absence of a valid diploma or degree hold you back from your dreams of a beauty career!
If you already have a diploma and are ready to start, click here to learn how.
CALL US TOLL-FREE 1.888.990.7094 or TEXT “BeautyCareer” TO 95495