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Complaint Procedure - California
Bellus Academy is committed to providing you the best educational facility and training programs possible. You are welcome to discuss any problem or area of concern, at any time, with your instructor or with the office staff. Students will find that most situations are handled promptly by simply communicating the concern to the appropriate staff member. However, if you believe that you have an actual complaint, you must address the complaint according to the procedure listed. NOTE: Your complaint will not be considered as an actual complaint unless it is submitted in writing. Students who have any problems or complaints should first contact their instructor or Academy Director/Manager. Requests for any further action may be made to the academy office or to the owner. Complainant must submit their concern to the academy in writing. The written complaint should outline the specifics as well as the requested action the student feels would rectify the situation.

Unresolved complaints may be directed to either:

  • Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
    P.O. Box 980818
    Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
    916.431.6959
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc.
    3015 Colvin Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    703-600-7600

In the event the student finds it necessary to pursue filing their complaint with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education or NACCAS, the complaint must be stated in writing. 

Complaint Procedure - Kansas
Bellus Academy is committed to providing you the best educational facility and training programs possible. You are welcome to discuss any problem or area of concern, at any time, with your instructor or with the office staff. Students will find that most situations are handled promptly by simply communicating the concern to the appropriate staff member. However, if you believe that you have an actual complaint, you must address the complaint according to the procedure listed.

NOTE: Your complaint will not be considered as an actual complaint unless it is submitted in writing. Students who have any problems or complaints should first contact their instructor or Academy Director/Manager. Requests for any further action may be made to the Academy office or to the owner. Complainant must submit their concern to the academy in writing. The written complaint should outline the specifics as well as the requested action the student feels would rectify the situation.

Unresolved complaints may be directed to either:

  • Kansas Board of Cosmetology
    714 SW Jackson Suite 100
    Topeka, Kansas 66603
    785-296-3155
  • Kansas Board of Barbering
    700 SW Jackson St., Ste. 1002
    Topeka, KS 66603
    785.296.2211
  • Kansas Board of Regents
    1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 100
    Topeka, KS 66612
    785-430-4290
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc.
    3015 Colvin Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    703-600-7600

In the event the student finds it necessary to pursue filing their complaint with the Kansas Board of Cosmetology or NACCAS, the complaint must be stated in writing.

General Information and Resources

HOUSING / TRANSPORTATION
The Academies do not have on-campus housing. To assist students with off-campus housing information, the following represents approximate rental fees for two-bedroom apartments in the general vicinity.

California

  • $1765 – Chula Vista, CA area
  • $1617 – El Cajon, CA area
  • $1775 – Poway, CA area
  • Based on an average of prices of rental units available on Rent.com as of 07/2018
  • Public transportation (bus, trolley system) ranges from $36 per month for student pass to $100 per month for premium pass. Day passes are $5

Kansas

  • $677 – Manhattan, KS area
  • Based on an average of prices of rental units available on Apartments.com as of 07/2018.
  • Public Transportation (ATA Bus) one way transportation to Academy $2.00 in Manhattan, $4.00 outside Manhattan.

GED PROGRAMS
For information on obtaining a General Education Diploma (GED) please refer to the adult school location in your area:

Federal Student Right to Know
 Cohort Year September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016
(150% of normal completion time for students enrolled between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014)

Per Federal Regulations under the Consumer Information Disclosure guidelines, the following Federal Student Right to Know information is made available to prospective and enrolled students:

  • Poway

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  • El Cajon

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  • Chula Vista

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  • Manhattan

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Health and Safety (Includes Academy Drug Policy)

ACADEMY DRUG POLICY
In compliance with the Drug‐Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101‐226), students shall not engage in the unauthorized or unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use/abuse of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on Academy property or as part of any Academy activity. Any student who is convicted of the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use, or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol is subject to criminal penalties under local, state, or federal law. The exact penalty assessed depends upon the nature and the severity of the individual offense. Students who violate the Drug‐Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101‐226) are subject to dismissal and/or referral to authorities for prosecution, as appropriate.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM
Information regarding drug and alcohol abuse prevention is presented to students and staff annually. Additional information is available in the student resource binder in the Academy Director’s office.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES
The Academies have Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures in place. Evacuation routes are posted throughout the facilities. Fire Drills are conducted at least once a year.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
The Academies have a Zero Tolerance Policy regarding activities creating a safety hazard to other persons at the Academy including, but not limited to, bullying, cyber‐bullying, verbal abuse, sexual harassment, threats of violence, possession and/or use of drugs, alcohol or weapons on Academy premises. Sexual Harassment Prevention training is presented to students and staff at least once a year.

VACCINATION POLICY
The Academies do not require vaccinations.

Job Analysis - Physical Requirements

Leave of Absence Policy
 An authorized leave of absence (LOA) is a temporary interruption in a student’s program of study. LOA refers to the specific time period during a program when a student is not in attendance. A Leave of Absence is restricted to Medical, Military, or Family Emergency.

NOTE: Due to the nature of the schedules for the phases in advanced programs, no LOAs may be requested in advanced programs, including, but not limited to the following:
 Esthetics 103
 Esthetician 104
 Master Esthetics
Any time missed may have to be made up at another location or may result in withdrawal status until the missed subject occurs again in a subsequent phase.

In order for an LOA to qualify as an approved LOA, the request for leave of absence must be submitted in advance in writing, must include the reason for the student’s request, the expected return date and must be signed by the student.

In the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent a student from providing the request prior to the LOA, the Academy will document the reason for granting the LOA and will require the request from the student at a later date. In this instance, the beginning date of the approved LOA would be determined by the Academy to be the first date the student was unable to attend the Academy because of the circumstance.

Students requesting a leave of absence from the institution must submit a written request to a Student Services or Financial Aid Representative in advance of the time off requested. The request should be signed and dated by the student and must contain the dates the student expects to be unable to attend school, including the date the student expects to return to school. All leave of absence requests must be approved by the Academy Director.

A student on a leave of absence will incur no additional charges by the school. A Leave of Absence and/or failure to return from a Leave of Absence may affect your loan interest rates and/or repayment timeline. Please see your Financial Aid representative for more information.

The LOA, together with any additional leaves of absence, must not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12- month period.

A student granted an LOA that meets these criteria is not considered to have withdrawn, and no refund calculation is required at that time. The Academy will extend the student’s contract period by the same number of days taken in the LOA. Changes to the contract period on the enrollment agreement must be initialed by all parties or an addendum must be signed and dated by all parties.

If a student loan recipient does not return from an approved leave of absence, the withdrawal date will be set retroactively and the student could have used up some or all of the grace period for their loan. The grace period starts on the last day of attendance. The withdrawal date for the purpose of calculating a refund is always the student’s last day of attendance. All refunds will be due 45 days from the date of determination. Any student failing to return to the Academy after the expiration of a leave of absence will be withdrawn from school on that day and the withdrawal date will be their last day of attendance. Students who do not return are required to complete an exit interview with the Academy’s Financial Aid department.

Drop-out Policy
The student’s enrollment may be terminated at the election of the Academy Director, if the student’s academic progress, behavior, absences, lateness, or dress does not conform to the requirements, rules and regulations of the Academy (as stated in the catalog and Guidelines for Success); in which event, the extent of the student’s tuition obligation will be in accordance with the Academy’s refund policy.

Re-enrollment Policy
Students desiring to reinstate in the Academy within six months of their last date of attendance will be readmitted at their original cost. Students desiring to re-enroll in the Academy after a 6-month lapse must sign a new enrollment agreement. The new enrollment agreement will be based on the current cost of tuition and fees; however, the previous hours earned may be used as credit in computing new charges, depending on the elapsed time between the last day attended and re-enrollment. Please consult with your Admissions Representative regarding the Academy’s transfer policy for specific information. A student re-enrolling re-enters at the same progress status as when they left. A re-enrolling student failing to meet minimum satisfactory progress requirements at the time of withdrawal will have the same status when they return. Re-enrolling students on probation are not eligible to receive Financial Aid and will be admitted on a cash basis only. Financial Aid may be reinstated when the student achieves satisfactory progress at their next evaluation point.

Licensing and Job Information

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
The academy catalog outlines graduation requirements for all courses. The California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology, the Kansas Board of Barbering and the Kansas Board of Cosmetology establish the minimum requirements to complete each course that leads to qualifying for the State Board exam.

Kansas Massage program graduates are eligible to apply for the MBLEx, but there is no licensing or certification requirement for the State of Kansas.

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Safety in the workplace is emphasized and applied to all practical subjects. As your classes are covered and reviewed, you will learn sanitation requirements, disinfecting methods, and proper disposal methods of materials. Safety measures are outlined by the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology and the Kansas Board of Cosmetology and Health Departments in California and Kansas.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Standing is required for indefinite periods for all students enrolled with the exception of Spa Nail Technician students who are seated for nail services. Movements such as bending, stooping, reaching or lifting light objects, certain hand, wrist and arm movements are required for Cosmetologists, Estheticians, and students enrolled in the Massage course(s). Professionals work a variety of hours, days and evenings, including weekends.

COMPENSATION
The amount of compensation earned is based predominately on the graduate and the amount of commitment placed on his/her new career. How fast a clientele can be built, how many hours a week worked, the candidate’s ability to market their skills and take advantage of opportunities, and the method of compensation used by the salon/spa, are all important factors. Salons/spas use one or more compensation systems: hourly pay and/or commission, straight commission, chair or booth rental. Based on these variables, compensation will vary per individual.

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK
The Cosmetology industry is a service industry, and to be successful, one must possess good people skills in addition to techniques and abilities. Employers look for people with positive attitudes and pleasant personalities. Salons have a tendency to hire in their own professional image and style; therefore, grooming and personal styles are always examined. Although the Academies do not guarantee job placement, our Academies’ Career Services Departments will help you with your resume, provide referrals and assist you with other individual student needs. Our goal is to guide you through the job search process, so that you find the right type of work environment and/or position for you.

Student’s Right to Cancel and Withdrawal from the Program - California
STUDENT’S RIGHT TO CANCEL

  1. A student has the right to cancel his or her agreement for a course of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to stop school at any time; and you have the right to receive a pro rata refund if you have completed sixty (60) per cent or less of the program. Changes to programs, i.e. Drops and/or Adds, can only be made during the first 7 calendar days of the program.
  2. Cancellation may occur when the student provides a written notice of cancellation at the following addresses: Bellus Academy – Chula Vista, 970 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911; Bellus Academy – El Cajon, 1073 E. Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92021; Bellus Academy – Poway, 13266 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064.
  3. The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited in the mail properly addressed with proper postage.
  4. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement.
  5. If the Enrollment Agreement is cancelled, within 45 days after the notice of cancellation is received, the Academy will refund the student any money he/she paid, less a registration or administration fee not to exceed $75, and less any deduction for equipment that the student has received and signed for.

REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST CANCEL IN WRITING. You do not have the right to cancel by telephoning the academy or by not coming to class.

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM

You may withdraw from the academy at any time after the cancellation period (described above) and receive a pro-rata refund within 45 days of withdrawal if you have completed 60 percent or less of the period of attendance, based on scheduled hours. The refund will be less a registration fee not to exceed $75, and less any deduction for equipment that the student has received and signed for. Changes to programs, i.e. Drops and/or Adds, can only be made during the first 7 calendar days of the program. For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, a student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from a program of instruction when any of the following occurs:

  •  The student notifies the institution of the student’s withdrawal.
  •  The institution terminates the student’s enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absence in excess of maximum set forth by the institution; and/or failure to meet financial obligations to the school.
  •  The student has failed to attend class for fourteen (14) calendar days.
  •  Failure to return from a leave of absence.

For the purpose of determining the amount of the refund, the date of the student’s withdrawal shall be deemed to be the last date of recorded attendance.

Student’s Right to Cancel and Withdrawal from the Program - Kansas
STUDENT’S RIGHT TO CANCEL

  1. A student has the right to cancel his or her agreement for a program of instruction and receive a full refund within three (3) business days of signing the Enrollment Agreement regardless of whether the student has actually started training.
  2. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to stop school at any time; and you have the right to receive a pro-rata refund if you have completed less than sixty (60) percent of the program. Changes to programs, i.e. Drops and/or Adds, can only be made during the first 7 calendar days of the program.
  3. Cancellation may occur when the student provides a written notice of cancellation at the following address: Bellus Academy, 1130 Westloop Place, Manhattan, KS 66502. This can be done by mail, FAX, email or by hand delivery.
  4. The cancellation date will be determined by the postmark on written notification, or the date said information is delivered to the academy in person.
  5. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement.
  6. If the Enrollment Agreement is cancelled after three (3) business days of signing, but prior to starting classes, the academy will refund the student any money he/she paid, less a registration fee not to exceed $75, within 45 days after the notice of cancellation is received.

REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST CANCEL IN WRITING. You do not have the right to cancel by telephoning the academy or by not coming to class.

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM

You may withdraw from the academy at any time after the cancellation period (described above) and receive a pro-rata refund within 45 days of withdrawal if you have completed less than 60 percent of the period of attendance, based on scheduled hours. The refund will be less a registration fee not to exceed $75, and less any deduction for equipment that the student has received and signed for.

For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, a student’s official cancellation or withdrawal shall occur on the earlier of the dates of any of the following instances:

  • An applicant is not accepted by the academy. The applicant shall be entitled to a refund of all monies paid.
  • The student notifies the institution of the student’s withdrawal in writing.
  •  The institution terminates the student’s enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absence in excess of maximum set forth by the institution; and/or failure to meet financial obligations to the academy.
  •  The student has failed to attend class for fourteen (14) calendar days, as determined by monitoring clock hour attendance at least every thirty (30) days.
  •  Failure to return from a leave of absence. The date of the student’s withdrawal shall be the earlier of the scheduled date of return from the leave of absence or the date the student notifies the institution that the student will not be returning.

All refunds are calculated based on the student’s last date of attendance.

For students who enroll and begin classes but withdraw prior to course completion (after three business days of signing the contract), the following schedule of tuition earned by the school applies. All refunds are based on scheduled hours:

Percent of Scheduled Time Enrolled to Total Program Total Tuition School Shall Retain
0.01% to 59.9% Prorated based on percentage of scheduled attendance
60% and over 100%

If any portion of the tuition was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund shall be sent to the lender, third party or, if appropriate, to the state or federal agency that guaranteed or reinsured the loan. Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid to the student.

If the academy cancels a program subsequent to a student’s enrollment, and before instruction in the program has begun, the academy shall provide a full refund of all monies paid.

If the academy cancels a program and ceases to offer instruction after students have enrolled and instruction has begun, the academy shall at its option:

  • Provide a pro-rata refund for all students transferring to another school based on the hours accepted by the receiving school; or
  • Provide completion of the program; or
  • Participate in a Teach-Out Agreement; or
  • Provide a full refund of all monies paid

In the event the academy closes permanently and ceases to offer instruction after students have enrolled, and instruction has begun, the academy will make arrangements for students to attend an alternate institution through participation in a Teach-Out Agreement. Should the student elect not to attend the alternate institution, a pro-rata refund of tuition will be made in accordance with the refund policy outlined above. Any monies due are refunded within 45 days.

When situations of mitigating circumstances are in evidence, the academy may adopt a policy wherein the refund to the student may exceed the minimum requirements.

Candidate Information Bulletin - Nail Technician
FAQs (Ergometrics) – Kansas Board of Cosmetology
  • Where are the Kansas State test locations?
  • What if my name, address or birthday is incorrect in the system?
  • What is the testing process for Cosmetology Apprentices?
  • What is the testing process for Body Art Apprentices?
  • I am moving from another state, how do I get a Kansas State License?
  • How do I renew or reactivate my Kansas State License?
  • How do I test to get a new license in Kansas State?
  • How do I apply for ADA Accommodations for taking my exam(s)?
  • What is the cancellation and refund policy?
  • What is the exam reschedule policy?
  • I do not have a credit card, how do I pay?
  • What are common safety and sanitation mistakes?

Click here for access to answers for these questions.

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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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man shave

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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