Students hoping to pursue a vocation as a hair stylist or beautician in South Sacramento now have access to financial aid as the Beauty & Barber College received conditional approval from the Department of Education. As of November 21, 2016, the school is able to accept financial aid, including Pell Grants. The school, which offers certification for different programs such as cosmetology, barbering, manicuring and estheticians, is one more in a growing list of trade and vocational schools in California that now accept federal financial aid, eliminating the need to rely on private funding to become a hair stylist.

Students who enroll in the Beauty & Barber College can choose a full time curriculum, allowing them to earn certification within 10 months, or they can complete courses on a part-time basis over 20 or more months. Beginning students usually practice their trade on mannequins and then transition to working on real people. The general public is invited to the school where they can have treatments and haircuts done inexpensively. Haircuts start at $4.99. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the California State Board Examination that consists of written questions and a practical application exam.

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There are more than 250 beautician and barber schools approved for financial aid in California. The state is also home to hundreds of other trade schools that are certified for financial aid, including welding, plumbing, electrical, medical imaging and car repair. Most of the schools offer programs of two years or less. Students attending these schools can apply for financial aid the same as any college student by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and indicating the school they plan on attending. Low income students can also qualify for a Pell grant for up to $2,700.