Pell Grants for Barber Schools

by Manny Frishberg
Learning the art of barbering requires both study and practice

Pell grants are one type of financial aid provided directly by the federal government to help pay for your education beyond high school. Pell grants are need-based grants to help cover tuition and fees, and do not have to be repaid. In 2009 the maximum grant was $5,350 for a year, including summer, with an average of $3,611. The amounts change annually depending on how much money is appropriated by Congress.

Grants for Barber Colleges

Today's stylists are not your father's barbers

While most of the money from the Pell grant programs goes to students at community colleges and universities, it can also cover the cost of going to an approved trade school such as a barber college. There are about 5,400 participating schools around the country. The amount you can get is based on your family's income and the school's tuition. To qualify you first fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Most states have barber schools that are eligible to receive Pell grants.

Ohio

Thepell.com, a website that lists eligible schools by state, lists five barber and beauty colleges in Ohio where you can get a Pell grant. Included among them are the Allstate Hairstyling & Barber College in Cleveland, which trains students to cut men's, women's and children's hair. Covering the range of needs from basic haircuts to perms, relaxers and coloring. The school is accredited by the National Accreditating Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences. Allstate Hairstyling & Barber College 2546 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 241-6684 allstatehairstyling.com/home.nxg Started back in 1959, Dayton Barber College features a Clinic/Shop, a Practical Room with barber chair work stations and a classroom for up to 20 students with an overhead projector and a video recorder. Dayton Barber College 28 West 5th Street Dayton, OH 45402-2389 (937) 222-9101 daytonbarbercollege.com/index.htm Students attending the Ohio State College of Barber Styling in Columbus learn both the theory and practice of hair styling, while working with the public. Their stated goal is to produce graduates ready to pass the Ohio State Barber Board licensing examination, and get to work in an entry-level position in barbering. Ohio State College of Barber Styling in Columbus 4614 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43213-1301 (614) 868-1015 www.ohiostatebarbercollege.com

Texas

The Advanced Barber College and Hair Design, Inc. in Welasco, on the Texas Gulf Coast promises to provide professional training to prepare students for the State Board of Barber exam and a career as a barber. The curriculum covers basic and advanced skills. Students study theory and engage in hands-on training with clients, and can attend an annual trade show. The courses cover shaving and beard and mustache trimming, fitting hair pieces and facial and scalp massage. They also cover shop business practices. Advanced Barber College and Hair Design 2818 S International Weslaco, TX 78596 956-969-0341 Ronny J's trains people to become of competent barbers, stylist and instructors capable of passing the State Board exam. They emphasize work ethics, moral values and communication skills as well as the technical competencies required for the job. Ronny J's Barber Styling College 443 Bruton Terrace Center Dallas, TX 75227 214-275-7151

Washington

Washington State has one barber college listed on ThePell.com: BJ's Beauty & Barber College, with two locations south of Seattle, in south Tacoma and Puyallup'a South Hill area. There they have junior, intermediate and senior stations equipped with shampoo bowls, hair dryers, and manicuring tables. Class sizes are up to 15 students. BJ's Beauty & Barber College 5239 South Tacoma Way Tacoma, Washington 98409 1 253-473-4320 bjsbeautyandbarbercollege.edu/

About the Author

Manny Frishberg made his home on the West Coast for more than 30 years. He studied writing and journalism at Portland State University. His articles have appeared in Wired News.com, "Discover," the "Puget Sound Business Journal" and dozens of other websites and magazines and has earned four writing awards from the Society for Professional Journalism.

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