Financial Aid Options

International Academy’s mission is to help people improve their lives through education. In this effort, our financial aid team works diligently to access any and all funding sources available to the individual student. To make your education at International Academy more affordable, there are a variety of ways you can pay for school. Learn more about what options may be available to you!

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Federal financial aid programs are available for students who qualify. These include both grants, which do not need to be repaid, and loans, which will go into repayment six months after you graduate or withdraw from school.

Eligibility is determined by the federal government and is based on financial need as well as a number of other factors.

Important Information About Student Loans

  • When you take a federal student loan you are agreeing to pay back the amount you borrow (loan principal) and any accumulated interest.
  • The first payment will be due six months after you graduate or withdraw from school.
  • If you have trouble repaying your federal student loan, for reasons such as low income, loss of job, etc. you may be eligible for a period of deferment or forbearance, during which no principal payments are due. In certain cases, the interest will accrue and capitalize, in others the interest will be paid by the Federal Government.
  • If you fail to make payments on your Federal student loan for six months you will be considered in default. If you default, you will be turned over to a collection agency and reported to a credit bureau, potentially impairing your ability to apply for credit and preventing you from obtaining future student aid. In addition, the entire loan balance will become due immediately and any future income tax refund may be withheld to satisfy the debt to the government.

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

International Academy students may apply for federal student aid on their own by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). The purpose of this application is to determine financial need, so expect to submit detailed information, such as your social security number, tax return information, and any dependents you may have in your household.

We pride ourselves in the personal dedication to each and everyone of our students, and as such we are available to help you with the application process. Sometimes filling out financial aid applications for the first time can be overwhelming. That is why we are here to help! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

When you are ready to submit your application, make sure to include our school code (015962)! By including our school code on your FAFSA®, your application will be reviewed to determine whether you are eligible and your level of need. Based on that information, International Academy can determine which grants and loans you are eligible to receive.

International Academy’s School Code is 015962.

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Other Options To Pay for Beauty School

Scholarships

A scholarship is a financial aid award given based upon prior academic achievement or a range of other non-academic criteria. Scholarships do not need to be repaid. The International Academy participates in the ACE GRANTS program sponsored by AACS. This program is only available to “newly” graduating high school seniors. Ask our financial aid office if interested.

There are a number of other websites that offer potential scholarships available to beauty school students, so don’t rule out scholarships as a way to help pay for school!

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Military Educational Benefits

There are a number of opportunities provided both by the government for active duty military and veterans to finance their education. We can guide you through the application process.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

International Academy In-House Payment Programs

At International Academy, we offer students zero interest in-house payment programs in addition to the above illustrated funding services. Affordable contracted payment schedules are available for persons wishing to pay their tuition on their own or to supplement their payment schedule along with other payment options offered.

Private Loans

Please note that the loan cost offered by such lenders may not be the lowest available. Students are encouraged to visit lender websites in order to find the rates, terms, and services that are right for them. International Academy is not a lender and is not providing legal, accounting, or financial planning services.

Any agreements entered into with lenders exist solely between the lender and the student, and International Academy assumes no obligation or liability in connection with any of those agreements. That is why we recommend that students consult with their own advisors before making educational financing decisions.

International Academy Financial Aid Code of Conduct

International Academy expects the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behavior from all of its officers and employees, whose responsibilities include student financial aid matters.

Our Financial Aid Code of Conduct prohibits conflicts of interest on the part of both the Academy and individual employees regarding Title IV loans.

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is a tool that you can use to estimate your “net price” to attend a particular college or university. Net price is the difference between the full cost to attend a specific college, minus any grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible. This cost includes direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses).

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Need Additional Financial Assistance?

If you have any questions or want to learn how to apply at International Academy, we’d love to talk! Get in touch with our team, where we can set you up with our financial aid department to help you learn more about what you may qualify for and how paying for beauty school is possible. And, you can come in for a tour to see if International Academy is a good fit for you!

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Testimonials

International Academy provided me with a strong educational and professional foundation in which I have been able to build upon. My goal has been to elevate myself and others to new levels of success and to show cosmetology graduates that anything is possible in our industry.

Kirk R.

I have no one else to Thank other then Mez and International Academy for my success today! After graduating I spent one year working for Hair Cuttery building a clientele and getting more experience. The skills I acquired at International gave me complete confidence and set me apart from many I’ve worked with! Since then I work alongside with my sister and other great girls, as a booth renter in our super cute and fun salon, The Loft. This is my career I absolutely Love my job, I’m able to support my family. Again thank you Mez and International for making my dream come true!

Amy P.

I escaped East Berlin Germany to the USA to follow my dreams. I discovered International Academy. It was the best decision I ever made! After graduating I have since bought my own salon and ran it for the past 10 years with 9 employees. I owe it all to International Academy for all their experience and training. I highly recommend this wonderful school for a life changing experience. Always follow your dreams!

Simone W.

. . . After many years as a practicing lawyer and not yet ready to retire, I decided to re-visit the skincare business. Being an active octogenarian I enrolled at the International Academy, a private school, graduated, and obtained my state license as an esthetician. IA is a fabulous school, providing interesting classes, patient teachers, and an overall pleasant [experience]. I have been actively working in a salon in Florida and loving every minute of it. Who says you can’t learn a new skill and start a new career at 80!

Tanya

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