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Financial Aid Policies & Program Cost

Financial Aid Policies & Program Cost

Disclaimer: U.S. Department of Education Student Financial Assistance Students interested in applying for financial assistance available through the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) must complete their application process as soon as possible to ensure eligibility for these funds and to ensure that your educational goals can be met without interruption. The most common sources of federal aid are made available to students through the Federal Pell Grant Program and the Federal Direct Loan Program.

Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology does not guarantee applicants will receive financial aid and the dollar amount. All applicants that qualify will receive the amount approved by FAFSA.

Federal Pell Grants

  • For the 2020-21 award year, provide up to $6,345 of financial aid for each academic year of study for those who qualify.
  • Eligibility factors include income dependency based upon 2018 tax returns and do not have to be repaid for those who qualify.
  • Available to students enrolled in programs containing at least 600 clock hours of training for those who qualify.
  • Other eligibility conditions apply.

Federal Direct Loans

  • Provide up to $9,500 of student loan eligibility for independent students (depending on the program you choose).
  • Provide up to $5,500 of student loan eligibility for dependent students.
  • Unsubsidized Loans are available to students and families regardless of income level.
  • Available to students enrolled in programs containing at least 600 clock hours of training.
  • Available to students enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
  • Student loans are not free money and must be repaid.
  • Repayment begins in the 7th month after you complete your training or withdraw from the program.
  • Entrance counseling must be completed.
  • Master Promissory Note must be completed.
  • Other eligibility conditions apply.
Applying for federal financial aid is an easy, web-based process. You can apply for and monitor your financial aid process at; this USDE website is a student’s home page for their federal aid application process.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): This application must be completed by you (and your spouse, if married OR your parents, if you do not meet the statutory definition of an “independent” student as determined during the application process). It is extremely important any income reported on the FAFSA is imported using the “IRS Data Retrieval” process available to you as you complete your FAFSA online. This will ensure accurate data and will reduce the possibility that you will need to obtain proof of your tax information from the IRS, which will significantly delay your federal aid. When you complete the application, you should include the school’s 6-digit code number, so the institution receives the results of your application.
  • Electronic Master Promissory Note (E-MPN): If you are applying for student loans, you must complete an electronic master promissory note (E-MPN). You must also include the school’s 6-digit code number on this document. Both above documents require your electronic signature for authorization. Your USDE issued FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID (formerly your PIN) is used as your electronic signature. If you do not have a FSA ID or PIN, you may also register for one to be issued through the USDE website.
  • Loan Counseling: Before the institution may disburse any loan proceeds on your behalf, you may also have to complete a process called “Entrance Counseling”. This is required by all first-time borrowers and can also be completed by you electronically through This counseling should be taken very seriously as it explains your rights and responsibilities regarding your student loans. We encourage you to review your responsibilities regarding your federal student loan multiple times. The programs in which you enroll, and whether you complete your program, have significant effects on your eligibility and on your loan repayment obligations. Financial aid administrators are available at the school for any questions you may have about your financial aid process. Please complete the requirements described in this letter as soon as possible and congratulations on your decision to further your education.

The Federal Aid Process

After completing the FAFSA, E-MPN, and counseling (if required), your file will be reviewed by our financial aid administrators to determine your eligibility for federal student aid. To begin receiving aid, and to continue receiving future disbursements, you must be making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the institution’s policy.

You may also be required to provide additional information to confirm your eligibility in accordance with the results of your FAFSA application. When your financial aid file is complete, your financial need will be determined, and a financial aid package will be offered to you. Your Award Notification letter will include all information regarding your financial aid package.

Your financial need is determined by examining an estimate of your cost of attendance for the academic year against your family’s expected financial contribution and any other types of educational financial assistance you may be receiving for that school year. If you have a complete file containing no conflicting information, you meet all other eligibility requirements, and are determined to have financial needs, you will be eligible to receive federal student financial assistance.

Federal grants and subsidized student loans (to the extent the student is eligible) will be awarded before any unsubsidized loans. This provides the most financial benefit to the student and the student’s family.

Your eligible federal aid for the school year will be divided into two equal payments for periods of time called “payment periods.” Half of your federal aid will be disbursed for the first half of the academic year, and the second half is eligible to be disbursed when you successfully complete the midpoint of the academic year. These periods of time may be shorter for periods of enrollment less than a full academic year, i.e., programs less than 900 clock hours and 26 weeks in length or remaining portions of longer programs in which the remaining portion of the program is less than 900 hours.

Always contact the financial aid office with any questions you have regarding your financial aid. You will be notified whenever any of your federal aid has been disbursed.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, federal aid for each payment period will be credited to your account with the institution and will be applied to tuition and fees for that period, as well as to any other educational charges (i.e., textbooks, supplies, and equipment) for which you have authorized the institution to use your federal aid.

In the event that federal aid disbursements exceed the amount of allowable charges owed to the institution for that period, you are entitled to receive that excess credit balance and use those funds for other educational expenses, including non-institutional costs of attendance.

The institution will make every effort to disburse your federal aid on a timely basis; however, a review of your academic and financial aid files must be done prior to disbursing any aid to confirm that you are maintaining satisfactory progress and that you remain eligible for your federal student aid.

Failure to complete your program of study can also have adverse impacts on your federal aid. You are advised to review the institution’s policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress, Withdrawals, and Return of Unearned Aid for more detailed information about how these policies affect your federal aid eligibility.

Financial aid administrators are available to answer any questions you may have about your financial aid eligibility, awards, and disbursements.

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