Here are a few lending companies not affiliated with us. Attending nail school in Virginia to get licensed will require having the cost upfront or obtaining a personal loan. Those with military aid should contact beauty schools in the Norfolk area. 


Financial Aid is not offered for Nail education in Virginia. Please read the fine print and make sure you understand your terms. Be cautious of any Lender charging more than 30% interest and read the find print to see if you agreed to be contacted by multiple lenders in the application process. 



If you find a comment about getting financial aid then it is only referring to Cosmetology school (hair school) because Cosmetologist are allowed to also sell nail care. 


Cosmetology schools must be accredited because they are charging $18-30,000 per student for a hair course. This accreditation allows hair schools to offer federal aid to those that qualify. Nail schools are not approved for federal aid in the State of Virginia, even if they are accredited. Most hair schools are not interested in offering (cheaper than hair) nail courses.  Beauty schools make most of their income on hair Education and do not want the extra expense to pay a Nail Instructor to teach a separate nail course with inconsistent enrollment. It takes 4-7 Nail students to make what one hair student pays. This is one of the main reasons of why there are not that many nail only schools from the low profitablity that nail courses compared to hair or skin care courses.  This area also has a low military population so look into schools in the Norfolk area for military aid. 


To avoid being scammed by Nail Education, MAKE SURE: 

  • Students are coming here telling stories of being financially scammed from fake schools that don't allow you or fully prepare you to take the state exams to get licensed. 
  • Virginia does NOT accept any course that is done 100% online, so if you see a course all online it means that it is a study course but you can't take the state exams in Virginia to get your nail license. Read the fine print about the state of Virginia or contact them first!
  • Look for a Virginia Nail School Licensed issued by the State of Virginia posted near the entrance at any school. They can be reported to DPOR if you don't SEE the license. Posting is a regulation and your right! You must also see a nail or salon license and a Instructor license. That means a minimum of 3 licenses must be posted by the door, office or register. The second violation is not having the licenses. Also check for expiration dates!
  • make sure you speak to someone at the school to ask questions before paying
  • State Licensed School locations are taught in a approved commercial building be cautious of being or going into someone's home. Their must be separate rooms and a public restroom. Check for business licenses to make sure they are approved to conduct business there. 
  • Check to see who the Instructor is on the license posted by the entrance or office. The Instructor must be present at all times when you are training and can never leave while you are there or they can be reported for violation. Only licensed Instructors can train you.
  • If you see a Nail School license posted near the entrance (from Va DPOR) then their course has been reviewed and approved by the state for the licensing process approval
  • APPRENTICESHIP: If you are on a apprenticeship inside a salon for training make sure the state representative personally visited the salon to issue you an apprentice card to post that you are permitted to sell nail services. They must check your governemnt ID's to get this card and they will link you to a licensed sponsor in the salon to watch over you (to start your hours) and you must be paid minimum wage. Apprentices must also attend a vocational school for book training. The ratio of apprentice in a salon is 1 licensed to 1 training for 2,000 hours and commitment for no less than one year. We have had many people "think" they are in a apprenticeship only to realize they were scammed. YOU HAVE RIGHTS and fake apprentice salons need to be reported to avoid scamming more people that they really don't want to become their competition.  


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