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Financial Aid is not offered for Nail education in Virginia. Attending nail school in Virginia to get licensed will require having the cost upfront or obtaining a personal loan or a career developmental loan. Those with military aid should contact the beauty schools in the Norfolk area. 


Please take the time to understand your terms with any loan. Be cautious of any Lender charging more than 30% interest. Understand that interest rates of 20% or more requires serious responsibility to pay back. Always read the fine print to see if you agreed to be contacted by multiple lenders in the application process to avoid annoying spam phone calls or emails. 



If you find a comment about getting financial aid for nail training 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 cost $18-30,000 per student for a 12-18 month long hair course. This longer course 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 so they push hair courses instead.  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. This area also has a low military population to make enough from military aid so look into schools in the Norfolk area if you are using 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 License 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. Also check for expiration dates to not lose your paid costs!
  • State Licensed School locations are taught in a approved commercial building be cautious of being or going into someone's home. Their training area and classroom must be separate rooms and it must have a public restroom. Check for city or county 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 do 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 per hour that you are there. Apprentices must also attend a vocational school for book training. The ratio of apprentice in a salon is 1 licensed to 1 training for no less than 2,000 hours and a commitment of 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 anyways.  


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