As a military veteran or eligible dependent, you likely qualify for a variety of GI-Bill® education benefits that can help you pursue your career goals. If you want to use the GI-Bill® to attend esthetician school, but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place!
Why Become a Licensed Esthetician?
Becoming an esthetician offers a variety of benefits including flexible hours, the potential to work independently or in a spa setting, and the opportunity to offer a wide range of services such as facials, waxing, and makeup.
Employment of estheticians is expected to grow 14% from 2019-2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means there are plenty of opportunities available for skilled professionals in this field.
The GI-Bill® was established in 1944 as part of the original GI-Bill® of Rights and provides eligible veterans and their families with education and training benefits. It may cover up to 100% of tuition and fees for approved schools and programs.
To be eligible for the GI-Bill®, you must have served on active duty for at least 90 days after September 10th, 2001 and have received an honorable discharge. You must also be enrolled in an approved program at an accredited school.
How do I Apply for GI-Bill® Benefits?
The process for applying for GI-Bill® benefits begins with completing VA Form 22-1990 or 22-1990E online. The VA will review your application and respond with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You will then need to submit your COE to the school of your choice to start the enrollment process.
The VA will review the school’s program to determine if it meets their requirements for certification. Once approved, the school will be added to the VA’s list of approved programs and the VA will provide information about tuition rates and payment cycles.
Using the GI-Bill® for Esthetician School
The GI-Bill® may cover up to 100% of tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and test fees such as licensing exams for those who have served on active duty for 90 or more days after September 10, 2001. The payment rate is dependent on the amount of active-duty service based on the following periods:
- 100% – 36 or more total months
- 100% – 30 or more consecutive days with disability discharge or purple heart medal
- 90% – 30 – 36 months
- 80% – 24 -30 months
- 70% – 18 – 24 months
- 60% – 6 – 18 months
- 50% – at least 90 days, but less than 6 months
When choosing an esthetician school, consider whether you prefer online or in-person learning* experiences. In-person schools offer more hands-on learning but may require more time from students. Online schools may offer more flexible options but may require additional self-discipline from students.
*Note that currently, The Cassady Academy is only able to offer in-person learning for GI-Bill® students.
Attend classes wherever you want with the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)
The Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is a great way to use the GI-Bill® to help pay for esthetician school. The amount of money you get from your MHA depends on the school’s location, just like Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) in the military.
Depending on where you choose to attend esthetician school, you may receive more or less amounts of MHA depending on the local cost of living for that city.
Esthetician Jobs and Career Prospects
The job outlook for licensed estheticians from accredited esthetician school programs is positive, especially in cities/states with higher concentrations of spas/salons.
Demand varies by region, so research local job markets before enrolling in a program. Annual wages vary depending on experience, geographic location, and type of employer.
With the expected increase in the employment of estheticians, now is the perfect time to get started with your education journey!