Sometimes your dream beauty school doesn’t always turn out to be the one of your dreams. You may find yourself needing to transfer because it isn’t the right fit for you or because of circumstances outside of your control. If you’re looking to transfer to a different beauty school, here are five steps you can take to make the transfer process easier!

One: Explore Schools

Transferring to a different beauty school can feel like a fresh start, and sometimes you’ll have to go back to the basics: looking for the right place for you. If you’re currently enrolled in a cosmetology program, make sure the one you’re thinking about transferring to offers a cosmetology program. If you’re in esthetics, make sure there’s an esthetics program. That’s often the first thing to do!

When looking for a new place, contact the admissions department. They’ll let you know:

  • How to apply
  • How to transfer hours
  • What documents you need from your previous school
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • When the next classes start

Much like your first beauty education endeavor, you should schedule a tour to get to know the place you want to transfer to. See how the culture and facilities are different, and take the time you need to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

Woman looking at phone and laughingTwo: Apply

Once you’ve picked the new program of your choice, it’s time to start the application process. You’ll want to work closely with the school to see what parts of the application process you’ll need to do and anything you should know as a transfer student.

Three: Get Everything You Need From Your Current School

Transferring isn’t a matter of just choosing a different place and applying. Contact your current school to get the documentation your new choice needs to make the transfer easy. You’ll often need:

  • Your transcript and hours they’ve reported to the state board
  • A list of any outstanding payment balances
  • A release from your previous school

This step is an absolute must! A transcript can help you get the most out of the work you’ve already put in. It makes it easier to verify how many hours you’ve already completed and how many you have left. However, just because you have the hours doesn’t mean all hours will directly transfer.

At Inspire Greatness Aveda we cannot guarantee that any or all of your previously completed hours will transfer. However, we do look at each transfer on an individual basis to determine how many hours we can accept from your previous school. We’re happy to work with you!

You should also expect to pay any outstanding balances with your current school before you can enroll somewhere else. If you are transferring because the institution you are currently enrolled in is closing, they may prorate the amount you owe based on how many hours you’ve already completed.

Four: Re-Apply for Financial Aid

Your federal financial aid doesn’t automatically transfer when you move to a different place. You’ll need to log into your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) account and add the appropriate school’s code to transfer your application to your new choice.

Inspire Greatness Aveda has financial aid available to those who qualify. If you’re transferring to one of our locations, you’ll need to add the school code of the one you’re planning on transferring to on your application. Our codes are:

From there, your original financial aid should transfer, but you should work with the financial department at your new school to see if there are other steps you need to take.

Five: Believe in Yourself

It can be daunting to switch from one program to another, but you can do it! We’re here to help you every step of the way. Here are some other things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about transferring beauty school.

  • Keep in touch! Just because you’re transferring doesn’t mean you don’t have to stop talking to the friends you’ve made at your current school.
  • Make new friends. New school, new opportunities to find people with the same interests as you. You can get to know some great new students.
  • Work closely with your advisors. We want to see you succeed in your future. If you have any questions about what you need to pursue an education in beauty, don’t hesitate to ask!


Want to Transfer to Inspire Greatness Aveda?

If you’re interested in pursuing an education at one of our locations, book a tour with us today! We’ll be happy to help you get you started on your new journey.