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Using your Veterans Bill – GI Bill® for a Career in Beauty or Barbering

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows veterans, with more than 90 days of service, to access up to 36 months of educational benefits. If you were discharged from the military and seek a new career, beauty and barber school might be right for you.

Beauty and Barber Careers

If you seek a people-oriented job that is different every day, you might enjoy working in Cosmetology or Barbering. Cosmetology and Barbering offers a range of careers that will appeal to male and female veterans. The Beauty and Barber Industries have many career opportunities to choose from, here are a few that might interest you:

  • Nail Technician
  • Hairstylist
  • Barber
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Esthetician
  • Makeup Artist
  • Paramedical Esthetics
  • Full Specialist

Beauty and barber programs are perfect for military spouses who want a career they can resume after a move to a new base, and for active duty and retired service members who want to explore their creative sides in a stable post-military career. The same traits that help soldiers excel, such as discipline and motivation, transfer well to the beauty industry. With beauty school training, you can enjoy a rewarding career.

Not only can those who have served use these benefits for beauty education, their dependents and spouses may be eligible to attend cosmetology programs using GI Bill® benefits.

How to Use Your Veterans Bill for a Beauty and Barbering Career

To be eligible for education benefits, you must have 90 days of active duty service post-9/11 and still be on active duty, have been discharged with an injury related to military service after 30 days, or have an honorable discharge. To access the educational benefits, you must first opt in to the GI Bill®.

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, veterans have 15 years to use their educational benefits. If you wait too long because you aren’t sure what you want to do, you could lose benefits. If you decide not to use your benefits, or use a portion of them, you may be able to transfer what’s left to your dependents.

You may be eligible for additional perks, such as a supplement for school supplies or a monthly housing allowance. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can answer any questions you have regarding GI Bill® benefits, application, or allowances.

It’s easy to claim your GI Bill® benefits and get started on a new career. Visit the VA website for more information on how to apply for educational benefits.

If you’re ready to take the next step towards a new career in the beauty industry, confirm that your school of choice has been APPROVED FOR VETERANS TRAINING. Whether, it’s Cosmetology, Barber, Full Specialty, Nail Technology, Skin Care, or Makeup program training you’re looking for, call the Veteran Administration to apply for your letter of eligibility as soon as you’re ready to take the next step.


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