School Management and Business Planning
Student Loan and Scholarship Programs
We know it's difficult for some skin care students to afford school tuition. Often, schools will provide a finance alternative that allows students to make monthly payments to the school for their tuition. Sometimes, this leaves the student with a large monthly payment they are unable to meet. Listed below are links to sites that will help students and prospective students find information about financial aid and scholarships. These programs allow your students to repay their loans over a longer period of time and make financing their school education much more manageable and attractive. We have included brief descriptions to assist you in finding the right site. You will need to contact the institutions below to set up the programs and make them available to your students.
Creating Your School Catalog ©Your school catalog is most likely your first impression on potential students. The professionalism and warmth it conveys will translate into enrollment numbers, so it's worth your time, energy and, yes, money.
ContentFirst, figure out what information is critical to get across to potential students. You want to answer as many questions as possible and give them resources if they want more details. Remember, your readers will be starting at square one; don't make assumptions about what you think they should already know. Map out the information as a "table of contents" and begin collecting information. Below is a list of topics you'll want to include:
School address, phone, fax, e-mail, website, license number (on the cover)
Date of printing (on the cover)
Licensing information (include address and phone number for this entity)
Directions/Map to the school
History and ownership of the school
Information about the school facility and the location
Courses and classroom hours dedicated to each subject, including a brief description for each course and when it's offered
Course objectives: What can the student expect to attain upon completion
Semester calendar (when classes begin, holidays, graduation)
Requirements for graduation
Admissions and Tuition
Admission policies, including attendance, grading system and reports, grounds for dismissal, leaves, withdrawals
Transfer credit information
Tuition information and additional costs (books and materials cost, tuition refund policy, financing)
Registration/Enrollment application and information
Staff information (from director to administrative staff to faculty)
Student Support Services
Job placement services
You may also want to include an "Index" in the back of the catalog that lists topics in alphabetical order. This will make finding specific information easier for prospective students.
The design and style of your catalog will also say a lot about your school. Hire a professional graphic designer to put the catalog together, and work with him/her to create the effect you want. The layout, style, photos, and type of paper will all play a part in the overall feel of your catalog.
A Free Advertising OpportunityASCP lists all state approved skin care programs on our website, www.ascpskincare.com, at no charge to the school. We give your school this exposure to help you attract potential students. Because prospective students are conducting much of their research online, our free school listing enables them to look up schools in their geographic area. ASCP lists nearly 900 state approved skin care programs. Our website also educates potential students about careers in the dynamic skin care profession.
If your skin care program is state approved and is not listed on our site, please e-mail us at email@example.com with your school information (name of school, contact person, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, website and e-mail address, if applicable), and we will be glad to include your school in our next update.
ASCP Recommended Instructor Code of Conduct ©As an instructor at a school for skin care professionals, I hereby pledge to abide by the Code of Conduct outlined below.
ASCP Recommended Instructor Code of Conduct ©
Job PostingsOnline classifieds for employment opportunities at your school are available at no charge in the "Members" section of www.ascpskincare.com. If you'd like to post an opening, click here.
What is Accreditation? ©
Accreditation is defined as "granting of approval to an institution of learning by an official review board after the school has met specific requirements." The accreditation process is a voluntary step that institutions, including skin care schools, may take to receive this additional endorsement from an independent accrediting body. The primary motivation for schools to seek accredited status is to assure prospective students that their programs have met quality and competency standards.
Student Liability Insurance: Make Sure Your Students Get Connected with ASCP Student Membership ©Protect your school and protect your students by ensuring that students are covered on an individual basis. In fact, some schools incorporate ASCP Student Membership--available for $59--into the cost of tuition. When students graduate and upgrade their ASCP membership, this $59 is applied to the Skin Care Professional level of membership, effectively making Student Membership free for those students who go on to practice after graduating.
Along with liability insurance for all school-sanctioned activities, student members receive a subscription to Skin Deep, our bimonthly member magazine, and Fine Lines, the quarterly student newsletter, as well as access to all the marketing materials and resources in the Members section of our website, www.ascpskincare.com, all for $59--money they get back when they upgrade.
ASCP is happy to provide your school with membership brochures for each of your students. This brochure introduces new students to ASCP Student Membership and explains the importance of liability insurance as well as the benefits of belonging to ASCP.
Click here to order your free brochures.