Student and Alumni Resources
Free Brochures and Regulatory Information for Your StudentsYou want your students to come away from school with a great education, a wonderful experience, and the ability to succeed as skin care professionals. Let us help! We provide schools with ASCP membership brochures for all of your esthetic students, free of charge.
When you order brochures, we will also include an equal number of our Skin Care Therapy State Regulations Guide, a comprehensive listing of each state’s regulations and requirements for licensed skin care practitioners.
Simply hand out the brochures at the beginning of each training course so we can begin supporting your students on their journey into skin care. You can also request brochures to include in your “graduation gift package” for students, so they will have complete information on all the benefits we offer to skin care professionals, including the protection of the most comprehensive liability insurance available in the field.
Students who join ASCP receive:
Download the Student membership application only.
Does your school already cover students for liability insurance?ASCP also offers Student membership with all the benefits listed above, but without the liability insurance coverage. The Non-insured Student membership is $39, and will be credited in full to the student once they are licensed and upgrade to the Skin Care Professional level of ASCP membership.
Click here for the Non-insured Student membership application.
Scholarships/Funding InformationBelow is a small sampling of the resources available for scholarship and financial aid information. If you are a student, you may want to check directly with your school regarding other financial aid options.
Access to Cosmetology Education
www.careersinbeauty.org or 800-831-1086
ACE grants are designed to help you begin your career in cosmetology. Sponsored by three major beauty industry associations: the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, the Cosmetology Advancement Foundation, and the Beauty and Barber Supply Institute.
E Student Loan
This service compares a range of alternative loans (nonfederal loans) through a search engine that matches the student’s needs with a short list of available appropriate loans.
www.fastweb.com or 800-FASTWEB (327-8932)
A scholarship search service to help students choose a school, pay tuition, and find jobs and internships.
The SmartStudent guide to financial aid.
National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/ Distributors & Associations
www.ncea.tv or 201-670-4100
NCEA and AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools) have partnered to bring you the first esthetician scholarship program through Access to Cosmetology Education (ACE), a division of AACS.
www.salliemae.com or 888-2-SALLIE (272-5543)
The nation’s largest source of funding and servicing for higher education loans.
SimpleTuition offers consumer-friendly technology for an objective, sortable, online comparison solution that will help clarify your college borrowing choices.
www.studentcredit.com or 800-649-8802
Information regarding credit cards and achieving good credit management skills.
The Education Resource Institute
www.teri.org or 800-255-TERI (8374)
TERI provides education financing and information services to students and their families.
Tuition Financing Programs
www.tfccredit.com or 800-832-2733
TFC is a private company that works directly with schools, allowing them to provide tuition financing programs that include both low monthly and long-term payment options.
United States Department of Education
www.ed.gov or 800-872-5327
The Department of Education makes available billions of dollars annually in financial aid to enable millions of students to attend postsecondary schools.
Job Placement: Help Your Graduates SucceedA successful graduate is a school’s best advertising tool. If one student has a positive training experience and goes on to a thriving career, you can be sure others will hear how it all started with your school. Consequently, you have a vested interested in helping your graduates find jobs after they graduate. Here are some ideas for sending your fledglings out into the world.
Research the Local MarketTracking hiring trends in your area is not only helpful for your students but a crucial part of the school’s success as well. Approach organizations that may hire graduates, such as spas and salons, hotels, medical spas, plastic surgeons/dermatologists, and hospitals. Ask them to fill out a short questionnaire and inquire into the possibility of a partnership. Keep questions short and in a multiple-choice format to encourage response. You may even consider offering a gift certificate at your student clinic if they respond by a certain date. This information not only gives you insight into who is hiring, but it may also introduce people to the idea of a creating an onsite position for an esthetician.
Some sample questions might include:
Do you currently employ skin care professionals?
If yes, how many:
If yes, what treatments are they providing to clients?
If no, would you be interested in possibly developing an esthetician position in your company (circle one)? Yes or No
Would your organization be interested in developing an ongoing partnership with our school’s graduates?
Yes or No
Would your organization be interested in taking part in our job board where we match positions with recent graduates?
Yes or No
A similar approach can be made to large spa resorts in your region of the country or in the nearest large city.
Post a Job BoardCreate a job board at the school where new positions can be posted. This way, when either local or regional businesses do call you with job openings, you have a central posting place and students know where to look for new opportunities.
Host a Career FairInvite businesses to your campus or to an off-site facility in the case of space constraints. To make this successful, it’s important to make it attractive for the potential employers as well as the students. In your invitation to businesses, stress that your job fair is an opportunity to tap into new talent looking to get started in their careers.
Invite Guest Speakers into ClassroomsIn addition to product manufacturer representatives, you can contact community business people—including spa/salon owners, economic advisors, plastic surgeons and dermatologists—who can speak on trends in their area of expertise, giving students some insight into the business world and building relationships between your students and their community (read "potential employers"). You can also set up panel discussions to bring in several different people to discuss relevant topics. These "special events" can be held in the evenings or on the weekend when all students can attend.
Offer Potential Employers a Free Clinic VisitOnce they get a taste of what your students have to offer, they may find reason to hire a skin care professional.
Let Future Employers See Your StudentsInvite potential employers to activities to witness students in action. This education may provide just the insight they need to understand how one of your graduates could benefit their company.
Prepare Your StudentsMake sure students are prepared to present and market themselves for employment. Marketing (resume, business cards, brochures) and accounting skills need to be in place. It’s the school’s responsibility to provide the tools—both the anatomical knowledge and the business savvy—for success. You will be rewarded with referrals and a strong reputation.
Community OutreachASCP members have told us through surveys and conversation that their best marketing tool is word-of-mouth. One way to get the word out is through community activities. As a school, you may want to make this part of your curriculum. For example, you could require students to contribute to five community events as part of their business class work. Include this information on their transcripts so that students can use it to promote themselves later. Or some schools donate proceeds from their student clinic to charity, such as the Hunger Project.
The following list offers ideas on events, activities, and segments of the community that students could be a part of. They can offer to give a short presentation on the benefits of proper skin care, and/or hold a drawing to give away free or discounted facials, make-up application or other skin care treatments.
Battered women’s shelters/displaced families
Care for the caregivers
Career Day at local schools functions
Corporate gift certificates for Employee Appreciation Day, Boss' Day, etc.
High school proms
HIV-positive support programs
Nursing homes (staff and patients)
Professional identification (t-shirts, hats, pins to get your logo out there)
Prom/homecoming preparation for the underprivileged
College and university classes
Radio station staff
Sporting, fitness & health events
Legislative InformationFor information on state boards and requirements, click here.
Maintaining a Connection With Your GraduatesMaintaining strong relationships with your students after graduation is a vital component to your--and their--continued success. After graduation, alumni should consider you, their alma mater, a valuable resource for support and networking. In our travels, ASCP staff has observed schools interacting with alumni in a variety of ways: Many schools offer continuing help on job placement for years after an individual graduates; several conduct regular surveys, both to obtain honest feedback on the school program and to solicit recommendations for teaching positions; alumni newsletters sustain bonds; and, inviting alums back to participate in career day programs or to serve as mentors to current students also deepens connections.
An especially excellent method for schools to remain connected with former students is to offer continuing education (CE) programs. ASCP members report the most important reasons for attending CE classes are personal growth, client needs, and keeping up with new technology and techniques. Furthermore, as skin care gains popularity, consumers and employers will be looking for credentials that set individuals apart. Offering advanced education will give your graduates the best possible chance at succeeding in the skin care profession.