Why Does a Diploma Matter

January 27, 2016
Paul Mitchell Schools

Maybe you’re considering a career in the beauty and wellness industry but don’t have a high school diploma.

It may seem like a pointless requirement, but the truth is there are actually a variety of reasons that getting a high school diploma could be beneficial.

Why Do I Need a Diploma to Go to Beauty School?

So that you can qualify for federal funding.

The financial expense of higher education can be steep and very few people have the capacity to pay in-full and out-of-pocket.

Earning a diploma or a GED equivalent means that you will be eligible to apply for Pell Grants and other forms of federal assistance for school.

Not to mention that people with a diploma or equivalent statistically tend to earn more annually and are able to obtain sustainable positions.

What if I Don’t Have My Diploma?

The General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is very accessible, with many online options available. If you work full time and are unable to physically attend courses, there are solutions available. Ask an admissions counselor for help to find out what they are.


Most online programs are legitimate, but remember that you’ll have to take the test in person. The only reason for this is to verify the identity of the person who will be awarded the certificate.

Additionally, remember GED Certificates are awarded by the state, not the school/agency providing the training. GED programs that claim that you can complete everything online are not likely to be accepted by the Cosmetology schools that you apply to later.

Make sure that the school you select is accredited by an agency that will be accepted by colleges, trade schools, and employers.

Speak with an admissions counselor and find out what your next steps should be if you need a diploma.

Have a diploma and need to get started? Paul Mitchell the School Costa Mesa can help, learn more here.

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