June Start Dates Are The Best Start Dates

June is an amazing month! The sun is shining, summer is beginning, and those mysterious vacations are getting ever closer. But June also holds another little secret, one that if you have been thinking about starting cosmetology school could result in added funds for school in the form of grants and federal aid. That probably seems like a mouthful. And that’s to be expected. Financial aid can be a confusing and sometimes daunting process. To help ease any confusion, here are a few basics, as well as details as to how starting in summer can result in added financial benefits.

Beauty School Financial Aid


The Salon Professional Academy Altoona is proud to offer financial aid to those who qualify. To apply for financial aid students will be asked to fill out the FAFSA. This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It will compile all of your information and determine your award amount. The award amount that you receive is based off of many things, including income and schooling.

Loan Types

There are two different types of loans that you can get through the federal loan system: subsidized and unsubsidized. The interest on subsidized loans is paid by the federal government while you are in school or your loans are deferred. Unsubsidized loans on the other hand, accrue interest while you are in school. This is important to remember as the money you borrow will have to be paid back, and the type of loan it is will determine the interest and even the monthly payment amount.

Federal Pell Grant

When applying for federal aid through the FAFSA you are also applying for the Pell Grant. This is a federal grant that is distributed based on need. Pell grants are only available for undergrad students, or students receiving certain degrees. You can qualify for the federal Pell Grant as a student at TSPA Altoona. Unlike federal loans, Pell Grants do not need to be repaid, and can make a considerable dent in your education financing.

Summer Aid Benefit

As mentioned at the beginning, starting school in June can create an added benefit towards financial aid. This is because the FAFSA stretches from July 1st to June 30th in a year span, meaning that if you begin school prior to the June 30th cut off you will be receiving funds, and possibly even a Pell Grant, from the previous year and then again in July when the cycle resets itself. Utilizing the FAFSA scheduling in such a way can help to eliminate any funding gap you may have, as well as take full advantage of any pell grant you may receive, ultimately decreasing the amount you will have to pay back. If financials have been keeping you from pursuing your dreams, don’t let this June pass you by. Contact our admissions department and get your application process started before time runs out! *Financial aid, financial assistance, and grants are available to those who qualify.

Only A True Makeup Master Can Ace This Quiz

At TSPA Altoona we are always impressed with how much our students know about beauty. Our students take their beauty knowledge to the next level with our Cosmetology Program and MUD Makeup Course. Are you ready to test your makeup knowledge? Let’s see where you stand with these basic and complex makeup questions!


makeup quiz

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Mystic Tan Has Come to Altoona!

Like a cold front that comes up out of the Gulf and pushes off to the east – Mystic Tan has hit Altoona. The Salon Professional Academy Altoona has long worked to offer some huge innovations and cutting edge techniques, embracing some of the biggest trends before they hit the mainstream. No where is that more evident than in our newest addition, something that, while not unique to the beauty industry, has been mostly unheard of within a cosmetology school: A Mystic Tan booth. As one of the first in country to include this in their list of services, TSPA Altoona is excited to offer this as an asset to not only their students but to the community as well. If you have ever been interested in spray tans, or have gotten one in the past, here are six things you will want to know about this exciting service.

  1. It’s Fully Automated!

    The Mystic Tan booth is one of the most advanced in the country, offering a fully automated system that not only tells you where and how to stand, but will even dry you off, ensuring that from the moment you step out of the booth you are ready to hit the town.

  2. It’s Customizable!

    With several customizable scents, and a wide array of shades that react to your skin tone, The Mystic Tan spray service helps you create a look that is unique to you, all while avoiding that horrifying orange hue spray tans are known for.

  3. It’s Accelerated!

    No, literally. The Mystic Spray Tan system works with your skin tone, utilizing an accelerator that blossoms on your skin, giving you that “just home from the beach” feel. While you’ll be tan free just out of the booth, within a few hours the color will blossom. Want color sooner? You can easily add a bronzer to your custom mixture. Even better? The floor of the booth is ionized, helping the tanning solution to stick to your skin and giving that color an opportunity to last even longer.

  4. It’s Not Cool!

    Well, it is, but what we mean to say is that the booth is heated! You won’t be stepping into cold air and onto and even colder floor. The entire thing is heated for your comfort.

  5. It’s Fast!

    Taking about 15 minutes from the time you walk through our doors, to the time you leave, this process is one of the fastest out there. In fact, although appointments are recommended, walk ins are welcome and the most you will be waiting is just a few minutes.

  6. It’s Sanitary!

    While the fully automated book has an autoclean feature, the staff and students at TSPA Altoona take that cleanliness one step further by washing out and wiping down the booth between each use. You have nothing to fear!

Mystic Tan in Altoona

        Ready to plunge right into your first (or next) tanning experience? 

Give us a call today and get ready to visit the beach!