For Students

So you want to join the beauty business? You are in the right place. Your first step is to find out the licensing requirements in your state and start to visit schools in your area to find one that is the right fit for you. Search schools that are members of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, an association that has been around since 1924 and is made up of privately owned beauty schools around the country.

For Schools

AACS specializes in updating our member schools with information about school management, new teaching methods, current industry trends and Washington DC updates. For those schools that participate in Title IV funding, we lobby Congress and the Department of Education aggressively to protect the interests of privately owned cosmetology schools. AACS is your representative in Washington, DC.

Most of all, AACS members act as a family, often helping each other with addressing problems facing beauty education. This “networking” is often listed as the most important benefit to membership.