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Before you begin, Please Read About the application process and application directions below

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How Do I get Enrolled?

If you have items missing or incomplete, you will receive an email to notify you. Once your application is complete, you will receive a decision in 2-14 days.

We prefer to receive applications via our online application and secure upload file box. However, we do accept paper applications and other application documents hand delivered or mailed. 

Your Acceptance Letter will contain directions on how to complete enrollment. You will receive enrollment paperwork by email that you can sign on your phone or computer. Private Pay students will have their payment plan on the enrollment agreement.

Financial Aid Students

Students applying for Financial Aid will need to submit their FAFSA by applying at You can submit this any time, but we will not begin processing until you’re enrolled. You will receive an email from our Financial Aid Director with directions, and she is able to help with completing the FAFSA. By this time, you may already been communicating with the Financial Aid Director.

Private Pay Students

Private pay students select a payment plan on their Application for Admission, and the specific payments are written on the enrollment agreement.  To complete enrollment, please submit the deposit specified on your enrollment agreement. Please note that the payment plan selected on your application can be changed before you sign enrollment paperwork. Deposits are fully refundable if you decide not to begin classes.

That’s it!

Your first day of class is listed on your acceptance letter and enrollment agreement.  Please show up at 9am.

You will receive an email 1-2 weeks before your start date giving you specific directions for the 1st day!

What are we looking for in the application process?

Alexander Paul Institute Admissions uses the application process to evaluate an applicant's passion and dedication to the beauty industry. We want to make sure our students are passionate and have career goals.

Our Admissions Team is available to help guide you, and the vast majority of students who follow the directions and show they will benefit from the program are admitted.

What Do I Need to Apply?

After completing your online application form, submit the following items according to the directions below:

Please take a clear picture of your government Issued Photo ID to be uploaded. Take a picture that shows the entire front of your ID against a neutral background such as a white piece of paper. Your ID must show your birth date and be current at the time of submission. Please upload using our secure upload file box.

Take a picture that shows the entire front of your SS Card against a neutral background such as a white piece of paper. You can upload a picture or scan securely to our file box by clicking our upload button.

Students can also submit acceptable equivalents such as Immigration or Student Visa Documents.

Pay your application fee below. The button will redirecto you to Paypal, where you can pay securely. Application fee is non-refundable.

Applicant First & Last Name

Your essay can be uploaded via our secure upload portal or emailed to Essay should be at least 500 words but no more than 750 words. 


  • What inspired you to become a part of the beauty industry?
  • What unique qualities will you bring to the school/industry that will allow you to succeed


  • What do you plan to do with your career in esthetics?
  • What are your career goals?

Transcript should be official and sealed. It can be mailed or hand delivered in a sealed envelope, or emailed to if your school uses an email delivery service such as Parchment. If you received a High School Diploma from a Foreign Institution, Home School, or GED/Equivalency Program, please contact the Admissions Team regarding submission requirements.

Applicants only need to submit transcripts for their preferred discipline. For example, an applicant for the Esthetics Program would not need to submit a transcript from a Cosmetology Program attended previously.

If you attended an NC Community College, contact the cosmetology/esthetics department to obtain your transcript.