Where Are They Today: Jake Kissel’s Cosmetology Career

Learn Where Jake Kissel’s Curiosity About The World Of Cosmetology Has Taken Him, What Ignited Him, What He Is Doing In The World Of Cosmetology Today, What Opened His Eye Up To TSPA Evansville Cosmetology School & How He Overcame People Deterring His Decision. Get Ready To Get Inspired

Jake Kissel grew up next door to me along with his 3 brothers. When we were in the planning stages of the Academy, Jake was really interested in what we were doing and started asking my son, what is a licensed cosmetologist, and the next thing I knew, Jake was the first student to sign an enrollment agreement for TSPA Evansville. Jake started in our first class on July 9, 2007. As a student, Jake was very committed to graduating at the top of his class and took his learning very serious. Jake had all the obstacles that most students and new graduates have with financial being right at the top. While attending TSPA, Jake worked a part time job, sold his paintings on the side and saved his money with a purpose. I still remember how excited he was when he was able to buy his first brand new car on his own merit about 2 years after graduating. Jake worked hard and has continued to work hard and never let anything get in the way of his passion and dreams.  What really stands out for me now is Jake’s love of sharing his gifts and talent with others through teaching and mentoring. It’s been a great pleasure to watch Jake Kissel grow as a salon professional and as a person of influence.

Robin Halter

~Why did you choose the beauty industry?

I was in a way oblivious to the beauty industry at this point in my life. It was during my gap year from high school that I had to find a career choice that spoke to me. I knew college wasn’t the best fit for me. With my creative background in the arts, I knew I needed something to fuel my creative side. My mentor, Robin Halter, came to me and shared a bit about The Salon Professional Academy/Evansville. I was intrigued by this idea and it sparked a new flame inside me. I signed up shortly after our chat. So as a big picture, the beauty industry chose me.

~How has your decision to attend TSPA influenced your career?

The Salon Professional Academy helped me to become who I am today. It was the birth place of the career of my dreams. The Academy showed me how I can become the best authentic version of myself. I was able to graduate knowing my foundational skills as well as advanced current real world techniques.

~What have you experienced as a licensed cosmetologist?

Wow, so much has happened since graduation. So here are some of the hi-lights.

  • Hair and Makeup for movie title, Daylight (filmed in Evansville, IN).
  • 3 years at Salon WOW (Evansville, IN)
  • 7 years at current salon, Elements of Style Salon and Spa (Eldersburg, MD just west of Baltimore)
  • Becoming A Pure Artist 2012 (Pureology)
  • Redken Color Certification
  • Working alongside with many industry greats like Chris Baran and Ruth Roche
  • Attended 5 Exchange classes in NYC
  • Worked at Richmond hair show selling products on show floor,  presenting on mini stage, and doing behind the scenes hair for Pureology.
  • Worked at the Jerry Garcia Foundation Concert and had the opportunity to do hair for Peter Frampton, Grace Potter, Eric Church and Allie Kral.
  • Attended the London Redken Symposium 2014
  • Attended the Las Vegas Redken Symposium 2015 working show floor and behind the scenes hair for the event
  • Became Co- Owner and Education Director of my salon company, Elements of Style Salon and Spa in 2017
  • Level 4A stylist and associate trainer.
  • Stand up for Hero’s event NYC 2017
  • Featured on Michel Cole’s FB Live January 2018
  • Motivational Speaker at Cosmetology Schools
  • Will be working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week-February 2018

~How has the  beauty industry impacted your life?

I wouldn’t be in the position I am today, if I hadn’t made the decision to become a student at TSPA Evansville I have been able to touch the lives of thousands of guest working behind the chair. Sometimes all anyone needs is someone to talk to and have them listen. I love bringing joy to my guests with my personality and skill.

I was told by managers at prior jobs, by family and friends that this industry couldn’t offer me much money or opportunity. I have always had a strong will and I pushed myself to prove the haters wrong. I’m happy to say that I have reached a 6 figure income.  This is not to brag but to shed light on the earning potential that is available if you put in the hard work.

Another huge impact in my life is my ability to travel the world, which seemed out of reach in my life before. Learn better, Earn better, Live better is the Redken mantra. This mantra has helped me be able to grow and focus my goals towards something and achieve them. Anything is possible when you have a road map to a goal.

~What advice would you give to someone thinking about attending school to become a cosmetologist, esthetician, nail tech, etc? 

If you truly want to make an impact in your community and even the world then this is for you. We all hold the greatness within us to become what we want in life. The biggest piece of advice I can give; You drive your own car and no one else. You may have people in your life that may try to detour you from this career, but you need to listen to what your heart is telling you. There are so many opportunities within this great industry and we are waiting for you to show up.

Jake Kissel

@JakeAKissel

JakeAKissel.com

Applying For FAFSA Made Easy

Your FAFSA Guide For Applying To Beauty Schools That Offer Financial Aid.

The application process for financial aid can be exciting, intimidating and confusing all at the same time. That’s why we have created an informational financial aid guide for beauty schools that demystifies what financial aid is, who qualifies, student aid types & options, when, and how to get started. You will find informational videos and links to important sites that are core to your qualification process and success.

WHAT IS FINANCIAL AID? Financial aid is money to help pay for postsecondary education or career school. Aid can come from the U.S. Federal Governmentthe state you live inthe school you want to attend or private organizations. The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to qualified students who need help paying for school. Financial Student Aid might be your best option.

WHO CAN APPLY? No matter your age, race, even if your parents are undocumented immigrants, you can and should apply for financial aid by filling out a Free Application for  Federal Student Aid(FAFSA).

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID I CAN APPLY FOR? There are many federal financial aid types and options to consider:

  • Grants: Grants are often need-based. If you qualify, you typically won’t have to repay the money but there are certain scenarios that may require that a portion or all of the grant funds be repaid(example, if you withdraw from school before finishing an enrollment period such as a semester). You may still need additional help. Learn more about grant types.
  • Work-study job: another great option to help pay for school if you qualify. Undergraduates qualify to earn minimum wage. You won’t have to pay this back.
  • Student Loans: While student loans help cover the cost of college tuition and fees, it also can be used to pay for room and board, books, and supplies. After all,  grants, work-study job or scholarships can be a huge help but these forms of aid may not help cover the full cost of school. Getting a loan is a big decision, you will be required to repay these once you are out of school. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding how much to borrow:
    • Don’t Settle – Make sure the school is the right fit for you both educationally and financially.
    • Location – the amount of money you need can be dependent on where your school is located. In-state schools require less funding.
    • Future income – Student loan payments should only be a small portion of your future salary. The amount of your loan will affect your future finances.

WHAT IS ACCREDITATION? In order to receive federal student aid, the institution that you are applying to has to be an accredited school. Accreditation is important because it is a measure of whether a career school or college either meets or exceeds the standards of quality. One of the first steps a student should take is to verify if the school is recognized by a certified accrediting agency. Some of the benefits for you are:

  • Students must attend an accredited institution to apply for federal grants or loans.
  • Helps employers determine whether a graduate is qualified. It is important for employers to know if applicants received a degree or certification from accredited schools or programs.
  • Assists institutions in determining if credits are transferable in the event you need to transfer to another school.

AREN’T ALL BEAUTY SCHOOLS ACCREDITED? No. Accreditation is a voluntary step an institution chooses to take or not. Not all educational institutions want to endure the rigorous self and independent evaluation of the quality of the education they produce.

HOW SOON CAN I START APPLYING FOR FAFSA?  Once you establish your FSA ID, you can apply for financial aid at any time. It takes about 30 minutes to apply and you will be able to know your status right away. Matter of fact, you can begin applying even if you have not filled out a TSPA apply now form for our academy. The FAFSA application process is pretty simple. We have outlined key links for application pages, videos that show how-tos and other important information about the application process.

WATCH VIDEO: Overview of the Financial Aid Process

Are you ready to get started?

Our guide will make your application for student aid easier. We have included quick overviews of some of the processes and video links that complement the information provided in this guide.

FIRST STEP IN APPLYING FOR FAFSA:

CREATE YOUR FSA ID – your electronic passport to federal student aid

WHEN? Get an FSA ID as soon as possible. Before you fill out your FAFSA application, you will be required to enter an FSA ID. This is your first step to begin the financial aid process. Create your FSA ID here with step by step instructions. If it is determined that you are a dependent, share this quick video link with your parents to help them understand the process and participation required from them.

WHY? This is your first step in being able to apply for student financial aid. An FSA ID establishes your username and password and is your electronic passport to federal student aid online that lets you access US department of education websites: FAFSA.ed.gov or studentloans.gov to start your application.

WHO? You and your parent(s), if you’re a dependent student, MUST set up your FSA ID.  If you are unsure whether you’ll need to provide parental information on the form? How do you find out your dependency status? You will be asked numerous question to determine if you are a dependent or independent student. This is important because:

  • If you are a dependent, then you will need to include your parent’s financial information on your FASFA(Free Application for Student Federal Aid). This means your parent’s financial information will be considered along with your information to determine eligibility for federal student aid.
  •  Independents generally are qualified by the following statuses: a graduate student, on active duty military member, Veteran, Married or 24 or older, you are most likely an independent.
  • There are special circumstances like living with your grandparents and so forth and your FASFA form will provide you feedback on your dependency status.

WATCH VIDEO: FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status

WHAT information will you need to get started?

  • Social Security number – You must have one in order to get an FSA ID.
  • ID or Drivers License
  • W2 form(s) or tax returns from the previous earning year.
  • Be prepared to answer 3 groups of questions:
    • Personal – name address & marital status
    • Financial – income
    • Parental – if applicable or required

WATCH VIDEO:  How to create your FSA ID

APPLY FOR FAFSA – APPLICATION

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Watch the video below for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application. Remember, the FAFSA is a FREE application for  federal student aid. You never have to pay for applying!

WATCH VIDEO: How To Fill Out The FAFSA

WATCH VIDEO:  Start the FAFSA Application

Information you will need to get started:

  •  FSA ID
  • The school code for TSPA Evansville #041727
  • Be prepared to answer 3 groups of questions:
    • Personal – name address & marital status
    • Financial – income
    • Parental – if applicable or required

I FILLED OUT MY FAFSA NOW WHAT? The great thing about filling out the FAFSA online is that you can check it’s processing status a few days later. You will be provided a Student Aid Report (SAR) which is a summary of all the information you provided on the FAFSA. Once you have filled out the FAFSA form for student aid, you will receive an award letter from our financial aid officer and from each school, you listed on your FASFA application. This letter will explain the federal and non-federal financial aid that a school is offering you. You will be sent an award letter from our financial aid officer and if you have any questions about it, contact us immediately.

WATCH VIDEO: After the FAFSA: What Happens Next


The goal of The Salon Professional Academy Financial Aid office is to assist students in attaining the necessary funds to attend our institution. Students may apply for a variety of federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as mentioned above. More instructions and scholarship opportunities can be found throughout our website, but students with questions are encouraged to contact our office at admissions@tspaevansville.com  or 812-436-1306.

GI Bill For Beauty School

TSPA Evansville Accepts ALL GI Bill Recipients Including Post 9/11 and All GI Bill & MyCAA Programs

TSPA Evansville honors ALL GI Bill Benefits and military spouse careers advancement account recipients (MyCAA)

GI Bill & Post / 911 GI Bill DallasThe Salon Professional Academy couldn’t be more proud to have you as a student or to help you learn more about your GI Bill and your beautiful career. Whether you are considering a career in cosmetology or esthetics, our admissions, and financial aid team can help you prepare for your beauty program. The process is pretty simple, all you have to do is reach out to us, schedule a visit to come see your new campus and social network, meet our warm admissions team and then we help guide and support you through the enrollment process as soon as you are ready – all you have to do is pick a start date! We help our students prepare for careers in salons, spas, runway, video or fashion. You could be eligible to compete in the TSPA national student competitions and more. The sky is the limit on how far you want to take yourself in the cosmetology or esthetics world! Thank you for your service to our country! It is time to let us help and support you. We have a great relationship with the local VA vocational and educational team, that can help you with any of your GI Bill Benefits – either for yourself or your dependents!

Being a Military spouse is full of challenges. Help is available for those who wish to pursue an education. The MyCAA program assists military spouses to help start you on the path towards a new exciting career.

For additional information, eligibility criteria, instructions on how to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.gibill.va.gov or call our Office of Financial Aid at 8124361306 or email Admissions@tspaevansville.com to schedule an appointment to get all your questions answered don’t delay your passion any longer!