Financial Aid & Student Loans

Cosmoton is not accredited at this time and does not participate in any federal or state financial aid programs.  If a student receives a loan to pay for the educational program the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest less the amount of any refund. 

Admission Procedure

  • Step one – arrange for a personal interview with Cosmoton Admissions Representative and tour the campus. 
  • Step two – present the required educational documentation and identifications. 
    • U.S. High School Diploma, GED, State Proficiency Test or its equivalent. For students that have immigrated to the United States, the services of independent academic evaluators is needed to determine academic readiness. Ability to Benefit (ABT) is accepted.
    • Valid Social Security card or ITIN
    • Valid California ID 
  • Step three – schedule a date to take the aptitude exam prior to enrollment. 
  • Step four – Cosmoton Admission Representative will review rules and regulations with applicant and offer payment plan available to students. If applicant accepts enrollment agreement it is signed or taken home to review and brought back with initial deposit on the day of orientation. 
  • Step five – attend orientation and begin training. 

Paying for Barber Program

9Cosmoton offers in house student financing at a 0% interest rate. 

  • 2024 Cosmoton 1500 Hour New Talent Barbering Program  $17,304.00 
  • $5000 Down Payment
  • 11 monthly payments of $1118.54 to pay off balance. 
  • School Tuition cost is about $9 an hour


Program  Barbering 2023  Barbering 2024
 Application Fee + Registration fee Non-Refundable  $200.00  $200.00 
 *Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) Non-Refundable  $42.50  $42.50 
 Digital Lab Seat, Books & Tech Fee, Non-Refundable   $625.00  $561.50
 Student Kit, Module Guides, Supplies, non-Refundable   $1500.00 $1500.00 
 Tuition $15,000.00   $15,000.00
 **Total Cost   $17,367.50   $17,304.00

*STRF: $.50 for every $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest $1,000. 

**Charges for the period of attendance and the entire program. 

Additional Fee, paid by the graduate: California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, Barbering examination and initial license fee $ 125.00. 

Additional Fees, if applicable: Return check fee $15.00 

All books, supplies and tools for the program selected will be furnished by the school at the stated charge. A complete list of required books, supplies, and/or equipment is provided to each student. Lost, mutilated, or stolen items will be replaced at the expense of the student. 


You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you: 

  • You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and 
  • Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party. 

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies: 

  • You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or 
  • Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party. 

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in an educational program who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. 

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following: 

  • The school closed before the program of instruction was completed. 
  • The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school. 
  • The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs. 
  • There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau. 
  • An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act. 

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number. 

The Genesis of Cosmoton Academy In 2018 the spark of a grand institution of learning exploded on the central coast. This school was to become renowned for its commitment to knowledge and the pursuit of wisdom. It was a beacon of hope for the young minds of the county, a place where curiosity and passion for learning were nurtured and celebrated. This was Cosmoton Academy. But how did Cosmoton Academy come to be, and what did its name mean? The tale of its origin is steeped in the history of the craft, a decent amount of science and the creative musings of its eclectic owners. The word "Cosmoton" comes from the Latin "cosmo," meaning "in order," and the Greek "kósmos," meaning "good order" or, most memorably, "the universe." “Cosmo” is used in the formation of compound words. It can also represent outer space in contemporary usage. The root "cosmo-" is often found in words related to the universe or cosmic elements, such as "cosmology" (the study of the universe) and "cosmonaut" (a space traveler). The second part of the name, "ton," is derived from the Latin "tonsor," meaning "barber" and represents the historical relationship between barbers, monks, and the Church. In the early days of the Christian Church, monks were expected to shave the crowns of their heads as a sign of their religious devotion. This practice, was a symbolic act representing their renunciation of worldly fashion and a commitment to a life of humility and simplicity. The tonsure was usually performed by senior monks or the abbot of the monastery. However, as the Christian Church grew and evolved, so did the practice of tonsure. In the 9th century, Pope Nicholas I decreed that only the clergy could perform the tonsure, as they were not to have any contact with human blood. This was later expanded to include only bishops and barbers. This papal decree indirectly contributed to the rise in the professional barber trade. As the clergy were the only ones allowed to perform tonsure, barbers were employed to assist in the process or to provide other grooming services to the clergy and the laity. This also helped to establish barbers as important figures in society and contributed to the development of the term "tonsorial artist" a term that would later evolve to simply "tonsorial." The inclusion of "ton" in the name Cosmoton Academy symbolizes the academy's commitment to grooming the minds of its students, much like a barber would groom the hair of their clients. The founders of Cosmoton Academy were inspired by the great minds of history, from the Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle, who laid the foundations of Western thought, to the Roman scholars and engineers who built upon their work. The academy sought to honor the spirit of inquiry and discovery that had propelled humanity forward throughout the ages. The name embodies the spirit of the academy, a place where students would not only learn about the world but also strive to bring good order to their lives through knowledge, wisdom and understanding. As the years passed, Cosmoton Academy grew in size and reputation, attracting students from far and wide. It became a symbol of dedication to knowledge and a beacon of hope for Barbers who were curious about more than just haircutting. The name "Cosmoton" will forever be associated with excellence in education and the pursuit of wisdom, reminding all who pass through its halls of the grand ambitions of its founders and the potential of every student who studies there. So, when people ask, "How did Cosmoton get its name and what does it mean?" the answer lies in the heart of the academy's mission and the dreams of the town that built it. It is a name that embodies the very essence of education and the promise of a brighter future for all who seek knowledge within its walls. The Cosmoton Academy logo, featuring a space-traveling octopus wielding scissors and a razor, beautifully encapsulates the fusion of anime, traditional Japanese barbershop aesthetics, and the school's commitment to excellence in barbering education. The octopus, a symbol of adaptability and intelligence, is a fitting mascot for the academy, showcasing its dedication to training versatile professionals in the art of hair cutting and styling. The logo's inclusion of a circle, a square, and a triangle pays homage to the Bauhaus movement, which played a pivotal role in shaping modern haircutting techniques. This nod to the school's roots and its connection to Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell, and The Cao Institute of Aesthetics highlights the depth of knowledge and expertise that Cosmoton Academy strives to impart to its students. As Cosmoton Academy continues to evolve and innovate, its logo serves as a visual representation of the school's rich history, diverse influences, and unwavering dedication to producing well-rounded, skilled professionals in the hair industry.

Scholarship Links

For convenience to the public, Cosmoton Academy has provided above information about scholarship programs that may be available to eligible applicants including links to independent websites managed by scholarship program sponsors.

Neither Cosmoton Academy nor any Cosmoton Academy employee directs or manages the content of such websites and all questions regarding the availability and terms of, and conditions for award of, any scholarship should be directed to the program sponsor.

By completing and submitting a scholarship application, you may be required by the scholarship program sponsor to consent to the use of your contact information or related application details for marketing, promotional or other purposes. Review the terms and conditions of any scholarship or grant program for applicable conditions and requirements

Housing, Library, Student Conduct


Cosmoton does not assume responsibility for student housing.  Cosmoton does not have dormatory facilities under its control nor offer student housing assistance.  According to for Lompoc Valley California, a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house rents between $1200 and $1400 per month.


The library contains reference resources and is available for use on campus during school hours.  Reference resources are not available for check out and must remain on campus. 

Student Conduct 

The rules and regulations of Cosmoton are designed to help the student learn professional habits at the beginning of his or her professional career.  All students must comply with sanitary requirements and not interferer with other students.  The student shall dress in a professional manner (see student handbook for details).  Students must comply with all laws federal and state.  Particularly laws relating to barbering.  Students may be held liable for damages to the school and its equipment.


This is an undergraduate course and no prior experience is required. However, all students must pass the entrance exam with at least 70% to be accepted into Cosmoton. The entrance exam consist of 4th grade English and Math. We do not accept students that are enrolled/attending at another barber school/college simultaneously while attending Cosmoton Academy.  The Cosmoton does not offer distance education. Cosmoton does not grant credit for prior experiential learning.  As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review the catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement.  Cosmoton Academey will also discuss personal, educational and occupational goals with prospective students prior to enrolling or signing enrollment agreements.