Financing your Training

The primary purpose for financial aid is to provide assistance to students who may not be able to afford to attend classes through their own means. For that reason, our staff is available for students and families who would like to discuss their financing options.

Our installment payment plan (IPP) offers students the option to spread out payments of large school fees over a period of up to six months. The IPP is designed as a budgeting tool for students and families.

Installment payments are scheduled according to your program start date, as indicated in the Student Portal.

It is important to note Student Records including transcripts, Certificates and Diplomas will not be released until a student account is paid in full.

Contact Admissions for more information about our IPP.

Our students are not currently eligible for Federal (Title IV) loans.

We have recently applied for Federal Accreditation and are a NACCAS candidate school. Accreditation is prerequisite for participating in Title IV (federal financial aid) programs. This process can take up to two years to complete. We expect to be federally accredited by mid-2018.

“Student Loans” are only available for Title IV schools. If a student needs more time to pay for school, he or she may want to apply for a “private” or “personal loan”. These loans are generally based on credit worthiness rather than financial need. If you have a good relationship with a bank or credit union, you should start there. Lending Club is also a viable option some students have used successfully in the past.

Read more about how to finance your training when FAFSA isn’t an option. 

We are approved by the Tennessee State Division of Veterans Affairs for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code. This approval is for NonCollege Degree (NCD) Programs under Title 38, and applies to the Advanced Makeup Artistry, Fashion Makeup Artistry, Freelance Makeup Artistry, and Special Effects Makeup Artistry programs. Veterans wishing to obtain information regarding their eligibility requirements and pay rate for educational benefits should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.

Eligible military spouses are now able to receive up to $4,000 of MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) to attend Academy of Make Up Arts in Nashville. “The Department of Defense remains strongly committed to helping military spouses find employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career fields.”

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Creative Potential Scholarships

AMUA Creative Potential Scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants, based on financial need with consideration given to artistic portfolios. Award amounts up to 50% tuition regardless of a student’s economic status.

  • Open to all students in applied or enrolled status.
  • This is a one-time award applied as tuition credit to their tuition balance. Students are responsible for the payment of fees, books, supplies, and other educational costs.

Portfolio Review

All applicants with portfolios are automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration.

You can submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom at Please note, there is a $10 fee to submit a portfolio. The deadline to apply for scholarship consideration is typically 30 days prior to the program start date. 

Methods of Payment

Payments may be made by cash, check, money order, and credit card. Use AMUA Student Portal to pay online 24/7 with a credit or debit card or ACH transfer. Payments made with a credit card are subject to a 3% processing fee. 

Bank Transfer

You may use your own personal online banking portal with any U.S. bank to pay your bill. Simply login to your online bill pay; the Payee should be Academy of Make Up Arts, 830 Fesslers Pkwy Ste 114, Nashville, TN 37210

Showcase Competition

Aspiring makeup artists are invited to compete for a scholarship to attend the Academy of Make Up Arts. Learn more about AMUA’s Strange Beauty Makeup Arist Showcase.