Cosmetology Schools

General Cosmetology School Application Information

According to a Memorandum of Understanding between the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, all Cosmetology schools must file an annual application for a Certificate of Compliance for the first five (5) years of operation, which includes a payment into the Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund (TGTF) and the maintenance of a surety bond obtained through an insurance company.  An original bond with original signatures and seal, along with the NPEC Bond Form are required.  Upon renewal, Bond Continuation Certificates or Riders are acceptable.  (NOTE:  The expiration date for your Certificate of Compliance will be consistent with the date your bond expires.  Your renewal application should be submitted within the month prior to this date.)

Please review the Cosmetology School Application Instructions below to establish an account for the online application process.


Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund (TGTF)

The Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) has adopted the following schedule of fees for participation in the Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund. This fund was created by an Act of the Georgia General Assembly in its 1990 Session (HB 319, O.C.G.A. ¡± 20-3-250.27, effective July 1, 1990).

  • Each school is responsible for a payment of 1/10 of one percent of gross tuition. This is required annually for the first five years.
  • Minimum annual payment: $100

Bond Requirements

Bonds indemnify the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) in the event that an institution closes without completing the education paid for by students. Bonds are required to be held by every institution for the first 5 years of operation. Additional information can be found here.  Institutional bond form template can be viewed below under "Related Files".

Total Tuition and Fees after refunds  Minimum Bond  
$0-$50,000 $20,000
$50,001 - $100,000 $30,000
$100,001- $200,000 $50,000
$200,001 - $300,000 $75,000
$300,001 - $400,000 $100,000
$400,001 - $500,000 $150,000
$500,001- and over $200,000