ADMISSION PROCEDURES & REQUIREMENTS

Students are asked to meet the following requirements and procedures:
  1. Contact an admissions representative at the school to schedule an appointment for a personal interview and tour of the school facilities.
  2. Submit a completed Admission Application, a state issued photo ID or passport and required educational documentation (see High School Diploma Policy below). Persons interested in enrolling in the Cosmetology, Skin Care, Home Health Aide and Nail Technician programs that cannot provide the educational documentation and intend to pay cash for the program, must be at least 16 years of age and demonstrate the ability to benefit from the training being offered (see Ability-To-Benefit Policy below). The Massage Therapy program does not admit students under ability to benefit testing policies.
The Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm. Other times are available by appointment. At the time of the interview, the prospective student will receive a tour of the facility, a complete explanation of the program, and the opportunity to meet the Palm Beach Academy staff. The prospective student may also attend a class for the day if he or she desires. A bound copy of the school catalog may be furnished prior to the student starting classes. A copy of the school catalog can also be downloaded from the school website, www.pbacademy.net.

Palm Beach Academy admits students regardless of Race, Creed, Gender, Age, Religion, Disability, Personal Lifestyle, or Marital Status, to the extent of the law.


HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA POLICY

Persons seeking admittance to Palm Beach Academy must submit one of the following in order to satisfy the educational documentation requirement for admission:
  1. A standard high school diploma from a U.S. high school.
  2. A state - issued General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  3. A home - study certificate or transcript from a home - s tudy program that is equivalent to high school level and is recognized by the student's home state.
  4. Educational documentation from a non - U.S. school certified by a third party evaluation service to be equivalent or greater to a standard high school diploma from a U.S. high school.
Prospective students for the programs not requiring a high school diploma or its equivalent for licensure or certification, who cannot provide the educational documentation above and intend to pay cash for the program, must demo nstrate the ability to benefit with passing scores on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST).

In accordance with standards required by the school's accrediting commission and the U.S. Department of Education, Palm Beach Academy is required to have policy and procedures for determining the validity of any educational documents submitted for admissio n purposes.

The decision will be made by the Campus Director and Director of Financial Aid based on internal guidelines established by the school. A prospective student may submit a written appeal along with supporting documentation to the Campus Direct or but the school maintains the right to accept or reject any documentation provided.


ABILITY TO BENEFIT (ATB) POLICY

Applicants who are at least 16 years of age and intend to pay cash for programs that do not require a high school diploma or its equiva lent for licensure or certification, but do not meet the education requirements noted above in the Admissions Procedures & Requirements section must demonstrate the ability to benefit from the training being offered at the school. Students who are admitted under the ATB policy and have not previously borrowed Title IV funds or attended a Title IV institution prior to July 1, 2012 will not be entitled to receive Title IV funds for their program. For students who attended an eligible program at another Title IV institution, received Title IV funds at another institution or at Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty prior to July 1st, 2012, may establish eligibility at Palm Beach Academy by using any of the ATB alternatives below:

  • Pass the Ability to Benefit Test (ATB)
  • Completing 225 hours to satisfy the academic qualifications for receiving FSA
Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty will document that a student qualifies to use one of the ATB alternatives. Such documentation could include documentation from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) that a student previously received Title IV, HEA student assistance or a transcript or other documentation from a previous institution that demonstrates enrollment in a Title IV eligible program. Although a st udent may receive Title IV funds based on the ATB requirements prior to July 1, 2012, a program may require a high school diploma or its equivalent in order for the student to receive a license in their respective program of choice. You may speak with a Fi nancial Aid representative in reference to what programs require a high school diploma or its equivalent.

ATB applicants for admission are required to pass the WBST with passing scores that achieve a minimum 8th grade level standard. The WBST consists of two 20 - minute timed tests. Minimum acceptable scores are 200 on the Verbal & 210 on the Quantitative section.

The test is administered by an independent tester by appointment only at the school facility for the sole purpose of admission to Palm Beach Ac ademy. If an applicant fails to pass the WBST, they may retake the entire test again immediately. After a second failing score, the applicant must wait at least six (6) months to re - test. The cost of each WBST is $40.00, paid in advance. The fee is forfe ited if applicant fails to appear on their scheduled date of exam for any reason.

Every student admitted under ATB guidelines must meet with the Registrar department during the Satisfactory Academic Policy checkpoints in their program. During this meetin g the Registrar will go over the students' progress and offer additional guidance if needed.

If an ATB applicant is still enrolled in secondary school, a letter from a school administrator must be provided indicating pursuit of the training won't be detrim ental to the student's regular school work.

The school does not accept students into the Massage Therapy program under the ATB testing policies.


International Students


GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The International applicant who wishes to study at Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty (PBA) must:
  1. Possess the equivalent of a U.S.A. high school diploma AND,
  2. Provide an official evaluation of the high school diploma; this evaluation must be prepared by a credential evaluation company.
  3. Be at least 16 years of age.
  4. Have all documents translated into English by a professional certified translator.
  5. Submit origin al documents, which will be returned to the applicant upon review by the International department.
  6. Complete all forms in their entirety.
  7. Have all forms typed - Handwritten forms will not be accepted.
  8. Have a valid passport. Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States.
  9. Pay the International Application Non - refundable fee

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