The Elaine Sterling Institute is committed to seeking out and enrolling applicants of high standards. Individuals who are 17 years of age or older, have completed
high school or received a GED, and who seek access to quality instruction at the post-secondary level are eligible for admissions.

Applicants must note that completion of the admissions steps listed below does NOT guarantee acceptance into a program of study.
The minimum requirements must be met in order to complete the admissions process.

Individuals who are transitioning from military service and international students seeking a career in the beauty & spa industry,
please click here for more information on how to apply and financial aid. 

Online Courses

The Elaine Sterling Institute will now be offering online courses for all programs. Please contact our Admissions Director for more information on enrollment. 

All of the steps must be completed before or on the first day of class.

In the event that a student does not have all required documentation the student’s enrollment may be moved to the next class or the student’s
program kit will be held until all steps are completed an all required documentation is provided.


Accepted students will be notified of acceptance and be provided with a class start date.
Orientation during the first week of classes is mandatory and all students must attend.


Step 1

Complete the online registration form: or see an Admissions Representative on-campus to complete your registration form.


Step 2

Complete a FAFSA application for Financial Aid. Go to and complete your free Application for Financial Aid. It is important to include The Elaine Sterling Institute school code: 042045 so the Department of Education will send the Institute the completed FAFSA application. Students should anticipate the following:

  • The Department of Education will process your FAFSA within 3-5 business days.
  • The Elaine Sterling Institute should receive your FAFSA within 5-6 business days.

The Elaine Sterling Institute has computers on site in the event prospective students would like to complete their FAFSA on-campus. The student needs to ensure they are completing the appropriate FAFSA application for the award year the class is scheduled for. The website should send the student an email confirmation that the application has been successfully processed. However, the school will not receive your completed FAFSA application until three to five days after your FAFSA application is submitted. Once received an ESI Financial Aid Representative will contact the prospective student directly to schedule your initial Financial Aid appointment. Federal funds that ESI will work with for students include Pell Grants, Unsubsidized and Subsidized Federal Loans.

Common Issues with FAFSA Applications

  • Select “Undergraduate Program”
  • Make sure you electronically signed the application and click “submit”
  • Make sure you correctly answer questions regarding a bachelor’s degree. Pell grants are not awarded to students how have a bachelor’s degree.
  • When possible use the IRS DRT button to electronically transfer your tax return information into the FAFSA application. This will ensure accuracy of the information and can save time. Those that do not utilize the IRS DRT button will automatically be selected for verification.


Step 3

Schedule a tour of the campus online: or call an Admissions Representative to schedule a tour 404-256-5228.


Step 4

Your Admissions Representative will schedule a time for you to take an entrance exam that will measure your reading, writing, math, comprehension, motivation, and personality traits. The exam should not take any longer than one hour to complete. Once your exam is complete The Elaine Sterling Institute Admissions team will review your application and exam results to determine your eligibility for admissions into your selected program.

*This step can be completed the same day as the tour.


Step 5

Once you have selected your program of study and start date you will complete the ESI enrollment application. The Elaine Sterling Institute Application fee is $55 and is due upon the time your application is submitted.


Step 6

A Financial Aid Representative will contact you approximately 3 to 5 business days after your FAFSA is received. The Financial Aid Representative will discuss your options for paying tuition with you at that time.

The Financial Aid administrator cannot discuss estimated financial aid awards with the student until the school has received a completed FAFSA. Once the school receives the students completed FAFSA, then the Financial Aid Administrator will reach out and make an appointment with you to review your financial aid application and next steps.

If Selected for Verification

Approximately 40% of all students are chosen for verification. The verification process is to clear any discrepancies in the information provided on the FAFSA application. The verification process will include requests for additional documentation from the student or parent (I.e. tax transcripts, school transcripts, and identification). Once the verification worksheets are completed by the student, the school can submit the documentation for review.

This process can take two to three weeks. Once you are selected for verification there is no guarantee of start date, until the verification process is completed. Once the verification is reviewed and cleared ESI can begin the process of determining the estimated financial aid available to the student.

If Not Selected for Verification

If the students FAFSA is not selected for verification, ESI can begin the process of determining the estimated financial aid available for the student.


Step 7

Once the FAFSA, verification and financial aid award process is complete you will complete The Elaine Sterling Institute Enrollment Agreement. The Department of Education requires the following documents or tasks to be completed prior to the first day of class:

  • Provide copy of a valid driver’s license
  • Provide copy of a social security card
  • Provide copy of high school diploma or GED. High School Transcripts are acceptable ONLY if they show graduate status and are an official document.
  • VA Students – DD214 and Certificate of Eligibility
  • International Students – M1 Visa

All documentation must be turned in to start class.

*A thorough investigation into the validity of documents will be conducted
**MPN (Master Promissory Note) and Entrance Counseling are to be completed on the website. Students will use the same login and password that was used for the FAFSA application.

All the steps listed above must be completed before or on the first day of class. If a student does not have all the required documentation the students start date may be moved to the next class or the students program kit will be held until all steps are completed and all required documentation has been provided.

Documentation and copies can be emailed, mailed, or brought into our admissions office.

Have any questions?

Contact our admissions team at