ESI is proud to have individuals who are transitioning from military service and international students seeking a career in the beauty & spa industry. 

Military Benefits At ESI

The Elaine Sterling Institute is approved for Veterans’ Educational Benefits. If you are a present or former member of the military or a military spouse, we can help you take advantage of the federal educational benefits offered by the G.I. Bill. 

Please email for more information or visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about Military Benefits. 


International Students

ESI is an M-1 Visa school only. To acquire the M-1 status, please follow the required steps:

  1. Fill out our M-1 admissions form and email it to along with a copy of your passport
  2. An enrollment agreement and financial aid information will be sent to you while we process your M-1 registration form. This agreement includes paying the required registration fee and tuition.
  3. Tuition is either paid in full before classes start or in two payments. Please email for more information.
  4. Once approved by our Admissions Department, you will receive an I-20 form to your international mailing address (Country of Citizenship). The I-20 form must be approved by the student’s local embassy in your country of citizenship for issuing of the M-1 status visa. 
  5. Once processed, the student must pay the I-901 visa fee BEFORE entering the U.S. The I-901 visa payment is processed here:
  6. Important: An M-1 student may arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date listed on their I-20 form and in their SEVIS record. For additional information on SEVIS/I-20 program and session dates, please see this discussion on our website.
Visit Student in the States for more information and resources. 

More To Know

The Form I-20 is an important document that you should keep safe, as you will need it throughout the international student life cycle.

All M-1 students who study in the United States need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” 

In order to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee, all prospective M-1 students will need to provide their:

Name, address, date of birth and email address.

Country of birth and country of citizenship.

School Code as listed on the Form I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”

SEVIS Identification Number as listed on the Form I-20.

M-1 Student Visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. Your type of student visa must match the type of Form I-20 you have (e.g. M-1). You are expected to have the original Form I-20 at your visa interview. 

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