AACS Membership Benefits

Most of all, AACS members act as a family, often helping each other with addressing problems facing beauty education.  This "networking" is often listed as the most important benefit to membership.

Insurance Benefits - www.aacsbenefits.com

Here is what is now available to member employees and students at  www.aacsbenefits.com :

  • Medical Insurance - choice of: employer sponsored Group Medical Insurance (5+ employees); Individual Major Medical; Individual Short Term Major Medical; Individual Limited Benefits Medical
  • Dental Insurance – five levels of coverage to choose from – classic to PPO
  • Life Insurance – with the option to talk with a licensed representative or do it yourself online
  • Free Enhanced Discount Card - receive discounts on vision, prescriptions, lab tests, x-rays/imaging, dental, hearing, diabetic supplies and chiropractic services
  • Pet Insurance - enjoy a special 5% member discount on Hartville Pet Health Insurance, brought to you by America’s Pet Plan


For a special listing of Affinity Programs for AACS Members, check out Affinity Partners


ACE Grant Program (Access to Cosmetology Education)
A nationwide marketing program designed to increase the enrollment at participating cosmetology schools.  As a participant you will receive listings of prospective students by e-mail.
Call 800-831-1086 x3450 for more information.

AACS works with Industry Partners to provide a selection of scholarships that are only available to AACS member school students. Go to www.careersinbeauty.org to get more information and to download scholarship applications.

Web listing
Your schools will be listed on the AACS website. As a member your listing will include a link to your website (if you provide it). This web listing is a great way for students to find your school. The AACS PR Committee works to increase awareness and traffic to our website so students can find your school. Enhanced listings are available for an additional charge.

Members Only Online Resources
As a member, you receive access to valuable information on the AACS website, www.beautyschools.org. Experience the essential tools, vibrant community and exceptional learning that enhance every aspect of you and your staff's professional development. We connect great information and great people and then add the most comprehensive collection of professional resources specifically designed for the cosmetology education industry.

Membership ListServe
A great way to network!  Share stories, get advice, ask questions and receive updates from other cosmetology school owners. Call 800-831-1086 x3450 to get signed up.

Conferences & Workshops Discounted Registrations
AACS specializes in updating our members with information about new teaching methods, current industry events and Washington, DC updates. As a member you receive discounted registration to all these programs. Members also have the opportunity to purchase group discount certificates for even more savings.

Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA) subscriptions for all your Instructors
CEA subscriptions are FREE for all of your educators.

You will have a direct web link to your elected officials and government agencies. Keep up-to-date with the issues that affect your business. 

Voice in Washington, DC
For those schools that participate in Title IV funding, AACS lobbies Congress and the Department of Education aggressively to protect the interests of cosmetology schools and your students.

Credit Card Processing Discount
Through Affiniscape Merchant Solutions, members have the ability to accept every form of payment (credit and debit cards), automatically collect tuition and provide cosmetology students with payment flexibility. AACS members enjoy the absence of a monthly minimum processing fee (typically $20 if minimum is not met) and special member pricing. Plus, there is no contract commitment or cancellation fee. Each agreement is month-to-month.

Milady's Online Licensing Preparation Member Discount
Milady offers AACS (CEA) members a 20% discount for their students who purchase Milady's Online Licensing Preparation, a state board exam prep tool.  50% of proceeds will be donated to AACS for the Student Scholarship Fund and the AACS Beauty Industry Image Campaign. You must mention the AACS discount in order for proceeds to go to the AACS Scolarship Fund.

Free DVD Training Program Provided by Regis
DVD’s are in English and Spanish and they cover a broad range of topics including the latest in styling and coloring techniques.

Free ESL (English as a Second Language) Program
Free ESL (English as a Second Language) Program specifically designed for the cosmetology industry provided by SUPERCUTS.

FREE Strategic Marketing Assessment with Enrollment Resources
Enrollment Resources specializes in helping you become as prepared as possible to face the difficult enrollment issues challenging Cosmetology, Esthetic and Beauty Schools in today's competitive market. They will personally walk AACS members through their tested "12 Pillar" Marketing Assessment Process and then benchmark your entire marketing plan, highlighting areas where you can re-allocate money and resources for the highest possible return. (A $1,400 retail value)

American Income Life Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefit
AIL offers at no cost to all AACS member employees a $2,500 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefit. In addition, AACS member employees are also eligible for a Health Service Discount Program and Child Safety Kits.

Liability Insurance Discount
The NAIU Student Accident Plan, from V.W. Brown Insurance Service, LLC, provides an Accident Medical Reimbursement plan which provides $10,000 of Medical Reimbursement for Accident Injury (No Deductible and Primary Coverage; $10,000 Accidental Death; and, $10,000 Accidental Dismemberment.  Also, we have an AACS exclusive Directors & Officers, Employment Practice and Educator’s Legal policy for beauty schools (limits available $250,000 or $500,000; $1,000,000 or $2,000,000) – these are AACS Exclusive Programs that no other agents can sell.  V.W. Brown Insurance Service, LLC, is also one of the few companies selling beauty school malpractice liability for estheticians.

American Background Checks
American Background Checks will provide AACS participating members with the industry’s most strategically sound and cost effective employment screening services.

Sundance Travel
All AACS members have access to an experienced, live agent 24/7, as well as discounted air, hotel and car rental. Travel reports are also available to all AACS members. Call 888-698-7707 to book you and your staff's travel today!

Contact Direct Marketing
Each member will have access to fully customized direct mail marketing. Included in this service is: Pre-Campaign Analysis, List Acquisition (Consumer, Age and Income),     Custom Creative (2-color), PURLs, Fulfillment / Mail and Post-Campaign Analysis.  AACS members will receive 250 FREE pieces with every direct mail marketing campaign of 5000 pieces or more.


NEW Discount Card for Rx Prescriptions / Vision / Dental / Hearing
RX Prescription: Average Savings of 20%; Dental: Savings of 20% - 40%; Vision: Savings of 10% - 30%; LASIK: Savings of 40% - 50%; and Hearing: Savings of 35% -65%
This new benefit is available to AACS members, students and their families at NO COST. Due to the size of our association and buying power of our membership, we are able to provide this benefit to you at no cost. To sign up for your free discount card, click here. Please note this is NOT insurance.

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