Tri-State Cosmetology Institute COVID-19 Resources

Safety Protocol and Procedures and Emergency Operations

Student Catalog Addendum,Temporary Changes, COVID19


  1. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  2. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute received $161,275.00 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students on 5/15/2020.

  3. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute has disbursed $161,275.80 in the form of Emergency Financial Aid Grant checks distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of 5/19/2020.

  4. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute has 114 students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  5. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute has issued and mailed checks to all 114 students eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  6. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute took the total student allocation and divided it equally amongst the eligible students and rounded up to the nearest penny. This resulted in Emergency Financial Aid Grants of $1414.70 per student under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute sent acknowledgements to all eligible students for signature that included instructions, directions, and guidance concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants and their intended use as expressed by the Department of Education.  The acknowledgement form is shown here.

CARES Act Student Acknowledgement

In these unprecedented times, we are so proud to be a part of the El Paso community. We would like to thank you all for your continued support and patience as we try to navigate through the new normal. After closely monitoring developments in the current COVID-19 situation and by following guidance and recommendations from local, state and national health authorities, we decided to temporarily close our doors. Through the quick response and hard work of our Tri-State team, we were able to launch a temporary distance education plan to continue giving our students the best possible education under these circumstances utilizing brand new teaching methodologies. This plan was approved by all of our governing entities (US Department of Education, NACCAS and TDLR) to ensure that our students will continue on their educational plan toward graduation and licensure. This plan consists of a limited schedule of 12 hours a week of theory-only instruction, 3 hours per day Tuesday-Friday. Clock hour credit is based on student attendance time as well as active participation in polls, tests, and chat discussions. Our students are able to continue their education using the GoToTraining app and have access to chapter PowerPoints as their instructor is teaching in a synchronous environment. We are currently working with our staff and vendors to finalize the plan that will also include practical learning through temporary distance education, but as you can imagine, this is a much larger undertaking as we face supply shortages, longer shipping times, technology deficiencies in our student population and ensuring the health and safety of all our students and staff. Thank you for your continued patience as we continue to work on behalf of our students to deliver the high quality of education that is so important to us all.

We are committed to keeping our students and community informed in a timely manner. We are currently communicating with students via email, phone calls, texts and announcing any important updates and information via our social media pages. Students will need to monitor their email closely, as we are sending important paperwork as needed. We will also continue to update our website with important information.

We will continue to work closely with local, state and national health authorities to ensure our students the safest and most efficient learning experience possible. Again, thank you and we miss you!

-Team Tri-State


En estos tiempos sin precedentes, estamos muy orgullosos de ser parte de la comunidad de El Paso. Nos gustaría agradecerles a todos por su continuo apoyo y paciencia mientras intentamos navegar a través de la nueva normalidad. Después de monitorear de cerca los desarrollos en la situación actual de COVID-19 y siguiendo las recomendaciones de las autoridades de salud locales, estatales y nacionales, decidimos cerrar temporalmente nuestras puertas. Gracias a la rápida respuesta y al arduo trabajo de nuestro equipo Tri-State, pudimos lanzar un plan de educación a distancia temporal para continuar brindando a nuestros estudiantes la mejor educación posible en estas circunstancias utilizando metodologías de enseñanza completamente nuevas. Este plan fue aprobado por todas nuestras entidades gubernamentales (Departamento de Educación de EE. UU., NACCAS y TDLR) para garantizar que nuestros estudiantes continúen con su plan educativo hacia la graduación y la licencia. Este plan consiste en un horario limitado de 12 horas a la semana de instrucción solo teórica, 3 horas por día de martes a viernes. El crédito por hora de reloj se basa en el tiempo de asistencia de los estudiantes, así como en la participación activa en encuestas, exámenes y conversaciones de chat. Nuestros estudiantes pueden continuar su educación usando la aplicación GoToTraining y tienen acceso al capítulo PowerPoints mientras su instructor enseña en un entorno sincrónico. Actualmente estamos trabajando con nuestro personal y proveedores para finalizar el plan que también incluirá el aprendizaje práctico a través de la educación a distancia temporal, pero como puede imaginar, esta es una tarea mucho más grande a medida que enfrentamos escasez de suministros, tiempos de envío más largos, deficiencias tecnológicas en nuestro población estudiantil y garantizar la salud y seguridad de todos nuestros estudiantes y personal. Gracias por su paciencia continua mientras continuamos trabajando en nombre de nuestros estudiantes para brindar la educación de alta calidad que es tan importante para todos nosotros.

Estamos comprometidos a mantener a nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad informados de manera oportuna. Actualmente nos estamos comunicando con los estudiantes por correo electrónico, llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto y anunciando actualizaciones e información importantes a través de nuestras páginas de redes sociales. Los estudiantes deberán revisar su correo electrónico de cerca, ya que estamos enviando documentos importantes según sea necesario. También continuaremos actualizando nuestro sitio web con información importante.

Continuaremos trabajando estrechamente con las autoridades de salud locales, estatales y nacionales para garantizar a nuestros estudiantes la experiencia de aprendizaje más segura y eficiente posible. De nuevo, ¡gracias y los extrañamos!

-Team Tri-State


For updates and important information regarding the current COVID-19 situation please follow the link to the official CDC website.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Datos Importantes

You can also find local information regarding the current COVID-19 situation by following the link to the El Paso County Health page.

El Paso Community Resources and Mental Health Authority

Temporary Distance Education Resources

Financial Aid – andrea@tristatecos.edu

Hours, Grades, and Student Services – juanita@tristatecos.edu

Issues with GoToTraining or Student Payments – xochitl@tristatecos.edu

For any other questions – info@tristatecosmetology.com