Subsidy and Eligibility

HairToStay is a nonprofit organization that offers need-based grants to offset the expense of scalp cooling systems for chemotherapy patients being treated in the United States.

About Scalp Cooling

There are two basic approaches to Scalp Cooling: Manual Scalp Cooling Systems and Automated Scalp Cooling Systems. Click here for more information about your options for scalp cooling.

Scalp cooling minimizes chemotherapy-induced hair loss by continuous application of precisely cooled caps (either individual caps or using an automated scalp cooling machine) to the scalp beginning just prior to each chemotherapy infusion and continuing during and immediately following the infusion. Currently, insurance companies are starting to cover scalp cooling and we ask that all applicants seek coverage.

How to apply for a subsidy

Read the Eligibility Requirements below. If you qualify for a subsidy, there are two options for submitting your application.

Fill out the digital Scalp Cooling Subsidy Program Application online, using a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

Please note: Have all necessary information relating to your income and treatment handy prior to beginning your application. Navigating away from an in-progress application may result in you losing any data you’ve entered.

Eligibility requirements

To receive a subsidy from HairToStay, you must meet the following requirements and provide supporting documentation as described in the Scalp Cooling Subsidy Program Application.

Demonstrate Financial Need: For most patients, your household income must be at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Chart 1 below shows the usual maximum income levels that will still allow you to qualify for a subsidy. Special donor-targeted funds exist for residents of certain parts of the United States as well as for patients receiving treatment at certain medical centers. The eligibility criteria for these funds ranges from 400% of the FPL to 600% of the FPL. You will be notified upon approval if you are eligible for special donor-targeted funding.

Chart 1:

Income maximum for 400% of Federal Poverty Level

For each additional person in your household, add the following:
48 Contiguous States – $5,380
Alaska – $6,730
Hawaii – $6,190

How you will be notified

You will usually be notified within one week of submission of a completed application regarding the status of your application. If you have not heard back, please contact us by email at or by phone at 800-270-1897.

Please note the following important policies regarding the use of your subsidy funds:

Please note the following important policies regarding the use of your subsidy funds:


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