Beauty And Education: Information For Aspiring Cosmetologists

Posted on: 26 April 2016

Are you passionate about beauty and radiance? If so, consider turning your passion into a long-term career. Becoming a cosmetologist allows you to become certified in the arts of hair care, skin care, and more. Whether you want to become a makeup artist or a skin care specialist, you will need to go through the proper training. Below you can find answers to popular questions related to becoming a cosmetologist.

How Long Do Cosmetology Programs Take?

U.S. College Search says that it takes between 10 to 18 months to complete cosmetology school. There are several factors that determine how long it may take you to finish your program. Some of these factors are:

  • Whether you go to school on a part-time or full-time basis.

  • The requirement for credit hours in your state.

  • The requirements for credit hours by your chosen cosmetology school.

Many people enjoy the fact that cosmetology programs are much shorter than other alternatives. For example, it takes two years to get an associate's degree and four years to get a bachelor's degree. When you pursue this popular career path, you can quickly move on to your career in cosmetology.

Scholarships And Grants For Cosmetology School

You may be worried about the costs of cosmetology school. The cost of tuition varies greatly. Accredited cosmetology programs may cost between $5,000 and $15,000. This depends on which school you go to, as some programs are considered elite. Additionally, you will have to purchase beauty supplies, books and more. There are financial assistance options available, and some of them are:

  • Federal Pell Grants – A Pell Grant is financial aid that you do not have to repay. Your financial needs and your chosen educational program will factor into how much assistance you receive.

  • Grants Through Schools – Some cosmetology schools may offer grants to prospective students. Visit the websites of schools you are considering or make a few phone calls. Not all schools will offer scholarships, but it does not hurt to ask.

  • Grants Through Organizations – Organizations such as The National Coalition Of Estheticians and The American Association Of Cosmetology Schools provide grants to students pursuing a career in cosmetology.

What Else Should Prospective Cosmetologists Know?

It is important for potential students to note that not all cosmetology schools are alike. Some schools heavily focus on one field such as hair styling. Others provide a wide range of programs so that students can learn all of the tricks of the trade. To get specific information, contact the schools you are considering. This is the first step to finding the program that will allow you to pursue an education and career as a cosmetologist.

For more information, contact Polaris Career Center or a similar location.