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Ready to live your dream of going to cosmetology school? Because there are no national requirements for cosmetology, each state is responsible for establishing its own standards. While most states are very similar, there are always exceptions, so if you need more specific information, be sure to find your state here. Let BeautySchools.com help answer all of your questions so that you can get started in the world of beauty as soon as possible!
How old do I have to be to attend beauty school?
We know you are itching to begin taking classes, and we can’t blame you for that! For the most part, most schools require that you be either 17 or 18 years old. There are some, including Oklahoma, South Carolina and Louisiana that do allow you to enroll when you are 16. Other states do not take into consideration how old you are and only look at the level of high school education you have completed in order to deem your eligibility into their cosmetology programs.
Do I have to have a high school diploma or GED?
The most over arching answer is yes, but ultimately it depends on the school in which you plan to enroll in, the cosmetology specialty you are interested in, and the state’s requirements. In a few states such as California, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana and New Jersey, you can find schools that do accept students who have only completed 10th grade. Although vary uncommon, in Oklahoma, Connecticut and Michigan you can find cosmetology schools that will also accept students who have completed 8th or 9th grade.
Have no fear though if you haven’t received your GED or high school diploma. Many schools also have entrance exams set up for those missing the educational requirements. These tests will prove to the school that you have the knowledge to be successful in its cosmetology programs. Because these entrance exams aren’t at the state level, you need to check with each beauty school you are considering to see if this is an option they have available.
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Can I enroll in cosmetology school classes in high school?
As mentioned above, typically schools only allow students to become enrolled and take classes after they have met the educational standards they have deemed appropriate. Luckily, there are many high schools across the country that have partnered with cosmetology schools to either offer cosmetology classes as elective courses through the high school. Even better news, often times these classes can go towards your cosmetology education once you have become a full-fledged cosmetology student. Just imagine, mixing up typical high school courses such as math and science with a cosmetology class!