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It’s important to evaluate your beauty school options early on in the process to give you ample time to choose the right program for YOU! This will allow you to look at the requirements and make sure you’ve completed all of them before filling out applications to different programs. Almost all beauty schools require you have a high school degree or GED and pass an entrance exam but there are schools however that will accept you if you are finishing up your high school degree, on the grounds that you earn your degree on time. For instance, Empire Beauty School accepts high school seniors into their program.
Once in a program, if you decide it’s not for you, you have the option to transfer to another school in your area. The thing to be aware of though is that not all of your completed coursework may transfer. Different schools have different teaching techniques, so they may not accept credits from other beauty programs.
When should I apply for cosmetology school?
Cosmetology programs start several times throughout the year, usually in January, March, June, August, and October. You should plan on having all of your application materials submitted no later than 30 days before your start date. The length of your course will depend on your state’s requirements and whether you go to school full-time or part-time.
We recommend receiving information and touring as many beauty schools as possible before enrolling in one. This will give you the chance to compare the cost of multiple programs, the teaching style, and observe their students in action. Even if you feel sure about your choice, seeing other schools can cement your decision and let you know that you’ve made the right choice. Ready to start your cosmetology application process?
What questions should I ask while touring different cosmetology schools?
As you decide which beauty school is right for you, keep some thoughts and questions in the back of your mind.
- Is the school accredited?
- Does it offer financial aid?
- Are the instructors interacting with students and helping them to ensure they are salon ready after graduation?
We think it’s also a great idea to talk with salons in your area to hear what their general impressions are of students who have graduated from that particular program to get a feel for if the program can help you be successful. Talking to other cosmetologists will also help you get a feel for how their experience while in cosmetology school prepared them for the industry. Often times they’ll be able to tell you what schools have a good reputation and which ones to avoid.