If you’re interested in a career as a cosmetologist or another beauty-industry related career, you’ll need to have the education, training and certification necessary to get started. That means you have to choose from the many schools available to you. This is an important step – not all schools are the same, and while some are of high quality, some should be avoided. How do you judge which ones are good options for your education?
Is It State-Approved?
Cosmetology and beauty schools must adhere to state requirements. If they do not, you should avoid them. The simplest way to start weeding through your choices is to visit your state’s department of health website and find a list of state-approved colleges that offer the training you need. If the school is on this list, they comply with the licensing and regulation requirements set forth by the government and you can be reasonably sure that they will offer a quality education.
Pass Rates Matter
The entire point of getting your education is to ensure that you can pass the state’s licensing exam (and to learn the skills needed to serve your clients, of course). In this area, not all state-approved schools are the same. You’ll need to contact each school on your list of potential choices and find out what percentage of students goes on to pass the licensing exam after graduation. The higher the passing percentage, the better the school will be for your needs. Schools with low passing percentages should be avoided.
Student Aid and Financing Options
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of schools a bit, it’s time to take the next step. Obviously, attending school is going to cost money. However, it doesn’t have to break your bank account. There are schools that offer student aid options for those who qualify, and there are also those that have financing programs to help ensure that students with limited financial situations can still get the education they need. Do a bit of digging and find out what each school offers in terms of financial assistance/financing programs and how they work and how you can benefit from them.
With the tips above, you should be able to whittle down your list of schools and find one that not only offers accredited programs, but also provides financial solutions for students in need.