You’ve decided to take the plunge. You’re committing to an exciting, new career in cosmetology and can’t wait to get started. But then you’re hit with the harsh reality of cosmetology school – the price tag. While it’s often significantly cheaper than a typical 4-year college, the cost of beauty school can provide a significant obstacle for those applying. Fortunately, there are other options and reasons why you shouldn’t immediately jump into an expensive program.
Expensive doesn’t equal “best”
There are a number of factors that contribute to the disparity in tuition prices from school to school. According to U.S. College Search, programs in major cities may cost upwards of $15,000 while schools in more rural areas can be as affordable as $5,000. Likewise, an expensive school may not be the “best” for your particular situation. For example, if you know what specific field you want to specialize in, enrolling in that specific program may be cheaper than a general cosmetology program.
Cosmetology school applicants need to be diligent when it comes to the specifics of what tuition costs actually cover. While some programs may include the costs of such things as a makeup kit, brushes, and tools, others do not. You may need to pay for these out of pocket.
Textbooks can be another unexpected cost especially if the material is new and you’re unable to locate a used copy for sale. Depending on where the school is located, you should account for travel or boarding expenses as well.
Job placement not guaranteed
As the Huffington Post points out, there’s a lack of significant research measuring job placement out of beauty school. If you attend a program that’s associated with a brand or chain of salons, job placement within that company may be more likely but even these positions aren’t a guarantee. Likewise, as more and more students enroll in such schools, competition over those limited positions increases.
Entrepreneurship has no price tag
Cosmetology is an industry that thrives on personal relationships. While education is important, it’s nothing without an entrepreneurial attitude and willingness to network. Jobs, clients, and gigs don’t fall into people’s laps just because they spent a lot of money on school. On the other hand, improving your portfolio, diversifying your education, and building industry relationships can lead to these better prospects.
Keep these factors in mind if you find yourself experiencing sticker shock with cosmetology school and remember that there are other options. For help with continuing education, check out our courses.