September 2, 2013
Costs for obtaining formal training as an esthetician can vary widely from school to school, especially when you are comparing schools in large metropolitan areas against schools in rural areas. There are also a number of different types of schools that offer this training. Both local community colleges and private cosmetology schools offer esthetics courses, but at drastically different prices.
Comparing The Cost Esthetician School
When determining the average cost of esthetician school, you need to make sure you are comparing similar programs. As a general rule, you get what you pay for in a cosmetology school. An in-depth esthetics program at a private school that specializes in cosmetology can cost you as much as $9,000. A program at a rural community college could cost as little as $2,500. This program might not be as in-depth, though, and you may not be offered the same opportunities as at a private school.
Different Levels of Coursework
Some schools offer several different programs for getting your training as an esthetician. Taking a less in-depth program will cost you less, although it will also provide you with less training. If this is acceptable to you is a personal decision, and should be based on what you want to do with your certification.
Avalon Institute, for example, offers two phases of its comprehensive Master Esthetics Courses. The first phase teaches the basics of skin care. Class work includes learning to analyze skin types and problems, perform treatments and facials, hair removal methods, nail techniques and makeup design and application. There are also courses on sanitation and disinfection methods and the business aspects of the field.
The school’s second phase of coursework includes more in-depth instruction. Students can test for their certification after the first phase or continue on to the second phase to learn additional skills. The techniques taught in phase two include microdermabrasion, assorted spa therapies, chemical peels and other clinical aspects of esthetics. These students are better prepared to work in a spa or dermatologist’s office than those who only completed the first phase.
In addition to tuition, there are also other expenses to consider. All cosmetology students require a student kit, which offers the tools you need while training for your certification. Sometimes these are included in the tuition, and sometimes they are not. Make sure you ask, because they can cost more than $1,000 in some cases! In addition, you must pay for your State Board testing and licensing. There is a fee to sit for the exam, and a licensing fee. In addition, there is a biennial renewal fee for all licenses in most states. Don’t forget to include these in your budget for your education.
Almost every accredited cosmetology school offers financial aid. Avalon, for example, offers grants, scholarships and even loans to qualifying students. They also offer classes on three Arizona campuses: Layton, Mesa, or Phoenix. Contact us to schedule a visit and meet some of our current students today.