September 22, 2022

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Touring a Beauty School

Getting a certificate or a diploma in cosmetology school can jumpstart a rewarding future. However, since going to school requires some significant investment on your part, you have to be careful about what to study and where to go. Beauty school tours are a great way to find out everything you need about a school and ask the necessary questions. So, before you fill out that application form and enroll in your first class, here are some questions you need to ask:

1. Is the School Accredited?

An accreditation is a professional acknowledgement granted to a school or institution by an independent party. It indicates the school has passed a specific set of standards in teaching and training students for a career in the beauty industry. Not every beauty school is accredited, which is why you need to know if the school you are considering has passed state and/or national accreditation. As such, accredited schools are more likely to offer high standards of education through a well-balanced, comprehensive, and updated curriculum. An accreditation also means that the school can offer certain types of financial aid (to those who qualify) that other schools cannot, allowing you more ways to pursue the future you want. 

2. What Types of Programs are Available?

Although the majority of beauty schools offer the most popular courses, they may not teach the specific area of interest that you want to specialize in. Look for a school with the specific program options you are most interested in. It is also a good idea to inquire about class schedules, especially if you are currently working or intend to join a class part-time. Many beauty schools offer night and weekend classes that you can attend as your schedule allows.

At Avalon Institute, we offer many programs for you to choose from so you can follow your passions. These programs vary in length and may offer night courses. Our programs include:

  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • And more!

Other schools may have more or less programs depending on your state or school. Contact your school or ask that question on a tour. 

3. What are the Requirements For Students to Start a Course?

Beauty schools often require students to meet certain age and educational requirements prior to acceptance. Most schools set the minimum age at 16 years and require students to have completed their high school education or equivalent. Although schools may set minimum standards before accepting a student to a program, they also have to comply with state requirements, so it pays to check those too.

beauty students in class

A high school diploma or GED is all that’s required to enroll at Avalon Institute. Concurrent enrollment is available to current high school students at our Layton location and all of our locations are happy to work with current high school students to find a solution that works for them.

4. How Long Does Each Program Take to Complete?

Each state has its own requirements for beauty schools and how many hours are needed to get a license in your field. For our cosmetology programs, these are the state hours required for Avalon’s locations:

  • Arizona: 1600 hours
  • Colorado: 1200 hours
  • Nevada: 1600 hours
  • Utah: 1600 hours or 2500 apprenticeship hours

While states require specific hours, each beauty school may require additional time. As you tour the beauty school, be sure to ask if they offer full-time, part-time, or evening and weekend classes to fit your schedule. Typically, evening courses are shorter, so it may take you longer to complete your training. 

5. What are the Payment Options?

Beauty school can be expensive, which is why many beauty schools offer financial aid* to students or accept scholarships from third party sponsors. Keep in mind that going to beauty school is a commitment, so be ready to face the financial aspects of preparing for your future as a beauty expert. Knowing how much each program costs can help you decide the right course for you  and what you can do to ensure you meet your obligations. 

At Avalon Institute, students who are eligible need to file a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each school has their own FAFSA code, so contact us or visit our website to learn more. Our admissions staff is ready to help you with all your financial aid questions. 

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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Schedule a Tour at Avalon Institute!

Are you ready to learn more about the opportunities available at Avalon Institute? Contact us or visit our website to schedule a tour. With locations in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah, Avalon Institute is here to help you gain the education you want..

We’re happy to answer any of your questions and help you take the next step on your path toward a future in beauty!

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