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March 23, 2021

What to Look for in a Cosmetology School

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Have you thought about the next step in your life? Whether you’ve just graduated or you’re looking for a career change, a future in the beauty industry might be the perfect fit for you! Before you get started, you’ll want to choose a cosmetology school, but how do you know which school is right for you? Follow this guide to know what to look for in a cosmetology school and see why American Beauty College could be the right choice for you.

What Programs are Offered?

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The first step to choosing a cosmetology school is deciding what program you’d like to focus on, and see if it is offered at that school. Ask yourself these questions to help determine your interests:

  • Am I interested in learning how to style and color hair?
  • Would I prefer to work with men’s or women’s hair?
  • Do I want to learn how to care for nails?
  • Would I like to teach?
  • How long do I want to be in school?

Deciding if you want to work with hair can be one of the biggest decisions when it comes to programs, especially when it comes to choosing between men’s and women’s hair. At American Beauty College, we offer:

There could be many future career opportunities for each program, and our admissions representatives can help walk you through your options and see which program might be the best fit for you.

What Financial Aid Options are Available?

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“How do I pay for cosmetology school?” is one of the first questions for many students who decide to pursue a future in the beauty industry. Don’t worry, there are many options available for financial aid! Sitting down with an admissions representative can help you determine what those options are if you qualify, and how to pay for the rest of your tuition. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a great starting point if you require financial aid for college. At American Beauty College, we accept the following forms of financial aid:


A grant is a financial aid that you typically do not have to pay back, and is usually offered by the state or federal government.


There are many scholarships available for beauty students. We suggest starting your scholarship search with Beauty Changes Lives.


Loans are offered as either subsidized federal direct loans or unsubsidized federal direct loans. Interest rates and repayment on these loans vary, and an admissions representative can help you determine which might work best for you.


We are partnered with a student lending company, Climb. They have a simple online application and you can find out if you’ve received a loan quickly.

If you have more questions about financial aid, contact us! We would be more than happy to explain each option further, see what you qualify for, and decide which will work best for your education.

Schedule a Tour

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Scheduling a tour will allow you to get an impression of the school, feel our student culture, and meet your future peers and educators. Before your tour, we suggest:

  • Looking at the school’s curriculum online.
  • Writing down any questions you have for the school.
  • Talking about the pros and cons of each school with a trusted friend.
  • Asking yourself if you can see yourself at this school.

We understand that touring a beauty school can feel like a big event, and we always encourage future students to bring a friend or family member if they choose. Having a friend present can help put you at ease and gain a valuable second opinion on each school.

Why Choose American Beauty College

We value simple goals here at American Beauty College. We want to make sure every student receives a thorough and relevant education to the latest demands of the beauty industry. Our students should graduate confident with their skills and feel prepared to sit for their state exams. If you’re ready to learn more about what makes American Beauty College a competitive choice, contact us! We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve your beauty goals.

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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