Beauty School Costs for 2015

WRITTEN BY: Elizabeth On 12/10/2015 • Lifestyle

When you decide to go to school, what is the very first concern you have? If you are like many students, your mind immediately goes to money. Even when you know that you may be able to start bringing in a full-time income after you graduate, the thought of shelling out thousands of dollars for school can be overwhelming.


Submitted by Elizabeth on 12/10/2015 - 16:22

School costs change every year, due to factors like cost of living, tax code changes, an institution’s expenses, and the amount of public funding a school receives.

The U.S. Department of Education hosts the College Affordability and Transparency Center, which collects tuition and financial aid data from schools. All data given comes from College Affordability and Transparency Center statistics. Data is specific to each type of program. This includes costs of cosmetology programs across the United States.

If you are thinking of entering a cosmetology program soon, keep reading to find your beauty program of choice and learn about average costs across programs.

2015 Tuition- Cosmetology Programs

For 2015 data, 1,237 cosmetology programs reported their tuition costs to the U.S. Department of Education. The lowest reported tuition cost is $2,625 and the highest reported tuition cost is $24,650.

Across all 1,237 schools, the average tuition costs to complete a cosmetology program is $14,315 (2015).

2015 Tuition- Barbering Programs

Barbering programs tend to be similar to cosmetology programs in length and hour requirements. There are 70 barbering programs that reported tuition information to the College Affordability and Transparency Center. The lowest reported cost is $5,380 and the highest reported cost is $20,125. The average tuition for a barbering program is $12,357 (2015).

2015 Tuition- Esthetics Programs

In general, esthetics programs are shorter than barbering and cosmetology programs, so expenses tend to be lower across the board. Among 26 schools, reported tuition rates ranged from $6,775 to $15,500. The average tuition rate for attending an esthetician program is $10,135 (CATC, 2015).

2015 Tuition- Nail Technician Programs

Among cosmetology specialties and training programs, nail technology programs are generally the shortest. As a result, tuition expenses are often considerably lower than they are for barbering, cosmetology, or esthetics programs. Reported costs range from $263 to $3,500, with an average tuition rate of $1,493 to become a nail technician (2015).

Other Factors to Consider

There are several other factors that go into your educational expenses. Keep these factors in mind as you weigh different beauty programs to avoid significantly overestimating or underestimating how much you will need to pay.

First, don't forget about financial aid. The tuition prices reported above are before any federal, state, or private financial aid is taken into account. You may receive aid from a variety of sources, particularly if you can demonstrate financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your first step toward determining your eligibility for financial aid. This program awards both grants and loans to help fund your education.


You can also apply for our quarterly Cosmetology Scholarship, which amounts to $2,500 than can help you cover your cosmetology school expenses.

You should also inquire about the cost of kits and materials when you contact different schools. Cosmetology programs tend to require a lot in the way of tools, materials, and products. This is considered an expense that is separate from tuition. Schools may provide you with a materials kit that is provided to all students, require you to purchase your materials from a specific manufacturer, or allow you to choose whichever kit best fits in your budget.

Use the information here to help you stay informed about what it is going to cost to enroll in a beauty school. We hope this information helps you start preparing for your education and sets you on track to success in your new beauty career.