How to Get into Beauty School

A number of future hair stylists have written AskDeb.com and asked, “How can I get into beauty school?”. While colleges may have complicated requirements like the SAT, ACT and others, getting into an outstanding beauty school is simplicity itself.

Can I Afford Beauty School?

Before choosing a specific beauty college, always make sure that you know how much beauty schools cost. Next to, “How can I get into beauty school”?, this is one of the most important questions that you can ask.

Hair stylist programs at quality school often range from $10,000 to $15,000, while less is charged for those studying Esthetic and Nail programs. If you’re attending a New York beauty school, Chicago beauty school or Los Angeles beauty school, the cost of tuition may be even higher. However, there are institutions that offer beauty school financial aid.

If you (or your parents) can’t afford to put you through beauty school, you should take advantage of available scholarships. Over $3 million is available for cosmetology students, and even a partial scholarship can have a great impact on your bank account.

Beauty School Requirements By State

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In most cases, a beauty school will accept any student who can (a) pay the tuition and (b) qualify for a cosmetology license. To qualify for a cosmetology license, you must meet requirements for the state in which the beauty school is located.

These requirements vary from state to state, but they often include a minimum age and fixed level of education. When it comes to answering the question, “How can I get into beauty school?”, the following information is absolutely critical.

  • Alabama – A beauty school applicant must have completed at least the 10th grade.
  • Alaska – The are no requirements to enter beauty school. If you can afford it, then you can attend.
  • Arizona – Must be at least 23 years old or have completed two years of high school.
  • Arkansas – Applicant must be at least 16 and have completed two years of high school.
  • California – Must be 17 years old and have completed two years of high school.
  • Colorado – Must be at least 16 years old to apply for a beauty school.
  • Connecticut – Must have completed the 8th grade.
  • Delaware – Must have completed the 10th grade.
  • Florida – Must have completed high school, attained a GED, or be at least 16.
  • Georgia – Must be at least 16 and have completed the 9th grade.
  • Hawaii – Must be at least 16 and either completed high school or attained a GED.
  • Idaho – Must be at least 16 ½ years old with two years of high school completed.
  • Illinois – Must be at least 16 and completed the 8th grade.
  • Indiana – Must be at least 16 and have completed the 10th grade.
  • Iowa – Applicant must have a high school diploma or a GED.
  • Kansas – If you have a high school diploma, you must be at least 17. If you don’t have a high school diploma, you must be at least 25.
  • Kentucky – Must be 16 and have completed two years of high school.
  • Louisiana – Must be at least 16 and finished the 10th grade.
  • Maine – Must be 17 and have completed the 10th grade.
  • Maryland – Must complete the 9th grade and be at least 17.
  • Massachusetts – Must be 16 and have completed the 8th grade.
  • Michigan – Must complete the 9th grade and be at least 17.
  • Minnesota – Need to have graduated high school or attained a GED.
  • Mississippi – Need a high school diploma or GED and must be 17.
  • Missouri – Must have completed 10th grade and be at least 17.
  • Montana – Need a high school diploma or GED.
  • Nebraska – Need a 10th grade education and must be 17.
  • Nevada – Complete the 10th grade and be at least 18.
  • New Hampshire – Need a high school diploma or GED.
  • New Jersey – Must be 17 and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • New Mexico – Must be 17 and have completed 2 years of high school.
  • New York – Must be 17 years of age.
  • North Carolina – There are no minimum requirements.
  • North Dakota – Need a high school diploma or GED.
  • Ohio – Must be 16 and have completed the 10th grade.
  • Oklahoma – Must be 16 and have finished the 8th grade.
  • Oregon – There are no minimum requirements.
  • Pennsylvania – Must have completed the 10th grade.
  • Rhode Island – Must be 18 and have GED or high school diploma.
  • South Carolina – Must be 16 and have finished the 10th grade.
  • South Dakota – Must be 18 and have either a high school diploma or GED.
  • Tennessee – Must be at least 16.
  • Texas – Must be at least 17 and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Utah – No minimum requirements.
  • Vermont – Must be 18 and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Virginia – No minimum requirement.
  • Washington – Minimum age requirement is 17.
  • West Virginia – Must be 18 and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Wisconsin – Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Wyoming – Must be at least 16 and have completed 10th grade.