Frequently asked questions: 

What programs do you offer?

Cosmetology: Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment. Cosmetologist focus on providing hair care services to enhance the appearance of customers. These hair services include such things as shampooing, cutting, coloring, styling hair, and massaging and treating the scalp. Other services can include make-up application and facial treatments, cleaning and styling wigs, hair removal and nail and skin care services.

Nail Technician: A nail technician specializes in the art form and care of nails. This includes manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, gel nails, nail wraps, fake nails, self-adhesive nail covering.

Esthetician: Estheticians are skin care specialist who cleanse and beautify the skin by giving facials, full-body treatments, and head and neck massages, as well as make-up application.

Instructors Training: This program is designed to prepare students for teaching the curriculum in all subjects offered in the cosmetology license program. The student must hold a current Cosmetologist License.

How long is the program?

Cosmetology: Is a 1500 hour program and as long as you can attend full time we can have you completed in 9 months which is 187 1/2 Days, 37 1/2 weeks.

Nail Technician, Esthetics & Instructors Training: Is a 600 hour program and as long as you attend full time we can have you completed in 4 months which is 75 days, 15 weeks.

What are my cosmetology career options after attending Beauty School?

Cosmetology: With Cosmetology you have the opportunity to become much more than just a Cosmologist for example: Hairstylist, Hair Color Specialist, Perm Specialist, Nail Care Artist, Salon Owner, School Instructor, Salon Manager, Salon Coordinator, Salon Sales Consultant, Manufacturer Sales Representative, Make-Up Artist, Director of Education, Fashion Show Stylist, Photo and Movie Stylist, Platform Artist and Educator, Beauty Magazine Editor, School Owner, Beauty Care Marketing, Salon Franchisee, Salon Chain Management, Beauty Care Distributor, Salon Computer Expert, Research Chemist, Beauty Product Designer, Beauty Business Consultant, etc.


How much does a Cosmetologist earn per year:

Salaries According to the United States Department of Labor, the average cosmetologist salary range for salon professionals can average up to a $ 50,000.00 annual. Salary depends on a number of factors, such as the size and location of the salon. Earning can be considerably higher for those with experience.

What is the market for Cosmetologist?

Employment of Cosmetologist (and hairdressers, hairstylist) will increase by about 20% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than average. This growth is fueled by a number of factors including:

*The need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the labor force for other reasons.

*An increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair services.

*Increasing demand for hair coloring and other advanced hair treatments has increased in recent years, particularly among baby boomers and young people. This trend is expected to continue, leading to a increase demand for cosmetologist.

Receiving Unemployment

You can attend school while receiving unemployment compensation payments. This program is approved and encouraged by Arkansas Workforce Services. This program works in the following way.

If you are laid off or terminated because of a business slowdown or the closing of your employer, you may be eligible to receive unemployment compensation payments. Just sign up for unemployment benefits at a local Workforce Services office. If you qualify, you will be told how much weekly compensation you will receive and how many weeks you will receive compensation. This is usually 6 months; however, extensions are available. You will be required to look for employment by making three (3) job contacts each week, or you may sign up to attend school or vocational school. If you are currently receiving unemployment compensation payment, you may start attending school right away. You must notify Workforce Services of your decision. The education must be in an “approved occupation”.

Cosmetology is an approved occupation. 
You must tell Workforce Services of your choice to attend school. You will receive your unemployment compensation weekly benefit and attending class will qualify you to continue receiving your weekly benefit payment. The school will have to sign a weekly report saying that you are attending class and are you making progress. There is no requirement to maintain any grade point average.

Workforce Services will not help with your tuition or regulate your education, other than require you to go to school full time.

With our low tuition and pay as you go program, this option may work for you. You could finish your education without owing any debt at the end of course.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

If you are eligible through Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, you may be able to receive assistance for funding with tuition.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
1126 Ferguson Drive, Suite 1
Benton, AR. 72015
(501) 317-1390 Office



Arkansas Rural Endowment Fund Private Student Loans

Apply online at: www.aref.org/loan

AREF provides funding for students who attend colleges or schools which do not participate in the federal Stafford Loan Program. Typically these loans will be set at a higher interest rate and will require a co-maker. They are as follows:
  • Undergraduate Student Loans 
  • Graduate Student Loans 
  • Health Care Professions Student Loans 
  • Continuing Education Student Loans 
  • Proprietary School Student Loans