The cost of attending beauty school includes tuition, books, aprons and cosmetology supplies. Some beauty schools include the cost of books and other supplies in their tuition, while others require students to buy them separately.
Typically, in order to attend beauty school, one must consider the cost of tuition, textbooks, cosmetology supplies, kits, frocks and aprons. In 2015, BeautySchools.com estimated the annual cost of beauty school textbooks to be between $2,000 and $3,000. Beauty school students typically need to purchase scissors, shampoo and conditioners, mannequins and makeup, among other supplies. Some beauty schools offer private loans and scholarships to help cover the cost of books and supplies if they are not included in the cost of tuition.
As of 2015, the blog Beauty School Directory listed the average cost of beauty school tuition as being between $10,000 to $20,000. In rural areas of the United States, this cost averages more around $6,500.
Another cost of beauty school can be room and board, if the attending student is from out of town. According to BeautySchools.com, the average cost of room and board for a beauty school student in an urban area can exceed $20,000. In more rural areas, this cost is likely to be more in the $5,000-$10,000 range. As room and board is not a cost that is included in tuition, beauty schools are required to provide students with estimated costs of room and board for student loan purposes.