Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the cosmetology program?

The cosmetology program is 1500 clock hours, or 50 weeks to complete at 30 hours per week. Hours of training are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. After the first eight weeks of training, students are required to work periodic evening shifts (2:00 PM to 8:00 PM) on an alternating, flexible schedule, based on student choice.

How long is the barber program?

The barber program is 1000 clock hours, or 31 weeks to complete at 32.5 hours per week. Hours of training are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. After the first four weeks of training, students will be in class every day from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, then working on the clinic floor from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Students are scheduled for one 30-minute lunch break every day.

How often do classes begin?

Our starting Cosmetology class dates for 2018 are:

  • Monday, January 8th
  • Monday, March 5th
  • Monday, April 30th
  • Monday, June 25th
  • Monday, August 27th
  • Monday, October 29th

Our starting Barber class dates for 2018 are:

  • Tuesday, February 13th
  • Tuesday, May 8th
  • Tuesday, July 10th
  • Tuesday, September 11th
  • Tuesday, November 13th

Our starting Barber Crossover class dates for 2018 are:

  • Monday, July 9th
  • Monday, September 10th
  • Monday, November 12th

What is the tuition at Trend Setters?

Tuition amounts for all 2018 programs are: Cosmetology $9,950, Barber $6,630, Crossover $725. Trend Setters offers scholarships and flexible payment plans to help lower the monthly cost of tuition.

Do you offer financial aid?

Some forms of financial assistance are available. Additionally, Trend Setters offers scholarships on a rotating basis. Scholarships are available as one-time tuition discounts to all students entering in a given class. Please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships page for more information, or contact the Financial Aid Director for details at (573) 803-2030.

Will you help with job placement?

We aid in job placement but do not guarantee job placement. We list job openings in the school to keep students informed about local salon and barber shop openings in the area, and offer education in job-hunting skills like resume preparation. Local salon owners, barbers, and managers are also invited to the school to talk about working in a professional setting and what qualities they look for in potential employees. Students are encouraged to seek industry-related work prior to graduating from the program.

Do you have large classes?

No. We believe it’s important to keep classes small for better individual attention.

Will I get to practice on real people?

Yes. Students in all programs will spend most of their time practicing techniques with actual clients. For Cosmetology students, the first 8 weeks of the program (known as “Phase 1”) involve practicing on mannequins and other students, in order to prepare for the clinic floor. Barber students have a shorter 4 week Phase 1 program before starting in the clinic.

What product brands do you use?

We use Redken products for hair care, Artistic Nail Design products for nail care, and Clinical Care Skin Solutions products for our skin care services.