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. After the first eight weeks of training, students will be in class from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Mondays, then working in shifts on the clinic floor for the remainder of the week. Cosmetology clinic hours are 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday – Friday, and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturdays. Students are scheduled for one 30-minute lunch break every day.
How long is the barber program?
The barber program is 1000 clock hours, or 31 weeks to complete at 32.5 hours per week. After the first four weeks of training, students will be in class every day from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, then working in shifts on the clinic floor from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Barber clinic hours are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday – Friday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturdays. Students are scheduled for one 30-minute lunch break every day.
How often do classes begin?
Our starting Cosmetology class dates for 2019 are:
- Monday, January 7th
- Monday, March 11th
- Monday, May 6th
- Monday, June 8th
- Monday, September 9th
- Monday, November 4th
Our starting Barber class dates for 2019 are:
- Tuesday, January 15th
- Tuesday, March 19th
- Tuesday, May 4th
- Tuesday, July 16th
- Tuesday, September 17th
- Tuesday, November 12th
Our starting Barber Crossover class dates for 2019 are:
- Monday, June 10th
- Monday, October 14th
What is the tuition at Trend Setters?
Tuition amounts for all 2019 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?
Yes. As of September 2018, Trend Setters School has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs. Additionally, Trend Setters offers scholarships on a rotating basis to lower the overall cost of tuition. Scholarships are available as a one-time discount 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.