Frequently Asked Questions
How has Trend Setters responded to COVID-19?
Trend Setters has taken several measures to protect the health of our students, staff, and guests during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We are continuing to enroll for all programs through this time, although space is highly limited. For more information on this topic, please visit our COVID-19 page.
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 every Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, then working in shifts on the clinic floor from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, then working in shifts on the clinic floor from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Students are scheduled for one 30-minute lunch break every day.
How often do classes begin?
Our starting Cosmetology class dates for 2023 are:
- Monday, January 9th
- Monday, March 6th
- Monday, May 8th
- Monday, July 10th
- Tuesday, September 5th
- Monday, October 30th
Our starting Barber class dates for 2023 are:
- Monday, January 23rd
- Monday, March 13th
- Monday, May 15th
- Tuesday, July 18th
- Monday, September 11th
- Monday, November 6th
Our starting Barber Crossover class dates for 2023 are:
- TBD (Call Admissions desk for details.)
What is the tuition at Trend Setters?
Tuition amounts for all 2022 programs are: Cosmetology $12,500, Barber $8,330, Instructor Training $4,998, Crossover $375. Additional fees for books, kits, and registration may apply.
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. Financial aid is available for qualifying applicants to the Cosmetology, Barber, or Instructor Training programs. 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.