2016 Update: What Does Cosmetology School Cost In CA (And Los Angeles)?

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We know how important things like average cosmetology program lengths and school tuition levels are when you're considering pursuing a career in the beauty industry. Last month, we updated our program length research with more current info, and this month it was tuition's turn.

Because people are always so curious about the cost of hair salon school, we want to provide data that's both accurate and as relevant as possible. In order to deliver on that promise, we found the average hair school tuition at the state (California) and local (Los Angeles area) levels.

How Much Is Cosmetology School In California?

Hair salon school tuition in California has increased significantly since we first researched average statewide tuition in 2014. Back then, the average tuition was $14,041. Now ranging from $7,000 up to $22,575, the average cost of tuition for California hair schools comes in at $15,418*, $1,377 (or 9.81%) higher than before.

*As of February 2016, from a sample of 106 accredited California hair schools. Additional tuition information can be found at the U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center.

Average Los Angeles Area Cosmetology School Cost

Including hair design schools in nearby cities like Alhambra, Burbank, Canoga Park, El Monte, Granada Hills, Long Beach, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, San Fernando, Santa Fe Springs, Sherman Oaks, and West Covina, the average tuition for Los Angeles area hair schools is $15,381*. This nearly identical to 2014's average tuition level of $15,338 (just $43, or 0.28%, more).

*As of February 2016, from a sample of 20 accredited hair schools in and around the Los Angeles area.

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