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Why should I choose the CSM program over another school of cosmetology?
Cosmetology students seeking a program with a long tradition of quality education, top standing within the industry, and reputation for the most thorough curriculum, invariably choose CSM. Students enrolled in the CSM Cosmetology Program earn college units toward an Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

How can I apply to the Cosmetology Program at the CSM?
You can obtain the application materials and instructions on this web site, or at the CSM Cosmetology Department. The application must be submitted to the Cosmetology Department Staff Assistant.

How are candidates selected?
Properly qualified candidates are selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

What are the prerequisites for entry into the program?
To be eligible to take the California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology licensing exam, students must have completed the 10th grade. High school graduation is recommended. Applicants must be 17 years old to test for CA State Board Licensing.

How long is the program?
It's 1000 clock hours long, two full semesters.

When do classes begin and end? What are the hours?
Morning classes begin at 8:10 am and end at 12 noon. Afternoon classes begin at 12:40 pm and end at 4:30 pm.

What does tuition include and what does it not include?
Tuition covers enrollment in the program. In addition, there are parking, student representative, health services, and material fees each semester. One-time expenses include the kit, books, supplies, and uniform.

When are Tuition fees due?
Tuition and material fees are due upon registration.

Does CSM offer any financial aid programs?
Yes, please contact the Financial Aid office at the CSM.

Is there a dress code for cosmetology?
Yes, students wear a uniform. The uniform is purchased through the CSM Bookstore.

What text book is used for the Cosmetology curriculum?
Milady Standard COSM, 2016 Softcover BNDL ISBN: 9781305812680

Where are the cosmetology classes located at the CSM?
All classes take place in the cosmetology department (Health & Wellness Building 5, Room 251).

English is not my first language. Will this be a problem for me?
There are many students for whom English is not their first language and who have completed the program successfully. Concurrent enrollment in ESL classes is strongly recommended.

Is there daycare available?
Yes, childcare is available on campus. Interested persons should contact the Child Development Center at (650) 574-6279. The center is located in Building 33, and is open from 7:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Are there any jobs available?
A recent survey conducted by a large chain salon indicates there frequently are three jobs for every cosmetology graduate.