Should I go to Marinello's Beauty School or take a cosmetology course at community college?

Ok so Marinello's is way closer to me and I know it's a better school (more hands on) and all plus it has more flexible hours (mornings, evenings, and part time) and I could start school anytime of the year BUT it's going to cost me about $15,000 and I think that's too much. The Cosmo course at the community college is further away about 14 miles away, full time hrs in the morning only (7:30-5:00) Mon-Fri. It starts in the Spring semester and then again in the Fall. I heard that it's a good course but not as good as Marinello's. The reason why I am stumped is because the course at the community college is way cheaper than Marinello's I think it's about $1,000-$2,000 including the $4,500 grant I'm receiving from financial aid.I really need some advice please tell me the pros and cons of going to either school. I want to know if Im better off going to a more expensive school that is only 5 mins away for a better education and pay an arm and a leg or drive 30 mins and sit through traffic everyday for a cheaper school for the same degree. Please help I am so confused!!

3 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    Please do yourself a HUGE favor and save yourself A LOT of money and forgo those private overpriced for-profit beauty/tech schools such as 'marinello', 'aveda institute', 'toni guy', 'empire beauty', 'paul mitchell, the school', 'regency' and others as they are really no better than the more affordable County Vo-Tech school or Community College as you'd mentioned. It might take the graduate a couple of years to 'get a book' (of regular customers) before possibly making a decent salary. Then the person may be struggling to pay for rent and other expenses while trying to repay all of those student loans. The prospective student can just go to the more affordable vocational school or community college and then take continuing education courses afterwards which are required for keeping one's license up-to-date, anyway :) My cousin had gone to one of those private expensive schools for cosmetology and wished that she'd gone to the more affordable school.

    These consumer sites have negative posts by former students about those private $$ for-profit beauty/tech schools:



    - and can type into search.

    For US colleges:

    General career info: and can search 'barbers and cosmetologists' or such.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    I went there and regret to this day anyone that reads this do yourself favor and don't go try and find a local beauty school.

  • 10 years ago

    it depend if you are very serious about it.if you really enjoy it you would be pretty good at it and get your colledge funds PAID.if your not and your just having fun with it go to the cheap one

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