If you have ever considered pursuing a career in cosmetology, then you have probably noticed that you must have a high school diploma or equivalent to begin the training.
There are many benefits to obtaining a high school diploma or a GED, but the most immediate need for a diploma comes down to eligibility for financial aid.
The likelihood of being being able to cover the entire out-of-pocket expense for higher education is quite low, so it’s important to consider the options that will be the most helpful to you.
Why Do I Need a Diploma to Go to Beauty School?
Most importantly a diploma or equivalent is required to qualify for federal aid; there are also statistics that would indicate that people with diplomas or the equivalent typically earn more annually and are more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree. It may not seem like it has a huge impact on your career options, but in reality higher paying positions usually require more training and education. It all begins with earning a diploma or the equivalent so that you’re in a position to move up.
What if I Don't have my GED or Diploma?
Fortunately, the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is far more accessible now than it ever has been. There are many online options to obtain a GED if you work full-time and are unable to physically attend courses. Ask an admissions counselor for help to find out what options are available to you.
Keep In Mind:
Accreditation is very important, and it’s vital to make sure that the school you select is accredited by an agency that will be accepted by colleges, trade schools and employers.
Be Wary of Online Promises:
Though there are legitimate online programs, you’ll have to take the test in person. The only reason for this is to verify the identity of the person who will be awarded the certificate.
Additionally, remember that the GED Certificate is awarded by the state, not the institution providing the training. Programs that claim that you can complete everything online are likely not going to be accepted by the schools that you apply to.
Other Benefits of a Diploma or Equivalent:
Having a high school diploma or equivalent is one of the most common prerequisites for higher education and employment so regardless of your interest in cosmetology it is is a worthwhile investment of time and energy. And, the prospects of higher salary and advancement opportunity doesn’t hurt either.
The best way to make sure you’re investing in a legitimate and accepted program is to speak with an admissions counselor. They can provide more guided instruction and advice regarding the process obtaining the certificate, applying and being accepted. Need more info? No problem, you can get it here or call us!
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