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Frequently Asked Questions

Students can get common questions answered here.

How long does it take to complete my program?

How long it takes you to complete your program depends on the program you choose. All of our programs are offered as either Full Time during the day or Part Time during the evening.

The completion times are as follows:

PROGRAM AND LENGTH Cosmetology: 15 months (FT) 22.5 months (PT) Barbering: 12 months (FT) 18 months (PT) Hairstyling: 10 months (FT) 15 months (PT) Esthetics: 5 months (FT) 8.5 months (PT) Nail Technology: 5 months (FT) (PT)

How do I obtain my license?

Once you have completed your program you are required by the State of Colorado to take a state board exam. The state board exam consists of two separate exams. The first exam is a practical, which is all hands on. The second part is a written exam. Once you have passed both exams, you will be given your Colorado State license. There are three different testing facilities in Colorado for you to take your exam. Practical exams can be taken at the Garden of the Gods location and in Denver. Examinations are administered by PSI. You can go to for more information on the exams.

Do you offer Financial Aid?

Yes! We offer Federal Financial Aid to those who qualify. We offer Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Grants (SEOG), Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Loans, and Parent Plus loans (all based on your individual needs). You can apply for Federal Financial Aid by going to For more Financial Aid information, call 719-419-5829 ext. 1003 and speak with Ms. Margaret.

Do you accept the GI Bill®?

Yes. International Salon and Spa Academy is approved for the training of Veterans. For more information, please contact Ms. Margaret in the Financial Aid Department, 719-597-1413 ext. 1003.GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government Web site at 

Do you accept transfer credits?

Yes. Transfer credits are reviewed on a person-to-person basis. If you have credits from another school, please contact our Admissions department to set up a time to discuss these credits. 719-597-1413.

Where do I need to purchase my textbooks?

Textbooks are included in each program’s kit. You do not have to worry about purchasing your own textbooks. These are the books you will be using for each program: Professional Service for Men: ISBN 978141050849

Miladys’ Standard Cosmetology Book: ISBN 1439059306

Milday’s Standard Esthetics Book: ISBN 1428318925

Milday’s Standard Manicuring Book: ISBN 1435497686

Can I do this?

International has been successfully training students for 50 years. If you are a High School graduate or have your GED and the desire to learn, you can do this!

Will I fit in?

International students are from all walks of life and age groups. Our students are as young as 17 and as mature as 65. You will not only fit in, but you will most likely make friends that will last a lifetime.

Will I be able to find a job after I graduate?

The Beauty Industry is one of the Nation’s fastest growing occupations. The industry is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. Over 45,000 positions went unfilled last year in the industry. In the same year, there were 1,487,000 personal care professional employed in the nation’s 396,563 Beauty Salons, Barbershops, Day Spa’s, Resorts, Hotels and Cruise Ships. There are many opportunities for you after you graduate. Rest assured, a career in the Beauty Industry will offer you personal freedom and many financial rewards!

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