I have checked into other schools and your tuition is less expensive - why do you charge less?

We are a family owned small business that has operated a Cosmetology school for over 26 years. We are not part of a franchise or large corporate group, which typically must charge higher tuition to pay franchise fees and costly corporate overhead. We keep our overhead low and pass the savings on to our students through reduced tuition. For example, compared to other schools we do very little costly advertising, instead relying on referrals from Cosmetology professionals and other students. We work very hard to offer a top-notch education at a price that students and their parents can afford.

Because I will be paying less, will the education I receive at your school be as good as other schools?

Absolutely! We have gathered a dedicated staff of teachers and educators who are some of the best in the industry. They teach you everything you will need to know to be successful in the beauty industry. You will learn not only the basics, but also advanced haircutting and coloring techniques. Incorporated in the Cosmetology course are segments of learning on nails,skin care, and salon management. Students in our Esthetician program learn everything about skin care, including facials, skin treatments and hair removal.

What do I need to start school?

We require the following documents:

  1. A copy of your high school diploma or official high school transcript.
  2. A copy of a valid driver’s license or ID card.
  3. Completion of an entrance evaluation to determine if this industry is right for you.

In addition, we work individual with every student to determine if they are eligible for government financial aid or loan packages. If you are interested in financial aid we will also need:

  1. A copy of your most recent tax return (if you filed last year)
  2. A copy of your parent’s tax return (if you are under the age of 24)
  3. We may need additional documentation should you have special needs or limitations.

We have an experienced financial aid staff that has many years of experience in obtaining the best possible financial aid package for all students – feel free to ask for their help and advice.

I did not do well in traditional school; how will Cosmetology school be different?

Some individuals do not do well in traditional colleges and universities because they tend to be more visual and creative. If you are one of those people who learn visually and pride yourself in being creative and cutting edge – the Cosmetology industry is just right for you. Although you will have some required reading, the majority of your time will be spent “hands on” working with mannequin heads and live clients in the school. Our instructors strive to present the material in creative and exciting way. Just remember, what earns success in the Cosmetology industry is demonstrating a great personality and skill with your hands.

How long does it take to complete the various programs?

Please review the enrollment section of this website to get information on the various programs and schedules.

Is it possible to switch from day to night school, and vice versa?

Yes, as long as we have an opening at the time slot you want to move to. We are usually able to accommodate most requested changes within a week or two.

Can I transfer from another school?

We welcome transfer students as long as you are currently in good standing and have resolved all financial commitments to your previous schools.

What do you provide in the student kit?

Our kit contains all the tools and books necessary to complete your education. We also provide you with monogrammed t-shirts and aprons to carry you through your time at CHDA. Estheticians will be provided white lab coats to wear during class and clinic services. All supplies necessary to work on clients will be provided at no additional cost to what you receive in your kit.

What if I need time off for emergencies or family problems?

We allow days for you to miss without penalty in case of emergencies or family problems – please review the days you can miss with your enrollment counselor. Additionally, we may grant you a limited leave of absence should it become necessary. We do, however encourage you take your education seriously by maintaining good attendance and devoting yourself to your education.

What is the percentage of students who graduate from your programs?

We have a high graduation rate in our programs. Please request a breakdown of our graduate rates for each program. Once a student starts we do everything we can within our power to make sure a student successfully completes the course. Remember, our success is based upon your success, so we work with each individual student to make sure they complete their course of study.

Do you assist with job placement?

At each school we maintain a list of salons that are looking for graduates. Often we are able to connect students with salon owners even before they graduate. Through our guest artist program, you will meet incredible salon owners and industry professionals who will help you establish a network with professionals who are always on the lookout for talented students. Often, by the time they graduate, many of our graduates know exactly where they will be working. Our job list is available for life to our graduates, no matter how long you have been out of school.

If I graduate in your state, can I move to another state and use my license?

Evey state has its own special requirements for licensing. Please check with our enrollment counselor about reciprocity (using your license in other states).

Do classes start regularly?

Because our unique module system, CHDA is able to start new student classes twice a month. Please speak with your campus enrollment counselor for the exact start dates.

Must I be a high school graduate to attend your school?

No, but if you have not graduated from high school, you will need a GED certificate or be able to demonstrate the ability to benefit from the training by passing the ATB (Ability To Benefit) test offered through the school. ATB tests are offered by a certified tester not employed by the school and require a small fee paid directly to the examiner.

Do you offer government financial aid and loans?

Yes, we have financial aid and student loans available for those who qualify. All government programs are based on need. Discuss your financial need with our financial aid staff who can help you to maximize the assistance you may receive to complete your education.

Is CHDA an accredited school?

YES! CHDA schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS). The Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) and the Barber and Cosmetology Board (BBC) approve the schools to operate in California. The schools are approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in Title IV Financial Aid programs.

Once I finish the program will I get my license?

Before being licensed you must pass an examination by the California State Board or Barbering and Cosmetology. CHDA is very proud of having a very high passing rate – just ask us, we will prove to you how high our rate is. We are proud of our program of intense training and drilling to pass the State exam administered during your last 200 hours of school. Additionally we administer to all students a “mock board exam” which lets you know what the exam will be like so that you have no surprises.