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Laura in Surprise, Arizona

82 months ago

I'm planning on going to school for estetics after i'm done with cosmetology school in Alaksa. My question is whats the difference between medical esthetician and the other types, and also is there specific schools to go to to become a medical esthetician rather than work in a spa and that sort of thing? One more thing about how much does an esthitician make?Thanks!!

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Snow White in Redding, California

82 months ago

I am currently a Esthetics student and they are teaching us everything they can as kind of a wide spectrum program. So you can branch off and you can take courses on the side for about $500 and less that are specialist courses. At least that's how it is at this school. Like I'm taking the Microdermabrasion course and the a couple others. And I want to be a medical Esthtetician with a specialty in acne.

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emme in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

77 months ago

farah jaffery in Matawan, New Jersey said: HI I NEED TO KNOW THE SEQUENCE OF BECOMING A MED EST AS IT IS TOTALLY NEW FIELD FOR ME.PLS TELL ME ABOUT WHICH BOARDS WILL TAKE THE LICENCE EXAM IN NJ.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE LICENSE. I ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFO FOR BECOMING A MED EST IN NJ.DO WE HAVE TO GO TO A SCHOOL TO SPECIALIZE IN FOR EXAMPLE ACNE OR MICRODERM ABRASION OR LASER ETC.

The only school I know of that you can go to and become a "certified medical est.", as apposed to just an ets. is Burlington County Technical Institute.

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Greeeeeen in Sacramento, California

77 months ago

I am currently researching what it takes to become a licensed esthetician working in a med spa. Is there anyone out there who can give me tips on what school(s) are best and what the current market is out there for girls just starting out? I also am extremely motivated to open my own location any tips?

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Lisa Marie in Scottsdale, Arizona

77 months ago

I am an esthetician in AZ and I went to Kar-Che for school. I had a girl in my class from San Diego who stayed here for 4 months to complete school at Kar-Che because she was told from many professionals in Cali that its the best school to go to. So, she did. Let me tell you it was so hard and accelarated but I would do it again. I feel so well trained. If you stay in Cali for school, my advice is call some spas and ask what schools they hire from. I did that. The market is hard and has been for a while. But if you are truely motivated you will find your place. Im poor right now trying to build up a clientele but its worth it because I absolutey love it! I recommend working somewhere first for at least 6 mos to see how things operate then move on to working for yourself and renting a space. You can do it!

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Greeeeeen in Sacramento, California

77 months ago

Thank you so much for your response--very helpful to call the spas and ask them up front...thanks for your encouragement!

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Kristin in Elk Grove, California

76 months ago

I'm interested in going to school for Esthetics....I live in the Sacramento area and might need a part time school schedule. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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cbs in Salinas, California

76 months ago

Unless there have been recent changes, no state has a "medical" esthetician license. Utah and Virginia have 2-tier licenses - 600 hours for esthetician and 1200 hours for Master esthetician. California is considering adding the Master license. But, no medical esthetic license is currently available.

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Lisa Marie in Scottsdale, Arizona

76 months ago

Generally a "medical Esthetician" is usually considered a nurse/esthetician. However you can become a laser certified esthetician in some states and work on the medical side of things under a Dr.s supervision. That is what Im doing in AZ.

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Amettries Hall in Spring, Texas

76 months ago

Jeff,
Do you think its a waste of time to persue an esty lic because of the recent surge in the field?

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emme in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

76 months ago

Jeff B in Dallas, Texas said: PJ,

I totally have to agree with you.

Regarding the comment about the field being swamped. I would think that would really be based on area and what state you are in? For example here in NJ, there is only one school in the are that you can get a ertified as a "medical" esthesitian. Alot of the schools basicall have a cosmetology program and throw in learning some facials. So I know of doctors here (I am originally a medical transcriptionist), who are in need of "trained" people.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

emme in Mount Laurel, New Jersey said: For example here in NJ, there is only one school in the are that you can get a ertified as a "medical" esthesitian.

Can you tell me more about this school?

Jeff

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Amettries Hall in Spring, Texas said: Jeff,
Do you think its a waste of time to persue an esty lic because of the recent surge in the field?

I don't want to discourage you. But it would be unfair to not give you the facts. It will not be easy. Are you planning on working in Spring or are you planning on living and working in one of the larger cities line Conroe or even Houston?

Jeff

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Amettries Hall in Spring, Texas said: Jeff,
Do you think its a waste of time to persue an esty lic because of the recent surge in the field?

If you can make it to the Dallas show in Arlington TX April 13 & 14th I would suggest going and Conference and talking to others who are in the business.

dallas.skincareshows.com/

Just going to school can be a $8,000 investment and that is just for school to get your license and doesn't even start to cover advanced education.

Do you have a community college where you live?

Jeff

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Amettries Hall in Spring, Texas

76 months ago

Thanks Jeff I will try to make it out there!

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farah jaffery in Matawan, New Jersey

76 months ago

can i know more about this school in nj pls

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emme in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

76 months ago

Sure! Burlington County Technical Institute. Go to the first link below for the program. Otherwise go the second link, which is the home page, and then click on the box "skin care-esthetician" box.

email.bcit.cc/SkinCare/
email.bcit.cc/AdultEd/

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

emme in Mount Laurel, New Jersey said: Sure! Burlington County Technical Institute. Go to the first link below for the program. Otherwise go the second link, which is the home page, and then click on the box "skin care-esthetician" box.

email.bcit.cc/SkinCare/
email.bcit.cc/AdultEd/

I went to the site but can't find anything that refers to certified medical esthetics. Where am I missing it?

Jeff

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Heather B in Nashua, New Hampshire

76 months ago

I am looking to go to school for esthetics..but I really want to learn absolutly everything about it..spa esthetics..medical esthetics ect.. I live in the awful state of New Hampshire and ive been reasurching schools in NH and MA. Can anyone give me some info on a really good school in NH or MA where I could learn everything about esthetics!Im currently interested in The institute of esthetics in concord NH. help :-)

or even any other school in the U.S...maybe in Las Vegas

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

If you want to learn everything you have an impossible task. Cut your expectations down a little.

There will be three steps involved:

Optain your state license.

Each state is different but they all require you to attain training in the state you are going to practice in or already have a license in another state that they will accept.

That's the begining.

Seek Advanced education

Then plan for advanced education. Some choose to get a CIDESCO Diploma, Some ITEC, some study and train in specific areas.

Seek Continued Education.

To learn everything will require a never ending education. You will never stop. Trust me on this. Over 64 years in this industry, I still learn.

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Heather B in Nashua, New Hampshire

76 months ago

thanks for your advice! Im really interested in Catherine Kinds Institute in Woburn Ma. heres the site, tell me what you think. www.catherinehinds.edu/home.php3
it has
300 Hr. Basic Esthetics
600 Hr. Advanced Esthetics
900 Hr. Accelerated Advanced Esthetics
900 Hr. Spa Therapy Esthetics
1200 Hr. Master Esthetics (which I cant take until I take at least 300)
or the Concord Institute of Esthetics www.estheticsinstitute.net/index.asp
Thanks again Jeff :-)

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Your first is to get licensed in the state that you intend to work. Where is that?

Jeff

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Heather B in Nashua, New Hampshire

76 months ago

either Ma or NH..i live right on the border, i do know that they both require 600 hrs

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Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

I recommend getting a CIDESCO license, it covers everything the advance course does for less money in the school at Independence, MO. Look up what it means to have a CIDESCO diplomat, you'll be impressed.

www.hair-skin-nails.com/esthetics.html

I'm enrolled to start at the end of this month.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

There is no such thing as a CIDESCO License. Only your State can issue you a license. I really wish people would stop implying that CIDESCO will get you a license.

To work in a State after Cidesco you to its full potential you have to have:

A full Cosmetology License
plus a massage therapy license.

or

Esthetician's license
plus a nail tech license
plus a massage therapy license.

Jeff

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Heather B in Nashua, New Hampshire said: either Ma or NH..i live right on the border, i do know that they both require 600 hrs

If both require the same hours there's a good chance that you can optain a license in one of the States and then Optain a license in the other through reseprosity.

Jeff

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Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

Yes, Jeff is correct. CIDESCO is not a license. I worded it incorrectly in my earlier post. However, I'm advising you to get your education from a CIDESCO school.

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

76 months ago

A Cidesco Diplomat status is a certificate gained for aestheticians seeking a standard of testing in various areas of facial and body aesthetics. I have physicians seeking aestheticians with a broad background in aesthetics/nursing/instuctor background . I cannot find aestheticians job placements with just an aesthetic license. I am a nurse-aesthetician-instructor and still I had to prove myself every step of the way.
We find more nurses moving this direction because it is the future. So, send some of those applications from aestheticians to me and I will find them a job/ and challenge their background. You still would need more than Cidesco certification to remain competive and to gain opportunity in this growing field of Medical Aesthetics.
Anna D. Rinehart

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

76 months ago

It is not a waste of your time to become an aesthetician. It is important for you to have a plan that maps out what you want to achieve 5-10-15 years down the road. A Aesthetics License provides you with the basic formula of skin care . It lays the foundation for your understanding how to care for the skin during varying stages of life. It is your postgraduate education that is profoundly important for you to achieve. Never let someone discourage your ideas.
Find out about the Aestheticians International Association exam as well. This is just to encourage anyone seeking more possibilities for advancing their present license. And, finally remmber there are opportunities available with so many medical specialists. Plastic Surgery is just one stop.
Anna D. Rinehart
www.medicalaesthetics.com
medicalaesthetics.medicalaesthetics.com/

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Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

anna-dee.com/

You are a CIDESCO diplomate! Can you place me in any state or just in Austin, TX?

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Heather B in Nashua, New Hampshire

76 months ago

yea thats what i thought jeff..im going to a different school everyday this week to see which one suites me best..if you get a chance go to those websites and tell you your opinion..thanks again! :-)

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

76 months ago

Dear Martha,

Please let me know where you are located, where is your license, are you a diplomate, basically what do you have to offer a medical aesthetics practice?
I have lists of physcians located in many parts of the US and each one expects more than being able to perform a facial. I will place your name on the list once I have matched your background with what physcians in medical spa/ skin health centers are seeking for their program.
Sincerely,
Anna D. Rinehart

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Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

hello everyone! My name is Trishna and I am a licensed aesthetician here in the state of NV. I'm 25 yrs. old. I'm also a licensed manicurist. I currently do nails for living and I just do simple wax and facial at a salon that I worked for. I want to go back to school to pursue my dream of becoming a medical esthetician. I wanted to ask for your help because I don't know where to start or what to do. I just moved to Las Vegas and I'm not familiar with the surrounding. I desperately wanted to get out there and learn more about the profession before it's too late. Please give me some advices. Should I get books about medical esthetic to read to get the ideas a little bit before going into it? Thank you very much for your time! :)

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Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

Anna Dee,
I will be in touch with you upon my graduation.

Trishna et al!

I found this link on a different site...Can anyone tell me any input on this Mr. Lerna's course on medical esthetician work?

www.skinprosonline.com

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Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

Actually, I AM interested in buying this training course but I would be more interested in splitting the fee with two other students. If anyone is interested, please call me at: 917-338-3827.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada said: Anna Dee,
I will be in touch with you upon my graduation.

Trishna et al!

I found this link on a different site...Can anyone tell me any input on this Mr. Lerna's course on medical esthetician work?

www.skinprosonline.com

Here are some comments from some users on another board:

groups.msn.com/estheticiantoesthetician/advertisements.msnw?action=get_message&mview=0&ID_Message=61011&LastModified=4675662668880067096
From: juliaavery
I cannot say enough good things about this cd set. I learned more off the first cd than I did the entire time in school.

From: skincaregoddess
I've had the pleasure of working with Tino and we became friends. He is a definite pro and absolutely knows his stuff. For clinical estheticians and paramedical estheticians or nurse practioners doing skin care, his education is invaluable. He's not for the newbies, I'll be honest. You need to have some solid basic experience before jumping into Tino's classes...but he's one of the best educators I've yet to meet.

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Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

I've looked up online for school that have advanced classes for esthetic and medical esthetic and found Euphoria. I dunno if it's a good school but I'm still hesitated whether I should go there or go look for a part time job at a medspa to get experiences. Please give me some advices. Thanks!

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Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

If I were you, I'd go and "EARN while your LEARN". Why would you pay when you can get paid?

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

76 months ago

Dear Trisha,

If, you decide to go to Euphoria for advanced classes ; I would encourage you to know who is actually teaching the subjects that you are looking for within aesthetics and medical aesthetics. I would encourage you to go if the instructors are actually instructors and the itinerary meets your goals/expectations.
Sincerely,
Anna D. Rinehart, SCS, Cidesco Diplomate
www.medicalaesthetics.com
http//medicalaesthetics.medicalaesthetics.com/

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Anna D. Rinehart in Killeen, Texas

76 months ago

Martha,
Not everyone that presents teaching programs in aesthetics/ medical aesthetics are actually licensed instructors. By that I mean some individuals are representatives of a product or equipment line.I aslo mean that you should make sure of the qualifications of someone teaching or presenting a medical aesthetics program.
Sincerely,
Anna D. Rinehart

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Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

Martha,
MedSpa are closing down there businesses all over town. I've just moved here from Maine and I'm not familiar with the city of Las Vegas to get around yet.
As a Vietnamese 25 yrs. old girl, i'm afraid they would need a person with more experiences background. Otherwise, who wouldn't want to "earn while you learn" u know? Although I have obtained my license as an aesthetician for roughly 3 years now, but I've been working for salon where ONLY the owner wants to do facial themselves. I only do waxing when the owner is not present. That's why my experiences in the facial field is minimal. I wanted to expand my knowledge and learn to do more of an advanced facial and go into medical esthetic. I'm so confused on what step to take 'cause I wanted to do more than just having a license.

Anna,
I understand what you meant, but wouldn't the professor be offended if I ask whether he or she is actually an instructor who knows what he or she us teaching? And how would u know if they are actually the right person? Would they need to be a CIDESCO diplomat? I really don't want to waste the time and effort and not to mention the money on something that I cannot get what I need: knowledge and experience. I wanted to be able to perform a hands-on training too.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada said: I've looked up online for school that have advanced classes for esthetic and medical esthetic and found Euphoria. I dunno if it's a good school but I'm still hesitated whether I should go there or go look for a part time job at a medspa to get experiences. Please give me some advices. Thanks!

Trishna,

Can you send me the link to Euphoria?

aaea@earthlink.net

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada said: I've looked up online for school that have advanced classes for esthetic and medical esthetic and found Euphoria. I dunno if it's a good school but I'm still hesitated whether I should go there or go look for a part time job at a medspa to get experiences. Please give me some advices. Thanks!

I went to the Euphoria site but could find nothing relating to advanced esthetics. I did find a few of the Lincoln Schools that offered nursing courses but I found nothing that related to "Medical Esthetics".

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Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada said: here's the link to the website:

www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/schools/euphoria_vegas/

I talked to the school. They No longer offer the Medical Esthetics program.

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Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

Oh really? I was going to talk to the admission office rep. They contacted me after I left them my informations. If they no longer have the program, what should I do 'cause Las Vegas doesn't have any CIDESCO school nor medical esthetic school. I'm really confused on what to do 'cause most medspa required that I need some experiences. They willing to train BUT I need to have a little bit of experiences in laser and all.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

76 months ago

Trishna Duong in Las Vegas, Nevada said: Oh really? I was going to talk to the admission office rep. They contacted me after I left them my informations. If they no longer have the program, what should I do 'cause Las Vegas doesn't have any CIDESCO school nor medical esthetic school. I'm really confused on what to do 'cause most medspa required that I need some experiences. They willing to train BUT I need to have a little bit of experiences in laser and all.

Email me directly and I'll see if I can help.

But, I won't be able to get back to you until after tuesday because I will be at the Esthetic's conference.

aaea@earthlink.net

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Martha Chiriboga in Las Vegas, Nevada

76 months ago

if i were you, I would relocate to MO to attend the CIDESCO there. It's really cheap to rent a place to live and it's what you'll be happy doing.

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Heather B in Nashua, New Hampshire

76 months ago

So if anyone is ever interested in going to Michael's school in Bedford NH dont!! Even if its close to your home, its nothing but fake people and lies. Never mind in order to meet with financial aid or even find out about the school you have to pay $150. The financial aid does nothing for you unless you have rich parents that are going to pay everything for you. Do yourself a favor and look at other schools and you will realize how horrible Michael's is.

So heres my lovely experience..

I met with Dottie in admissions who had that valley girl fake speech and tilting of the head. Which I'm sorry but that indicates stupidity. Then I find out when sitting with her that I can get a tour of the building and a free quick up-do. Which I had.
But at that point I thought I would get some info on the curriculum, cost, and financing options ect. When I asked about this I was asked for $150 dollars. I was stupid enough to pay thinking all school were like this and it would be a in depth meeting. Well no not at all. I sat with financial aid who had the same tilting head action when speaking in a high pitched tone. While that was annoying the first words out of her mouth was "this wont take long", which I automatically knew this was a mistake. She applied online to fafsa.com, which is a federal pell grant and she then says "oh your borderline, you don't qualify for any money", so I asked what she meant by borderline. All she could say was "oh I don't know..they do there thing..whatever it is..and make there decision". In the end I was qualified for 2 federal stafford loans in the amount of $7500 (which is not based on your credit). So in the end she tells me I need to come but with $10,000 in one week in order to attend. That my only options is to get a Sallie Mea Loan with a co-signer (which depends on credit) I walk out with one hand written piece of paper and no info on any other options. (continued)

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Heather B in Nashua, New Hampshire

76 months ago

(continuted from top) Its been about a month since then and I've been calling her with a few questions and I cannot get a call back from this horrible school.

I have since looked at 6 different schools in MA and NH and not one has asked for $150 in order to get all the info about the school. I had so much fun talking to the people at these other school and not a single one was as falky as people at Michaels and everyone gave me so much info. I left each school with a smile because people were real and down to earth. I also get my phone calls returned promptly along with emails with more info. Anyways, I made my decision on which school I'm going to attend and its Catherine Hinds School of Esthetics in Woburn Mass. It has 20,000 square feet and 300,600,900 and 1200 hours programs. Im interested in 1200 hours at 15,000 which ill be certified as a Master Esthetician in spa and medical esthetics. The financial aid office was great. The women there gave me every piece of info I was looking for and I can get 2 stafford loans for around 11,000. She also is going to try harder to get me a federal pell grant because I just got laid off from my job. So that leaves me with around 5,000 I have to get. I have 2 options, which is pay directly to the school for 10 months in payments monthly of $500 or try to get a loan for that amount (which I would need a co-signer for) but I did find out that if I get a co-signer after 2 years of paying the loan off I can take the co-sign off. Which is a great option!

So anyone looking to go to Esthetics school in Mass go to Catherine Hinds its the best and in NH The Institute of Esthetics in Concord NH.

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