Hey there. Okay now yes Aveda schools are supposed to be the best. But as far as money goes Id say go with the cheaper one. I currently work as a shampoo assistant at a top salon/spa in Northern VA and I didn't attend an Aveda school, but once I get my license the owner says we can work on my Aveda knowledge and have me working as a stylist. So.... maybe I just got lucky but I would assume if you get your license and go apply as a shampoo assistant at an Aveda salon...it may take some time depending on how much they like you but I can't see them saying no we won't teach you the Aveda ways. The owner and stylists at the salon I work at say beauty school is just to help you pass the state board and get your license, its not meant to teach you anything special that will help you be a successful stylist. All the real learning comes afterwards. So, I'm not saying do it this way but its another option, that can possibly get you a cheap education and an Aveda career if you get the right salon. Good luck!