We normally enroll new students the first Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July and December.  Students attend school:

Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 3:00 which gives them 30 clock hour's per week.

Attending school for 30 hours per week allows for completion of the program in 12 months.  The typical student attending this schedule normally graduates within 55 weeks or less.  

The course itself is 1500 clock hours in length.  Other schedules may be arranged with approval from the School Director.

Admissions Requirements

- All students must attend a personal interview with the Admissions/Financial Aid Director

- Students must be at least 17 years old by their projected graduation date

- Students must have a valid driver's license, other picture I.D. or birth certificate, as well as a Social Security Card that can be copied for our files.

- Students must have a High School Diploma or be able to furnish the school with a transcript showing their date of graduation from High School.  A GED is also accepted in lieu of the Diploma.*

- If a student has been married or otherwise changed their name since completion of High school or their GED program, a copy of the marriage certificate, or other documentation to verify name change will be needed in order to sit for the licensure exam. 

- If a student wishes to receive credit for prior Cosmetology training, he/she must furnish the office with a certified transcript of hours received BEFORE any contract or financial aid is calculated.  There is no guarantee that all hours will be accepted. 

- Once a student has decided to attend the institution, he/she must turn in a completed application packet for enrollment, along with a $100.00 enrollment fee.

- All students meeting the Admissions Requirements will be accepted for enrollment regardless of sex, race, age, color, ethnic origin or religion.

 *Please note:  Our State Board of Cosmetology DOES NOT recognize Diplomas earned through correspondence schools or colleges unless fully verifiable and accredited by the Department of Education.

Financial Planning

Financial Aid Is Available For Those Who Qualify:

When choosing to attend school, financial planning is one of the most important steps that need consideration on your part. If you know you are going to need financial assistance in order to attend school, please discuss your options with our Admissions/Financial Aid Director during our personal interview. Sumter Beauty College is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a variety of programs on both the Federal and State Levels:

- Pell Grants

- SEOG Grants

- VA

- Vocational Rehabilitation

- Scholarship Programs

- MYCAA Program (for spouses of military personnel)

Financial aid programs do not usually cover the entire cost of the program. You are going to owe some money yourself. A variety of monthly payment plans can be arranged as well … with NO finance charges if paid during your enrollment. Our motto is: Where there is a will, there is a way! We will do our very best to help you make the plans for yourself so you are able to afford the education you want. 

Are there steps you can take to apply for financial aid yourself?


If you want to begin the application process and do not feel that you need our assistance, you can complete the FASFA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid) at

You will be led step-by-step through the application process. You will need to include our school code at the end of your application, which is 017236. Using this code gives the government permission to share your information with us.  If you need help completing your applications or if you do not have access to a computer, please give us a call at 803-773-7311. We will be more than willing to help you complete the necessary paperwork! Someone is normally in the Admissions/Financial Aid office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of each week from 9:00 until 3:00.

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), each postsecondary institution in the United States that participates in Title IV federal student aid programs and enrolls full-tine, first-time degree or certificate seeking undergraduate students is required to post a net price calculator on its website that uses institution data to provide ESTIMATED net prince information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student’s individual circumstances. You can access this information here:


Please keep in mind that this information is for estimation purposes only, and does not offer accurate figures. It is best to make an appointment for your personal interview with the Admissions/Financial Aid Director to discuss your individual circumstances. Everyone is going to be different!

This is your future! While some sacrifices and creative planning is expected, we want to help make it possible for you to achieve your goals!