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Academic Advising & Student Success

Academic Advisors assist students with developing academic plans based on their degree evaluations.  Their goal is to plan the right pathway to graduation by maximizing student's potential and ensuring success based on the student's previous academic experience, career path, and responsibilities outside of being a student.  Student Success Specialists assist students in overcoming barriers that many students encounter over their academic career.  Their goal is to help students become academically successful by assisting with goal setting, interpersonal issues, success plans, and community-based referrals.  More information can be found on Commons (Student Services& Support).

State Exam Eligibility

Students who complete this program will receive and technical diploma from Chippewa Valley Technical College, which qualifies them to apply for the State Board Cosmetology Exam. Upon completion of the program and passing the exam, you will receive your Cosmetology licensure. You must be 18 years of age or older to be allowed to take the state exam.

Technology Requirements

This program requires technology which is built into the cost of the program. Please reference the Tool Kit or Additional Costs below for more information.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

CPL offers CVTC students an opportunity to earn college credit toward an associate degree or technical diploma for previous knowledge and mastered skills directly related to program curriculum. Previous knowledge and skills may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military experience, and courses completed at other institutions. If a student wishes to attempt CPL for a course in progress, it is imperative is attempted within the first week of the class to be eligible for a tuition refund. More information can be found at

Registration Requirements

Students must apply and be accepted to the Cosmetology Technical Diploma prior to registering for classes. Registration is restricted to program students to assure each student has a place in each class. A mandatory Cosmetology Informational Session will be conducted during the Advisement/Registration time before the start of the program. During the registration period, students must register for ALL courses within the semester. Students will be notified of their advisement/registration time.

General Education Course Options

Students have the option of taking either 801-356 Applied Job/Interpersonal Communication (1 credit, technical diploma level course) OR 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication (3 credit, associate degree level course). Students who have previous English credit or plan to pursue an associate or bachelor's degree should speak with their advisor regarding substitution options.

Attendance Requirement

To obtain a state license, you must complete 1550 instructional hours and graduate from the program. Salon service hours will be scheduled to accommodate evening and Saturday hours. More detailed attendance requirements will be explained during the first week of classes.

Program Supplies and Technology

In lieu of physical textbooks, students will receive an iPad to host digital curriculum. The technology and uniform kit's costs are embedded into a program course. Students will receive the technology and uniform kit within the first week of courses. Additionally, students are required to purchase a cosmetology kit, shears, and an access card that allows students to use the digital curriculum via their iPad. These items are an additional cost and must be purchased before students enroll in 502-301 Haircutting 1.

Additional Costs

These costs are approximate. Some of these costs are built into the courses' fees and are eligible for financial aid.

Costs Embedded into Course (approx.)*
$515 - Technology & Uniform Kit

  • Apple iPad 32 GB, Wi-Fi
  • Logitech Crayon
  • Apple Care – 2 Year
  • Name Tag
  • STM Dux Case
  • Smock
  • Logitech Keys-to-Go

* August and January Start Students: Technology & Uniform Kit cost embedded into 502-320 Nail Technology

Additional Costs (approx.) (available in bookstore)**
$1094 - Cosmetology Kit/Supplies
$240 - Shears
$470 - Milady Access Card (in lieu of books)
$50   - General Education Materials
Total - $1,799

** August and January Start Students: must purchase the Cosmetology Kit, Shears, and Milandy Access Card before the first semester of the program


Students may choose to rent a locker to hold their supplies that don't fit their secured cart (provided by program). To rent a locker - a nonrefundable, nontransferable $5 fee must be paid to the Student Life office. This entitles sole use of the locker through the second Friday in May. Locker availability may be limited, due to maintenance, during the months of May, June, and July. Contact Student Life for more information: 715-833-6267 or

Financial Aid Consideration

Courses must be part of the student’s program to be eligible although some specific courses may not be eligible for financial aid. Students must follow their program requirements to be eligible for financial aid. To be eligible for financial aid, students must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress of a 2.0 Term GPA, 2.0 Cumulative GPA, complete 67% of attempted credits each semester, and complete their program by the time 150% of the published credits have been attempted.

Title IX Pregnancy and Postpartum

CVTC does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions and will fully comply with Title IX regulations. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student's medical provider, and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Students are encouraged to contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to set up an appointment as soon as the pregnancy is known.

Students with Disabilities

CVTC welcomes individuals with disabilities. We will provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations for all individuals with documented disabilities. Students that might benefit from accommodations during their college experience at CVTC can contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to determine what accommodations they may be eligible for and what documentation may be required.

Last Updated: March 5, 2024 @ 8:44 a.m.

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