When do new classes start and how soon should I apply?

We have several start dates each year for Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Esthetics, Manicuring and Instructor Courses each year. Our programs do fill up quickly, so please contact us today to make an appointment for an interview and tour of the school with our admissions director.

What should I know before the interview?

Every prospective student at Glen Dow Academy must set up an appointment for an interview and a tour of the school. This first meeting will be with the Admissions Director and can be scheduled by phone. You will be given a list of materials to bring with you to your appointment. Bringing these items in will help us to provide you with the most information possible at your scheduled time. She will give you a tour of the facility and then sit down with you to discuss your interest in the school and the enrollment process. Please practice professionalism and try not be late to your appointment! This is very much like a job interview, and can determine your admittance into the school.

Does your school offer Financial Aid and scholarships?

The Glen Dow Academy is nationally accredited and Federally funded, using the FAFSA form to assist students who qualify for financial aid (including loans and Parent Plus Loans!)

You may apply for financial aid prior to your first appointment at Glen Dow Academy. Please visit www.fasfa.ed.gov to start your application for financial aid.

A copy of the previous year’s taxes can be uploaded directly from the form as proof of income from the student, and often times, from the parents as well. Again, please apply for financial aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (The school code is #009739).

In addition, entrance and exit counseling (required) can be completed at www.studentloans.gov. Scholarships are also available.

What are the requirements to become enrolled at Glen Dow Academy?

The minimum enrollment requirements are being 17 years of age and completion of a high school diploma or GED. As a private school, we do have an application process that includes a school tour, interview, and entrance exam. It is a priority at Glen Dow that we ensure a goof fit between a potential student’s work ethic and goals, and an education at Glen Dow Academy. Your first appointment with our Admissions Director will determine the next steps of the enrollment process.

What schedules are offered for your courses and how long do they take to complete?

Our cosmetology program currently only offers a full-time schedule. It runs Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and can be completed in as little as 11 ½ months. Manicuring and Esthetics classes take place Tuesday through Saturday from 8:50am to 3:45pm and takes roughly 5 ½ months to complete. Ask about our fully accredited Masters Esthetics course!

How will my day be structured? Will I work on real people?

The first eight weeks is the “boot camp” of your cosmetology training (three weeks for manicurists and estheticians). During this time, you will learn the basic fundamentals of the class. At the end of this phase you will pass a series of evaluations while getting orientated on the clinic floor, at which point you will become certified to work on actual clients in our school’s salon. After “boot camp”, you will spend one hour in the classroom each day and the rest getting real, hands-on experience with clients.

How do you handle job placement for graduates?

While we cannot guarantee you a job after graduation, you will be introduced to many industry professionals via guest speakers and special events like job fairs. This has proven to be a successful system for our students to network with salon and spa owners, stylists, product line reps, medical skin care professionals and makeup artists. We will also take you through a series of career development classes including resume writing, interviewing skills, retail sales and business management.
Glen Dow Academy is proud of its 77% job placement rate for graduates!

Is your school accredited?

The Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design, Inc. is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, 4401 Ford Ave, Suite #1300, Alexandria, VA, 22302 ; phone: (703)660-7600, an agency founded by the beauty school industry to uphold high standards and principles. The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for cosmetology schools. The academy has been accredited since March 1971, six years longer than any other cosmetology school in the State of Washington.

What product line does your school use?

For Hair: Keratin Complex, Milkshake, TiGi, Goldwell, Enjoy, KMS, For Skin: Dermalogica,  .
For Nails: OPI.

Where are you located?

The Glen Dow Academy is located at 309 West Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane, across from The Onion restaurant.

Where do I park?

Clients and guests of the school can park in our client lot, located on the east side of the building. Students have the option of purchasing a parking pass through Diamond Parking Services, using the STA, 10-hour meters, or City Ticket (streetcar from the arena).

When do I need to pay the $100 application fee?

The application fee is due at the point you decide that you are ready to enroll in school. The $100 reserves your spot in the course, so in many cases, needs to be paid earlier than later to ensure your spot in the class.

Where can I find information about licensing?

Department of Licensing
Business and Occupation Unit
Cosmetology Section
P.O. Box 9026
Olympia, WA 98507-9026
(360) 664-6626
Washington Board of Cosmetology

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses Dept. of Self Governing Agencies
Owyhee Plaza
1109 Main St. (Suite220)
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 334-3233
Idaho Board of Cosmetology

Montana Dept. of Commerce
Professional and Occupational Licensing Bureau
111 North Jackson
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(406) 841-2300 (Business Standards Division)
Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

All other states, visit www.milady.com.

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