Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to know how to cut, braid, or color hair before you start school?

No, we spend the first 8 weeks training our students in the classroom on techniques and skills using their mannequins. We start right away with hands on training so you know what to expect when you complete your 360 hours and begin to work on clients.

Can you still work part time and go to school?

Yes, many students have part-time jobs while they attend school.

Upon complete of the 1800 hours, do you get a license?

Our students take a state board exam held at the Fargo & Grand Forks schools monthly. Our passing rate for this exam is always in the upper 90%. We administer three mock exams throughout the year to ensure our students know what to expect at their final exam time.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, we have financial aid available for those who qualify, both private and government programs. The government programs are based on need. The financial assistance programs are very flexible and can be tailored to your individual requirements. To apply for financial aid, go to the free application at and enter our school code: Josef’s Downtown Fargo: Code 007756  |  Josef’s Grand Forks: Code 010406  |  Josef’s West Academy: Code 010406

What are the requirements to enroll?

Students must be at least 17 years of age and have complete their High School Diploma or GED and pay the application and enrollment fees.

What is a day like at school?

We offer a wide variety of activities, from basic theory, hands-on-training, and many advanced education classes. We make sure by the time our students that they have had the best, well rounded education possible.

How do you accomodate people coming out of town regards to housing & day care?

Just ask! We can help our students find the resources needed to relocate – even match them up with other students who may be looking for roommates.

More unanswered questions? Just call us at 701-306-0712 or Our staff is here to serve you in collecting the information you need to make this very important decision.