Frequently Asked Questions

Deciding to attend Cosmetology school (sometimes called Beauty school or Hairdressing school) is a big commitment. The International Institute of Cosmetology (IIC) hopes to answer some of the many questions that you may have:

Why choose the International Institute of Cosmetology (IIC)?

Your training is not about one product line or personality; it is about elevating your skills to the highest level of artistic creativity. IIC’s devotion to hairdressing, skincare, evolution, acquisition of knowledge and personal success of each one of our students is what makes this school stand out among the rest.

What is cosmetology?

Cosmetology is often referred to as hairdressing. A cosmetologist may treat and style hair but the root of the word is Greek and means beautifying. A cosmetologist can perform a variety of beauty treatments that include cutting, color, or hair extensions. Some also specialize in skin care and may do pedicures, manicures, facials, or apply make-up to a client.

Is cosmetology school right for me?

If you are a creative person who sees inspiration and beauty in the everyday world, and desires to help others feel self-confident and empowered, then the answer is YES!!

How much does cosmetology school cost?

We know that paying for school is a top concern for students. That’s why we have a financial aid team who will meet with you, walk you through your options and answer your questions. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, find out more at:

How long is the Cosmetology program?

The Cosmetology program is 1500 hours long. With perfect attendance, IIC students can complete the program in about one year. Find out more about cosmetology/ hairdressing at:

How old do I have to be to start?

For Cosmetology, Nail and Eyelash programs students must be 17 years of age and older.

What can I do with a cosmetology license?

There are many career opportunities for graduates with a Cosmetology license. These include (but are not limited to):

Hair Designer Competition Color Specialist
Celebrity Designer Salon Manager Salon Trainer
Salon Owner Platform Artist Educator*
Cruise Ship’s Hair Designer TV/Motion Picture Designer
Manufacturer’s Representative Research Assistant

*May require additional certification or licensure

Does IIC offer financial aid?

Yes, IIC does offer Financial Aid for select programs to those who qualify. IIC is approved to offer Federal Pell grants, Subsidized Loans, Unsubsidized Loans, and Parent Plus Loans. Learn more at

How to get a Cosmetology License?

Graduation Requirement

  1. Complete all of the 1500 clock hours
  2. Grade average of at least 75%
  3. Complete all unit and course work requirements
  4. Complete final mock state board exam
  5. Pay tuition and other costs in full as stipulated in the contract

CT Cosmetology Licensing Requirement

  1. Successful completion of a course of not less than 1,500 hours of study in a school approved by the Connecticut State Board for Barbers and Hairdressers or in a school teaching hairdressing, cosmetology or barbering under the supervision of the Connecticut State Board of Education. 
  2. Pass CT Hairdresser State Board Exam
  3. Completed 9th grade or equivalent
  4. File licensure application with CT DPH

For up to date licensing information please visit the CT DPH Licensing website here.

What other programs are offered other than Cosmetology at IIC?

In addition to Cosmetology, IIC also offers a 100 Hour Nail Technician program, 50 Hour Eyelash Technician program, 45 Hour Makeup Artistry course as well as additional short workshops. that lead to licensure in the State of CT. Coming Soon IIC will also offer a 1000 hour Barbering program. learn more at

Is the school accredited?

Yes, IIC-Wethersfield (main campus) and IIC-Plainville (additional location) are accredited with NACCAS, National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc. NACCAS is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a national accrediting agency for Cosmetology and related studies.

How can I give back to my community?

The cosmetology industry believes in community involvement. At IIC, our students and staff participate in a number of community events. See some of the organizations that share similar values as IIC that we support,

How do I get started?

Call/Text the Admissions Department at (860) 571-0330 to schedule a tour and begin the enrollment process!