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License & Accreditation

The students of BHBC and the career training they receive have always been our only priority.

In addition, to ensure the students are receiving the best education possible, Black Hills Beauty College continues to offer the industry-leading Pivot Point training.

Black Hills Beauty College is licensed by:
South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
500 E. Capitol Street
Pierre, SD 57501

Black Hills Beauty College’s Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Tech, and Massage programs are accredited by:
National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences
3015 Colvin Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Black Hills Beauty College is recognized by:
South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy
1351 N. Harrison Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Our South Dakota beauty school is a member of:

Pivot Point International

Take the next step to your cutting-edge career at Black Hills Beauty College. Schedule a tour today.

Months of Class Starts for Cosmetology: January, April, July, and September

Unleash the beauty in others and be part of an ever-changing industry with a career in Cosmetology! With a career in Cosmetology from Black Hills Beauty College in Rapid City you will learn how to help people express themselves through fresh new looks in a fashion forward, fun environment. As a Cosmetologist you can enjoy being your own boss, have a flexible work schedule, and showcase your creativity! You’re only one year away from the career you have always dreamed of!

  • Unleash beauty in others
  • Enjoy a flexible work schedule
  • Be part of an ever-changing industry
  • Fun environment
  • Create fresh new looks
  • Be a trend setter
  • Help people express themselves
  • Showcase your creativity
  • Be your own boss
  • You’re only one year away from the career you’ve always dreamed of

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is a tool for students and their parents to use to get and estimate of what it may cost to attend Black Hills Beauty College. It is important to understand that this is an estimate and not an actual award.
May factors come into play when financial aid is awarded, that are not addressed in this calculator. Students and their parents are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment at Black Hills Beauty College to receive an individual analysis of the student’s eligibility for financial aid.

The Net Price Calculator does not incorporate Federal Direct Student Loans into its financial aid calculation. Students who file FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) may be eligible for low interest, deferred federal student loans. The loan amount students are offered is based on a student’s dependency status and grade level as well as past student loan history. Students and their parents are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment at Black Hills Beauty College to receive an individual analysis of the student’s eligibility for financial aid.

Tuition and fees may change depending on course updates or requirement changes. Please contact the Admission’s Office for updated information.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for and receive an actual financial aid award that may include Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Student Loans. To fill out a FAFSA go to fafsa.ed.gov. Please be sure to include our school code on you FAFSA. It is 014945.

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Black Hills Beauty College
Undergraduate certificate in Cosmetology
Program Length: 45 weeks

Overall Institutional Outcomes
Graduation Rate:  61.9%
Placement Rate:  84%
Licensure Rate: 96%

Cosmetology Outcomes
Graduation Rate:  48.4%
Placement Rate:  93.4%
Licensure Rate:  100%



Financial Aid
Higher education doesn’t have to be a financial burden on you or your family. Why? Because the federal government offers more than $150 billion each year to assist millions of students in financing their educational goals. Prospective students can locate and apply for scholarships at any number of private and public institutions.

However, to receive federal aid from the government, you must file the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Government administered student loans for career training are only awarded to students who file the FAFSA. In addition, governmental grants for career training can only be awarded to students who apply for federal aid.

What’s the difference?
Student loans must be repaid. Federal grants are gifts that don’t require repayment.

Student Loans For Career Training
A student loan for cosmetology school from federal resources is the best choice for borrowing money to cover your tuition, if eligible. The federal government offers the best options for repayment, including a non-interest accruing grace period while the student is still attending school. File your FAFSA today to determine your eligibility!

Student Grants For Career Training
There is a wide array of factors that might determine your eligibility for a federal grant to help pay for your career training.

The only way to find out is by completing the FAFSA application. Find out more about Federal Student Aid, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education.

Black Hills Beauty College administers the following federal aid programs:

  •     Federal Pell Grant
  •     Federal Direct Loans
  •     Tribal Funding
  •     Veteran’s Education Benefits
  •     Vocational Rehabilitation

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For application procedure and/or more information, call 605.342.0697.

Black Hills Beauty College Tuition

COSMETOLOGY at 1500 clock hours, 45 weeks
  • Tuition
  • Textbooks & Equipment
  • Registration Fee
  • Total
*Federal Financial Aid Available to Those Who Qualify
ESTHETICS at 600 clock hours, 18 weeks
  • Tuition
  • Textbooks & Equipment
  • Registration Fee
  • Total
*Federal Financial Aid Available to Those Who Qualify
NAIL TECHNOLOGY at 400 clock hours, 12 weeks
  • Tuition
  • Textbooks & Equipment
  • Registration Fee
  • Total
MASSAGE at 600 clock hours, 18 weeks
  • Tuition
  • Textbooks & Equipment
  • Registration Fee
  • Total
*Federal Financial Aid Available to Those Who Qualify

Additional Fees Include:

  • $20 Student Council fee.
  • State Board Test fee, mannequin, and testing supplies.
  • Additional charges if contracted hours are not completed
       by contract end date.

BHBC is a member school of world-renowned Pivot Point International. Students at BHBC are trained using Pivot Point theories, techniques, and the use professional products in the classroom and in the student salon. We believe that by using Pivot Point’s educational system and professional products, our graduates are more successful in the industry.

Textbook information for the Cosmetology and Nail Technology programs.

Book Title ISBN
Salon Fundamentals Cosmetology CB & SSG & LEP 978-1-940593-59-3
Salon Fundamentals Nails CB & SSG & LEP 978-1-936349-50-0


BHBC student kits consist of high quality tools, and equipment that can be used for many years to come as your career progresses. Our commitment and high expectations of excellence from students ensures their highest training possible for success.

*Federal Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Your first step is to complete a free application for fedral student aid (FAFSA).


“The salon I'm going to in August doesn't offer hair extensions so it's really awesome to be able to bring in something that no one else has. Overall, this was a great school!” - Alyssa – Student Quote

“My favorite thing about teaching is being able to touch the lives of so many people and seeing our students grow!” - Miss Holly – Teacher Quote

“Lots of experts here to help the students. Students are friendly, knowledgeable and supervisors were readily available to answer their questions and review their work.” - Customer Quote