Important Financial Questions to ask Your Massage School

Ask Massage Therapy School About Costs

What To Ask A Massage Therapy School About Costs Before Applying?

Before you sit down with a massage school admissions officer or even the financial aid representative who will help you find ways to pay for massage school, it’s a good idea to call ahead and talk with the financial aid office. In fact, this should probably be the second call you make when considering a massage therapy course.

The first should go to the admissions office to get pamphlets and other information. That’s because you cannot make an informed decision about where to go to school without some key knowledge at your fingertips.

 Title IV Funding

The first—and most important—question to ask is whether or not the school participates in the Federal Title IV Funding program. Without this important distinction, the school is not allowed to receive federal grants and loans. This means that you, as a student here, are not allowed to receive them either—even if you qualify and demonstrate need. This is true for many types of military and state benefits, as well.

Yes, there are other ways to pay for massage school. And no, a school doesn’t have to be federally recognized in order to provide a good education. However, if the massage school isn’t part of Title IV Funding program, find out why. This could be a red flag that the academic operations here aren’t all above board.

 Breakdown of Costs

If you walk away with no other information about your massage school, at least get a detailed list of costs (including fees, materials, and expenses).  Most students look just at the tuition of a school, and while this is your biggest cost, the additional details can add thousands of dollars each quarter. In order to get a true per-credit rate, you need to factor these in.

  • Fees come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Application fees, admissions fees, school services fees, equipment fees, laundry fees—just about anything you use at school could theoretically have a fee attached to it. Know what the school charges each step of the way and factor that in to total tuition costs.
  • Materials can also add a hefty price tag. Some schools require you to purchase your own massage table and other supplies (like lotion, oil, and linens), while others include these as part of tuition. Books, lab materials, and even your uniform also might apply.
  • Expenses vary from individual to individual, but they do matter. How far will you have to drive to get to school every day? What is the cost of living where you’ll be going? What about the costs of relocation? You still have to eat and wear clothes and go out for the occasional activity while you’re at massage school, so don’t forget to include daily expenses.

Going to massage school is a big step, and it’s one you shouldn’t take lightly. As you explore your options and consider schools, don’t be afraid to ask money questions. Massage therapy is a business like any other, and the sooner you begin to approach your future career with a level head and sound financial sense, the better.




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  1. Joseline says:


    I live in the Houston area and I am looking for an excellent Massage Therapy School that is not too far from where I live. But I would like to know which are the best Schools to go to in the Houston area close to 529. How long it takes to gradute as a Certified Massage Therapy? And if I can apply for finacial Aid and how much the classes cost? Thank you for your time.